It’s one of those awful things – I never appreciate free time until I have none. Having the summer gig at the language school and the night class at the urban college are great as they provide me with some income until the fall. For the urban college class, I read lots of material for discussion and have a never ending supply of papers to grade. Plus, I volunteer a few hours a week at my local branch library.
Getting into the rhythm of this during the past few weeks makes me sleepy. I’m not a morning person and now I find myself having to wake up much earlier than 8am. It’s not as bad as it was a few summers ago when I was waking up 3 or 4am and I was doing lots of prep work before a super-early summer class at the urban college. That caused me to to have some all-day, all-night sleep-a-thons at least two times. One of them was sleeping in on a friend’s birthday party. The worst that happened to me recently was that I slept in on an appointment to get a haircut. I called the guy up, I got there ASAP, and he squeezed me in with my lateness. He was booked and it was cool of him to do that. I just wouldn’t make a habit of it. Just to cover myself next month, I had him book me an hour later. Hopefully, no more sleep-a-thons.
I miss taking some time to prepare for the night class. More importantly, I miss time to dick around and give myself time to concentrate on reading wonderful books and literature. The reality is, I frittered too much of my time away, especially on watching stupid reality TV on Bravo. Or Twitter and Facebook. Given that I don’t have an in-front-of-the-computer job, being on these social networks is a horrible waste of time. Twitter’s great on the iPhone during breaks, but Facebook doesn’t show as well. When I had more time, I constantly thought about how to make better use of time. Now with less time, I think about what to do in the hours in-between things. Though, honestly, sometimes all I need to do is give myself a break.
That said, goodnight, everyone. I know it will be morning by the time most of you read this.