The second sabbatical of my professional academic career. A hard earned respite at that... Just a little less than 2 years ago I was fumbling along frantically attempting to resurrect what little life was left from the mess of a dying Graphic Design program. My enormously pregnant belly kept me just far enough away from the desk that I was forced to work very quickly and deliberately. Meanwhile the sounds of my spry young chocolate lab puppy's slobbery chewing practice rose from somewhere under the desk in the general area where I was once able to surveill my feet as needed. It has been quite a run.
Today marked the beginning of Faculty Inservice for the the fall semester and I am so lucky to sit this one out. Even though I feverishly dedicated my every Tuesday and Thursday of this past summer to wrapping up the loose ends of my roles on campus, as of today, I am still not finished. The struggle is real. Each day new things present themselves as things that cannot go left undone and thus need my immediate attention. Or staff and colleagues finally make a move toward completing some long awaited item so that I can finish my own. For instance, in 24 hours time I was notified of $50,000 worth of DESE money that my program qualified for and I was thus thrown headlong into a PO requisition writing frenzy. Grateful as I am for these opportunities, I am hopeful for the absence of these constant demands on my time for the next few months.
I have been making lots of little plans like my last plan for the construction of a studio pin-up wall here at home or my slow unpacking of the toy camera bags that have gathered dust and other unnecessary junk. This is not to the exclusion of domestic projects, both large and small, that have stood in my way for years on end like baby books, kids artwork, painting, cleaning out my studio flatfiles, etc. as they have all started to heat up in the foreground or the background.
My library book pile has grown as well...
The game plan for my sabbatical is to:
1) spend some time everyday in my studio
2) to do yoga everyday
3) attend SPE conference & many more
4) investigate putting the History of Photography online
Lastly, my first born started kindergarten today - and the time just keeps careening past me. I am at a loss for some type of comprehension of this moment. So like any good artist and momma might do, I made some photographs in search of some truth...
...and so it begins... Again! Yes!
Reading materials from the day...
Eleanor, by Harry Callahan
Tell the Wolves I am Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
Yoga for the day... Homestyle 15min