That semester I wrote about over 8 weeks ago? It is finished.
I took a comprehensive essay exam for my survey class yesterday, turned in that (hopefully) publishable paper late Sunday night, and turned in a far from publishable paper last Friday. Finished my grading last Tuesday. So, it is done. Starting tomorrow I’m going to try to wrap up Spring 2010- that Aquinas paper that I have yet to write. Hopefully by Saturday all my registered coursework for 2010 will be finished.
It is UNBELIEVABLE how much mental space is freed up when a semester ends. I’ve been frustrated with things around the house (housekeeping challenges, etc.) all semester long, but could not bring myself to do anything meaningful about any of it. Within 12 hours of that final exam, C had me up for a stretch in the night and I made major progress on ordering her room, and made notes about solutions to various issues therein. I also found all the Aquinas notes I had taken (AND ORGANIZED, ALLELUIA!) and re-read them. Today I did a deep clean of the larger of our two bathrooms and mode more progress on her room. The goal is to get the house in great shape before we leave for Christmas vacation so we come back in the New Year to a clean, ordered home. That would be the best. Christmas. present. ever.
And seriously… I took such pleasure in cleaning grout with a toothbrush today and choosing to get rid of things that have been kicking around unnecessarily for to long and scrubbing a floor on my hands and knees, washing a window even. The only thing I didn’t do was to re-organize the bathroom closet. But… man… total transformation. And it feels GOOD. I had hoped to get the whole house done today, but now I’ll just do a bit every day, and next week, on the other side of the incomplete completion I’ll really bring it home. Kev is helping, of course, but he still has his hands full with daily child care, so I’m happy to do as much as I possibly can.
I don’t think I realize during a semester just how much mental space a semester’s demands takes up. I beat myself up (on occasion) for things I let slide during a semester, but… I need to remember the experience of the past 24 hours. I can work to develop and maintain good habits that run even when the mental space is jam packed, but I can only do so much. I actually did develop and maintain some great habits (exercise wise, and even a few cleaning things), but all of it slipped away in the last month of this semester. Between papers, the exam, weekly coursework demands, preaching, and my brother’s wedding… well… there went the exercise and cleaning.
But I’ll get it back.
And maybe I’ll even blog again too.