Which brings me to my bookish point. Lately, I've been lamenting the loss of time for creative endeavors like reading all the novels I want or mega movie marathons, just me, my couch, a stack of crime DVDs and a basketful of yarn. I spend hours grading and planning on the weekends (which I'd managed to forget I would do in the 5 years between this and my last teaching job). It's especially noticeable this time because of the huge shift in time commitment and because I'm now really cut off from the hugely supportive and creative peer group I built in Boise (email and FB are awesome, but it's not the same as a Saturday chat session at Dawson Taylors or beers at Bittercreek). I do have excellent friends here, but the time, man. I go to bed at, like, 9:30 these days. Even on weekends.
Anywhoosie, in the spirit of working with what. I have, when I have it, I'm working to put my creative outlets into my job. I volunteered to help with the new crochet/knitting club at school, even though it means I have to stay at school til 5 that night. I have a projects class, which is kind of a fake elective in that the kids don't get to choose who they have, but I can choose a fun curriculum. This trimester, we're doing a modified NaNoWriMo program. We started writing this week, and the stories these kiddos are writing are fantastic! Sure, some are hackneyed, some are obviously fanfic, and one is so good, I admit I googled to make sure it wasn't plagiarism. Next tri, I'm hoping to do a sci fi class (as the Language Arts teacher, I'm all writing, very little literature, which is fine, but I miss talking about books!), with a poetry class (maybe making chapbooks) in the spring.
Which means I need some ideas for good poetry/sci fi for seventh graders. I'm almost thinking A Wrinkle in Time for the sci fi except I hate that book. Well, I'll figure something out. In the mean time, I have a day off, thanks to late nights of PT conferences, so I'm gonna outline the. NaNo novel, go to the yarn store, and drink another cup of coffee.