I got a robocall from the Superintendent of Schools of Miami-Dade County last night welcoming me and the rest of the population back to school today. This proves once again Einstein’s theory of relativity: two weeks can seem like a lifetime when you’re waiting for something to come along, like a vacation or break (this is technically not vacation time), and a microsecond when you’re approaching the end and looking at going back to your normal schedule.
Where did the time go? What did I accomplish?
Well, I did catch up on some sleep, although it took almost the entire time to adjust my circadian rhythm to waking up at a reasonable hour (and I still got up in the middle of the cycle to use the facilities; sleep doesn’t win out over nature). I binged on “Downtown Abbey” and got to the middle of Season 6 and now face the dilemma of deciding which is my favorite character: Mrs. Patmore or the Dowager Countess? (As for eye candy, tough choice between Tom the chauffeur turned erstwhile gentry or Jimmy the footman.) I wrote 56 pages on my new play and did extensive re-writes as I went, which is how I write. I met with the director and producer of “Can’t Live Without You” to plan the production coming up in March at the Willow Theatre in Boca Raton and set up a Facebook page to promote it (see what I did there?). I spent four days with my parents in Cincinnati, which I posted about already. I went to Christmas dinner and a nice open house at Bob’s and the Old Professor’s house and enjoyed their Christmas and New Years revels. And I paid marginal attention to Trump and his ravings because I was on a break and why ruin a perfectly nice two weeks with extensive examinations of a lunatic?
When I lived in northern Michigan (and had a brief reminder of it this week), I remembered how we all got so joyous over the coming holiday season and heard about letting it snow, letting it snow, letting it snow, etc. Then the holidays were over and the damn snow and cold stuck around and really wore out its welcome by the middle of January, knowing we still had about four more months until it was safe to open the windows and let in the air (and even then). The hard work of getting through the winter was still ahead of us when the parties were over on January 2. I think that becomes the metaphor now for our political scene: Yay, we elected a record number of women, minorities, and progressives to offices ranging from Congress to local school boards, but the bleak midwinter of getting through the crap of Trump, MAGA, and the mythical Wall still faces us and, like a Michigan snowbank, will take a long time to melt away. Sometimes it takes a shovel. Or in this case, a gavel.
So I’m up and ready to go back to work. I’ll wear clothes that have been in the closet for two weeks, I’ll find my MetroRail pass, and the routine of doing the job will come back to me. (Knowing that I have a limited number of working days before I retire gives me hope and uncertainty, but that’s another post.)
I just hope I remember my password to my work computer.
My two-week winter break begins today around 1:00 or whenever I decide to leave the office after our holiday luncheon. Then I’m off until January 7. I have nothing much planned other than some visits with friends and — I hope — a lot of writing that has been patiently waiting inside my head to get transcribed.
That’s my way of saying that things are going to be a little quieter here at BBWW for the break. Of course I’ll have my usual Christmas observance and year-end wrap-up and prognostications, but I won’t be getting up at 3 a.m. to do them. I’m also getting ready for a lot of theatre and car show stuff coming up in 2019, not to mention my looming retirement from Miami-Dade County Public Schools next August, so there’s a lot to look forward to and get ready for.
A lot of blogs and sites use the end of the year as a time to shake the can and ask for donations. I’ve never done that — at least blatantly — but if you feel the urge, I won’t stop you. It’s the yellow Donate button on the sidebar.
And what would the break be without a visit from Snowball? He sends greetings from his retirement villa atop my dresser, but here he is from a few years ago when he was decking the halls. What a crazy cat.
Tis the season already.
Someone got one of my credit card numbers and tried to buy something at a Citgo station in Houston on August 21 — and was declined — but the bank didn’t let me know until I tried to buy gas yesterday. I spent a total of 45 minutes of listening to “your call is very important to us…” before I got through.
Long story short version: I need to go to my local branch and get a temporary card until they issue a new one (4-6 business days) and then change all the accounts where the card is already set up as the form of payment.
So I’m taking another day off.
In case you haven’t figured it out from the few hints I’ve been dropping the last few days, I, along with the rest of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, am on spring break until Monday, April 2.
I have a lot of things to do, including some home improvement and writing, so blogging will be on vacation schedule. Posting will be light and variable.
We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow.
It’s that time of year again. School goes into winter break this Friday until January 8, and for me I’ll be taking the time to do a lot of writing and catching up on sleep. I’ll probably take a day trip down to the Keys, and of course there’s the holiday celebrations with friends.
That means that starting today blogging here will be light and variable. I’ll be checking in daily and posting my usual holiday remembrances and my annual review and forecast, and of course there will be A Little Night Music.
So have yourself a merry little whatever you do, and enjoy the time off if you get it.
My Christmas tree.
Back to the regular schedule for today and tomorrow, then off to Kansas for the rest of the week.
What did I accomplish over break? Well, I finished my paper for the scholars conference at the Inge Festival (“Around the Kitchen Table – A Set Piece with a Dramatic Role in Modern Drama”), finalized my travel plans with the festival coordinators, found out when my short play will be presented (Thursday at 4:30 p.m.) and started prepping for the workshop I’m presenting on Friday entitled “Writing on Writing.”
I also went to a Seder on Monday night, helped celebrate a friend’s birthday, and actually cleaned the house. I’m exhausted.
Thank you for the kind words of support to me and my family. It is gratifying to know that you are there for us.
As you may have surmised, I am on winter break from work until January 9, 2017. Until then blogging will be light and variable but with something every day; at the least there will be A Little Night Music to either lull you to sleep or energize you to get through the coming months.
Would you turn down an invitation for an overnight to the Keys?
Neither would I. See you tomorrow.
I’m off to visit my family this weekend, so blogging will be light and variable until next Tuesday.
Spring break is over and I’m getting ready to resume my duties both here and at the office. I had a quiet time off and actually got some stuff done that had been waiting for me to do them. I also found out what it’s like to wake up when the sun comes up.
Anyway, things will probably take a little while to get back up to speed, but I’ll try to keep up.
I’m off until March 28. Time to sleep in, catch up on reading, do some writing, maybe take a day trip, see a movie, work on a research paper, write a novel… whatever. Blogging will be light and variable.
Need to take a little break here. Not to worry; I’ll be back before sunset.
Now that I’m back home and have a few more days off, there are a couple of things on the to-do list. I do plan to see the new Star Wars movie so no spoilers, please, but I also need to do some things around the house such as clean out the garage and maybe even do a little tidying up other than the usual. I might catch up on my writing; there are a couple of stories in progress that need attention, and I might even get started on a new play.
Or I might say the hell with that and go for a day or two in the Keys.
I’ll think about it.
I’m off to Stratford, Ontario, to take in the Stratford Festival.
Since 1970 this was an annual pilgrimage with my parents, who looked forward to this time even more than their son with all those advanced degrees in theatre. This time I’m going with someone who has been an important influence on my theatre studies for nearly forty-five years and a good friend as well. You know him as The Old Professor, a cognomen he bears with bemusement. He is generously sponsoring a good deal of this journey, and my gratitude knows no bounds.
We’ll be seeing four plays while we’re there as well as dropping in on some favorite haunts such as Fanfare Books, exclusive distributors of my scripts in Canada and Rundles, the favorite restaurant of my father.
All of this is my way of saying that I’ll be on my vacation schedule while I’m traveling. I’ll post some pictures and notes about the plays we see and the places we go, but posting will be light and variable.
Exit, pursued by a bear.
Okay, spring break’s over.
I caught up on some sleep, did a couple of fun car show events, took the Pontiac in for its annual spring check-up, and even had time to catch up with some friends.
Anyway, back to work, and blogging is back to its normal schedule. Try to control your joyous rapture.
It’s the time of year to celebrate the vernal equinox by giving the fourth-largest school district a week off.
I have plans: Over to Naples (Florida) for a car show, then back to judge another car show, then write a paper for the scholars conference at the 34th William Inge Theatre Festival, help strike a theatre set… and then there’s Tuesday through Sunday to do nothing.
Blogging will be light and variable, but I’ll be popping in on a daily basis.
Break’s over. I’m back to blogging on the usual schedule. Please try to contain your exuberance.
The time off gave me time to do things around the house like pressure-clean the patio, do some real housecleaning, get caught up on a lot of reading, and enjoy the holiday celebrations with friends. I also had a great time at the Miami 1-Acts Festival. We had a bit of a scare before the second performance of A Life Enriching Community; one of the actors woke up the morning of the show with the flu. But a couple of calls later and we had a real trouper step up and do her part like she’d been rehearsing it the whole time. The next theatre adventure is the One-Minute Play Festival coming up January 17th and 18th.
I also got a lot of writing — and re-writing — done on the novels-in-progress, and I am striving to keep true to my prediction that I will finish at least one of them by the end of the year.
But enough about me. I suppose I could recap all the news I didn’t write about, but you probably know all of it already.