Normally I’d consider a month without travel akin to a month without sunshine, or food, or episodes of Dancing with the Stars. But nothing about the last few months has been normal and the fact that we aren’t going ANYWHERE for a whole four weeks feels, quite honestly, awesome.
Our most recent trip (to London) was rife with highs and rather awful lows, and all I want to do right now is stay at home in Brooklyn. In fact, we have a party to attend on the UES tonight and even that feels like an unreasonably long distance to travel 😉
What will I do with all the the extra time?
Well, midterms are looming, so there’s exams to write (and then exams to grade).
There’s lots of soccer to watch, and plenty of writing to do. My goal for the month is to finish the current draft of ABSENT and if I’m going to make that deadline, I’ll need to knuckle down.
Also, I’ve been offered a temporary (Spring semester) position as a Visiting Assistant Prof at Queens (I’m currently working there as an Adjunct). This is deeply awesome, but it also means more work — most notably in the form of developing a new course on the Archaeology of Identity. That shit ain’t gonna prepare itself.
So, time away from travel doesn’t mean I’ll be lolling around eating bon bons and bathing in champagne (well, except on the weekends). And, of course, it’s only temporary. In November I’ll head to San Francisco for an anthropology conference and to New Orleans to spend time with my mother-in-law, and then there’s Christmas in Seattle and a writing retreat in Vegas. So, never fear, your favorite always-on-the-road writer will be back to her old tricks in no time.
For now, though, I’m happy to be home.