Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring Break

I have a lot to do while I’m on break, including getting ready for the opening of Can’t Live Without You on Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at the Willow Theatre.

So blogging will be light and variable for the rest of the week.  Just as well; I don’t want to get buried in the weeds of the aftermath of the Mueller report any more than you do.  And if you do, then this isn’t the place to look.

Monday, January 7, 2019

In The Bleak Midwinter

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.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Break

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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One More Day

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.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Break

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.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter Break

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Break’s Over

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.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Back to Work

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.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To-Do List

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.

Sunset over Key Largo 03-31-13I’ll think about it.