I'm holed up in the Super 8 near the school where I'm teaching until mid-May. The accommodation situation, it turns out, is going to be pretty ridiculous for me. There's a campus guest house, but it's unavailable about half the time I'm going to be here, which means I'm going to be cruising around between the hotel and the guest house and my own home sweet home for 4 months. I'm adjusting my expectations. You forget that while you have been plotting how things are going to go down, there's an entire administrative world that is only minimally concerned about you, in the grand scheme, because schedules are being arranged for 20 other people. I got spoiled at my last sabbatical job, where they just handed me an apartment and said mazel tov.
On the upside, this town has an amazing food coop. Which is good, because I will not have any way to cook apart from scamming the hotel lobby microwave and the faculty toaster oven. I busted out some unused organizational skills and froze dinners for myself last week and the week before, and packed them in my trunk. I'm thawing smoky split peas and barley on the heat register even now.
And speaking of organizational skills, I'm also going to spend the next few months picking out my outfits in advance, three teaching outfits per week, so that I can pack them up and move out of my home sweet home on Monday nights. Does this not seem like a big deal to anyone else? Maybe you style all your outfits for the week on Sunday nights, but I don't. I'm now seriously considering a voice teacher uniform. Some options:
The best part about this one is that it's made of "tender fleece and cotton." I have been wanting clothing that is more tender.
Might get a little hot/cumbersome in the studio.
Also, I just finished season one of Battlestar Galactica, and Tricia Helfer's character annoys the crap out of me and her speaking mannerisms drive me up the wallllll. But my uniform google search took me circuitously to her website, where I discovered that she is a crazy cat lady who raises funds for kitten rescue, and my hate has abated.