Calm Before the Storm: Weekend Coffee Share


If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that this past week was not quite as crazy as the week before. This is the last weekend where I can enjoy some calmness. August was a crazy month of traveling. Other than spending three more weekends at the delta, I am staying home for a while!

My classroom before the students arrive.

If we were having coffee I would take you on a quick tour of my lecture hall before all the classes begin on Monday. You will notice it is empty, except the instructor before me left his or her coffee mug. But, I will get you a fresh cup. On campus, we have lots of coffee choices: Starbucks or Java City. We may have some competition with groggy students clamoring for coffee after moving into the dorms all weekend.

Monday, I go back to teaching in that classroom after taking the spring semester off to satisfy the state’s requirement for retired annuitants. The photo of this classroom shows peace and quiet. On Monday, 80 students will be staring back at me while I explain the course to them.

I can’t wait…

…That is, if I can find a parking place. Before, when I taught at night, parking was not an issue. Even though I have a faculty parking permit, parking during the day is challenging. In two weeks, the parking issues usually calm down.

I will also be teaching on Wednesday mornings. Being able to teach part-time (two classes per semester) and still draw my pension is one of the best “career” choices I have made.

If we were having coffee, I would show you a bunch of photos from my 5-day trip to Salem and Portland, Oregon. It was wonderful seeing my cousins and helping get my daughter get situated in her new apartment. Her internship starts Monday.

Speaking of the calm before the storm, here are two photos of our room addition. This part is going fairly quickly. They started August 3rd. In two weeks, we have to vacate our bedroom. Get ready to pack and move!

I hope your weekend was calm if that was what you were hoping for! The key to calmness and balance is to pace yourself. Sometimes, the pace is hectic but that is part of the charm of life!


More bloggers are participating in Part-time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share. You can, too!

14 Comments on “Calm Before the Storm: Weekend Coffee Share

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  2. I’d love to have a coffee with you Terri in person but a virtual coffee is almost as good. You are right in saying teaching part-time is a great career choice and you now have extra time to Sizzle! Thanks for linking up and sharing your week with us at #AnythingGoes. See you next week!

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  3. Hope the beginning of school goes well! I remember that feeling quite well—this is the first August in a long time that I haven’t been teaching.

    Hope your week is a good one!

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  4. You had a deserved break to recharge and rest before starting to teach again, regardless of the regulations which obliged you to do so.
    I for one was happy to see you here more often than what I guess you will be able to do from now on.
    Have a wonderful restart!
    And a great week! Sending good vibes for vacant parking places!

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  5. I hope this academic year goes super for you! And may you get through the first couple of weeks of parking issues without too much hassle!

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