First Official Day of Summer Break
It's amazing the things you can get done when you don't have to go to work. My first official day on summer break was quite productive in a nice, relaxing way. I washed my sheets and hung them out to dry, did some academic reading and a touch of writing, got the dog groomed (she was so overdue for that!) and took her for a walk, and even grilled steaks for supper. As I was washing supper dishes, my younger son brought his plate to the counter and said, "Thanks for cooking us dinner, Mom." It made me feel a little pathetic that my son sees an evening meal as a treat, yet then again a nice family dinner isn't something he takes for granted.
On the academic side of life, I ordered some books from Amazon.com and Half.com...all academic, no juicy romance novels...those would only depress me, I think. Here is what I have coming:
- Sexual/Textual Politics by Toril Moi
- Teaching Maritime Studies by Phillip Buckner
- The Territory of Language by Donald McQuade
- The Empire Writes Back by Bill Ashcroft et al
- Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung
- Is There a Text in This Class? by Stanley Fish
The books are all for the syntheses and dissertation. I have 12 full pages completed on my English Studies synthesis. I want to get it wrapped up in the next week and get started on my pedagogy synthesis. So, now it's time to move to the deck (my new office) for a little more reading and writing...