I'm still having trouble blogging on a regular schedule. Establishing a routine has been a process, and one I'm still working on. Today I'm in the Barnesville public libary, which is air-conditioned and delightfully quiet. Since the students have come back, it's been crowded and high-energy in the Olney library. That's wonderful for the school, but not necessarily for moi!
I was able to do some walking over the weekend. I visited the school's apple and peach orchard (or one of them), which was a treat. It was like a Miss America pageant of beautiful fruit. I also explored some of the woodsy areas near my house, where I saw deer, monarch butterflies and lots of wildflowers.
I met a history professor from Ohio University, which has a campus nearby in St. Clairsville. He found out I was a writing teacher in a former life and immediately began to recruit me to teach as an adjunct at OU. The pay is higher than at the community college and the university seems to have winter classes available, so I may teach there come January. It made me feel better about my decision to turn down the community college job. We shall see.
Otherwise, I'm scarcely seeing Sophie as she's absorbed into dorm life, though she still comes to me when she needs something. I like that. Her roomate seems to be just like her--they're even taking an identical schedule--so I hope and pray that works out. The boys are adjusting to school. Will is quite happy about field hockey and art class, which is focusing on working with clay. Both the boys are taking Spanish class and reading O. Henry in their humanities class.
I'm auditing a gardening class and slowly working on an article for Rise Up magazine. I do need to find more freelance work, but the trivia of life has been overwhelming me lately. Any time management hints would be appreciated! How do you keep all the trivia from eating your time up? Tonight I may be going with the dance class that Sophie is co-teaching to see an exhibit of dance photography in Wheeling.
So -- I know I'm late on this -- what does everyone think Palin?