Well, friends, that was a much longer absence than intended. There have been so many things I wanted to share recently but not enough energy. I finished up my last final yesterday morning, and then I finalized my students' grades and turned those all in. I am happy to report that I do not have to return to school until next fall! Grades aren't all back yet, but I know that I did get a well-earned A in microbiology and my education classes. I'm still waiting on physics and genetics.
Last night and this morning, however, I'm feeling this strange nagging feeling that usually indicates I've forgotten something. Is there a paper I didn't turn in? Some reading reflection left undone? Oh, no, it must be a physics problem set! But, no, there is nothing left. And even if there was something I didn't do, that doesn't matter anymore.
It's a strange feeling, being done with class. Grad school at Michigan wasn't like this; I could always be doing more even if classes were done. I suppose, in some senses, that I probably should be doing some education reading over the summer. But I don't have to do any schoolwork, so that makes a difference. Furthermore, I have elected not to work this summer. Matt and I are taking a road trip out west for the month of July. We'll spend the rest of the summer puttering around Minnesota, decluttering around the house, and enjoying the great outdoors.
I'm excited to share with all of you! Now that school is done, I promise I will be back much more. I would make excuses for my absences, but I know the best apology is a change in behavior in the future. Consider this my first step forward. One foot, then the other; one foot, then the other.