Something I thought about:

  • I had a little bit of down time this week and crashed hard and realized, oh yes, this is what happens when you’re burned out. When you’re going non-stop, you don’t have time to be tired, and then when you do stop, well, it’s tough to do much of anything. The past two years have been a lot — writing and defending a dissertation, completing an intensive CELTA, moving internationally, buying a house, starting two new jobs — and when I write it out, I think: right. Being tired is a totally normal response to all of this. On top of that, the holiday season is one of the busiest and most stressful times of year, and it’s a time when Lausanne is particularly charming, and I miss the markets and festivities; this Christmas feels more complicated than usual because I miss the little delights of Swiss Christmas. I’m working on carving out time for myself in all of the busy-ness to simply be — not always mom or teacher or manager — but a reader, a writer, a baker, a media lover — and I’m craving simplicity.

Something I did:

  • Did not go to French class (not entirely on purpose)
  • Did not teach (Thanksgiving Break)
  • Read
  • Hosted a small family Thanksgiving
  • Hosted a small brunch
  • Reflected

Something I read:

  • Begin Again by Oliver Jeffers 11/20
  • Wound is the Origin of Wonder by Maya C. Popa
  • Flamer by Mike Curato
  • So to Speak by Terrance Hayes