Welcome to 2018. Please!
Despite despair over political stuff, I personally had a good year in 2017.
1. I spent time in the UK and really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the birding and the British Library, but also lots of smaller trips.
2. I went to Barcelona, and it was fabulous! I fell in love with Gaudi's work, and if I could figure out a way to make my house into a Gaudi house, I would.
3. I wrote up a self-review and got really lovely support from my department and chair.
4. I wrote up a sabbatical request and got sabbatical (though I deferred it until the coming academic year to go to the UK).
5. I finished two big summer projects, and some smaller ones, too.
6. I practiced violin and improved a lot, and passed my Book 3 test. (But then I didn't practice for four months... and it really, really shows.)
7. I was a good friend, I think, and a good daughter, sister, and aunt (etc.).
8. I taught some good courses, including a real challenge (Victorian Lit), and taught well, mostly.
9. I'm pretty healthy. (I did have some bad colds, but a cold isn't so bad.)
Disappointments, yes, too.
1. I didn't bike as much as I'd hoped, or do other outdoor stuff. (The bad colds were part of that.)
2. I goofed off more than anyone should.
Goals for 2018
1. Do a good job teaching this semester to have a strong send off for sabbatical. I'm working on a new senior seminar in earlier British Lit, and I hope I can pull it off well. (More about that soon.)
2. Keep focused about the sabbatical project(s).
3. Get outside and play more.
4. Practice the violin again.
Looking forward to:
I'm expecting a couple of friends to visit this spring, and I'm happy and excited and looking forward to those visits. Not many people visit flyover country.
I've started practicing violin again. I didn't practice for four and a half months, and I feel like I'm starting from the beginning. I'm not, though. I've gotten through the first several Suzuki Book 1 pieces again, and am doing scales and broken thirds again. I'm focusing on trying to keep my left hand relaxed and my bowing strong.
I have a lesson at the end of the week, and I'm sure Strings will be able to focus my re-learning in some helpful ways. I hope it doesn't take me longer than the 4 months I was away to regain what I'd learned before!