Hi Lila --
Well, everyone needs a vacation now and then, especially us! I'm glad Charleston was great. When I was about 17, I went on a teenage Spring Break rampage with my best friend in her dad's Cutless Sierra (gunmetal gray, about 70 feet long) through Savannah, GA -- I know it's not the same city at all, but some cities in the South, Savannah, Charleston, Richmond, all have the same flavor to me, conjure up similar images of hot afternoons, lace parasols, planations. Very Scarlett O'Hara.
I appreciate the compliment re: writing. I've taught it for so long -- perhaps too long -- and that sometimes takes the joy out of it. Dissecting a thing sometimes kills the magic of that thing -- but sometimes it enhances it. You know, like when you overanalyze a movie or a text -- sometimes you see meanings you never would've thought of superficially; sometimes you pick it apart and kill it dead. I am taking a break from teaching at the moment; perhaps it is the time to re-discover my own writing, instead of students'! You don't know how nice it is to read without a pen in one's hand! I LOVE not having to grade every book I read! Ah, the life of an academic....Seriously, there is a story in all this, in all of us. I may not be the one to write it, but, in any event, we have to believe we are creating something of real meaning here. This forum, our relationships together have created something new and real. The volumes we have written! The deep concerns and feelings we've chosen to be brave enough to expose...
I'm hooked into Shady Grove at Rockville, because it had an opening earliest and was relatively convenient; when I made the appt., I wasn't sure about the Annapolis move (still aren't sure as we're still waiting), so I went with that one. I see them Aug. 25, so we'll see about shifting around after that.
Once we are settled (um. wherever that may be), I am going to venture out of teaching. Into what, I have no idea. I have skills, but no skills, if that makes sense. On paper, I have a BA in Lit., an MA in Literature, post-graduate work in Teaching of Writing, 7 years in the university....and I worked at a yogurt store when I was 16! I mean, all I've ever done is write, read, analyze, write some more, and teach. What the hell do I do with that, if I choose not to teach? It's an exciting time, and, as you say, a time of questioning -- but the questioning can be a positive, it can be a moment of change for me. I just have to be brave and creative. Oh, yeah, easy.
Vitamins: I take B6 (around 150mg) and Vitamin C (around 750mg through tablet and food) and a prenatal from Fresh Fields/WHole Foods, like you do. The B6 and C are for a possible Luteal Phase Defect and the prenatal is called SImply One. It's one pill a day and it is easy on my stomach; it has all the good stuff: folic acid, etc. I will ask my mom re: green tea, but I believe I read it is beneficial. Ask Liz about this; I think she drinks it. I, too, am cutting down on the diet coke to a few "treats" a week; I just make sure I use the Splenda kind.
Well, I'm off to sleep -- the humidity tires me out. I meant to write back to Aimee and Liz tonight, but I'm just tired! I'm so lame. I will be leaving for Toronto from Thurs. afternoon until Monday morning, so I will check in tomorrow, but will be away for the weekend. You went South; I go North -- let's hope there is less humidity there!
Good to hear from you, Lila. Take care --