I went back to work on Thursday, and despite wishing we had more time off, I think it was a good way to ease back into it. I felt rested and prepared, and both days went smoothly. I only have about three more weeks with these students, as we are on a four by four block schedule, and then I get a whole new group of students for the second semester. There are pros and cons about this system, but I think on the whole, the students benefit from it, as it allows them to focus on only four classes per semester.
I'm reading A Year of Living Consciously; I've read it before and found it to be very helpful, but since it's been quite a few years, I thought it would be a good thing to do again. This time, I'm keeping a little notebook of key points, words, or reflections. So far, I've read it in the morning, and then again right before going to bed, and I think it's a good way to internalize each day's concept.
I'm working on a pair of handmitts, using the Fleur-de-Lis Wristers pattern by Tanis Gray. The pattern looked intriguing, especially the ruffled cuff. I'm using Noro Silk Garden instead of the recommended Cascade Yarn, because I'm trying to use what I have, but unfortunately, I didn't realize I only had one skein, so I ended up buying a second skein this afternoon. If I had realized it before I started, I would have used one of the multiple skeins of Kureyon for the mitts and the Silk Garden for the ruffles. Oh well, good intentions and all that.
Meanwhile, I have a big batch of granola using the recipe from Alana's book baking in the oven, filling the house with the sweet smell of cinnamon, and the whole weekend stretching in front of me. Life is pretty good, isn't it?