Greetings, readers! I’m (almost) back to “regular” blogging.
No, I didn’t fall off the edge of the Earth. I am just trying to recover from what was simple exhaustion. My 53-year-old body essentially rebelled against my unrelenting schedule.
For weeks, I had been looking forward to taking a bit of a vacation/holiday break at the end of the school year. That came at the end of the first week of March. However, on Wednesday of that week I was asked to plan for and run a two-week Summer Camp due to start the following week at a Buddhist temple school on the opposite side of the island. While we are normally given much more advanced notice for even the one- or three-day camps, I told my boss, “Sure, no problem!”
Sunday being my usual day off and the Friday afternoon announcement that local schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday for Chinese New Year — not to mention extremely high temperatures and a huge dip in internet speed caused a great deal of relaxation (err, laziness) at the Jochim household over the past couple of days. The Thais really have the right idea on how to deal with the heat: they sleep through it. I haven’t yet mastered the art of not waking up in a pool of sweat, however.
It took a couple of years of packages that never arrived and frustrations over extremely high shipping costs to convince my sister and I that annual holiday exchanges between Kansas and Thailand were more trouble than they were worth. Since 2008 or so, the majority of our exchanges have been the online variety.
But every once in a while, I’m shocked by some morsel in the morning mail delivery. Whatever it may be, it always reaffirms my belief that my sister is the smartest and most thoughtful person currently living (having inherited those qualities from our dearly-departed mother). This year, Marilyn truly outdid herself…
Welcome to the third installment of my monthly stats summary. I neglected to publish summaries for March and April so this includes details of the last three months. While I did a significant amount of reading in the earlier months, I really didn’t manage as much in May, reading half as many pages as in April and finishing only five books. I did read a bit each day but not as many pages as I had been going through. Nor am I listening to as much music or watching as many movies now as compared to earlier in the year. I don’t know why that is – I’m certainly not going out any more than I had been. June is also starting out fairly slow – I’m going to have to finish twelve books this month to stay on-target for my goal of 100 books by the end of the year. At this rate, I’ll be lucky to finish half of that number. As for movies, there are many nights when I’d like to watch one but just can’t find anything around the apartment that I’m in the mood to watch for a second time. Recently I visited the local open-air market in search of some interesting DVD’s but didn’t find anything there, either (I stay away from the camcorder-shot movies). I tried to download a few things while in Malaysia earlier this week but the connection was simply too slow. I miss being able to download new things to watch and listen to.