Finally! Day after day, month after month of dryness (we had one of our hottest and most arid summers this year!), it rains this morning. It’s a welcome change, but there’s no way I’m going anywhere (for the next hour or so, at least). San Diegans don’t know how to drive in the rain, especially right after it first starts.
As usual, the school week is exhausting. Part of what keeps me going is that I’m employed. I do like meeting new students and teaching them new things, though I can’t say that for all of them. There are some I will be glad that I’ll never have to deal with once the semester is over. I’ll remain vague on that right now. To get back to the positive, it is always nice when students in the lower level classes ask me if I’m teaching the next level course the following semester.
In the midst of commuting to the various schools, teaching, preparing, and grading papers (which seems to never end!), I have to find some ways to stay sane. I’m at a place where I want to do creative activities more and more, such as art and fiction writing. Also, taking more time to read what’s not on the curriculum helps foster that creativity. It’s so easy to put these things on the backburner, but I feel I’ll certainly be a better teacher for it if I make the time for myself.
In my spare time, I’ve gotten prolific on the postcards. As I mentioned earlier this week, I joined the Post Due Collective, and I’ve had fun doodling and making collages. I also got a postcard from Chris Gregori, who coordinates Post Due, and it’s really cool!
I also sent out some postcards. I sent this one to illustrator of the interesting postcard above:
I sent this one to Rob. I hope he likes the Gold Lady.
This one went to Brandi, my friend from grad school who’s familiar with the Gold Lady:
And this one goes out to Jack in Oceanside:
I hope you all enjoy these cards as much I have making them.
There’s a postcard swap coming up soon in the Post Due Collective. When I get the card from my swap partner, I’ll post it here. I’ll also post the one I send out to him or her.
If you’re interested in doing the postcard swap, you can go to Post Due dot Com. If you’re interested in getting postcards from me, e-mail me at shindotv at mac dot com. You can also send postcards to me at:
PO Box 125003
san diego, ca 92112-5003