what I did on my summer vacation

It's hard to believe it's been eight weeks since my last real post, easily the fastest two months of my life. Every day's different and yet every day is the same, just a slightly different sequencing of feeding, diapering, entertaining, and soothing one of Boston's newer residents. In the beginning we lived from one cycle to the next, then from day to day. Now the days seem to blur by the end of the week, weeks which have been flying by. It's hard to believe we're well into August, and that the fall semester is just around the corner. I'm actually feeling somewhat prepared for the two classes I'll teach, again at the Museum School (the same class I taught last year, although I'm mixing it up this semester to focus on a smaller category of Mail Art: Artist Trading Cards) and a new class (for me, at least) at Emerson. It's funny how earlier this year I blogged about how I wouldn't mind teaching at the latter. It's sure to be a hectic semester, the little one not even three months at the start of the semester, but I'm looking forward to the experience. There will be another exhibition in connection with my Museum School course so stay tuned for details on that, later this fall.

Otherwise, I've spent the summer prioritizing which t.v. shows to keep up on in my precious spare time. I did manage to keep fairly current on So You Think You Can Dance, not to the point that I could actually vote each week but I was usually caught up by next week's episode. In short, I enjoyed the addition of choreographers Tabitha & Napoleon more than Sonya, although I tired of the choreographer love fest each week during judging. I found both Wade Robson and Mia Michaels' routines to be a bit tired and predictable, and missed more regular input from hip hop faves Shane Sparks and Dan Karaty (did DK choreograph anything this season?). I think all the choreographers should have to dance at some point during next season. In the end, Katee was my favorite, but I was happy that Josh won.

When we weren't sneaking in snippets of that show, we try to keep up with new episodes of Weeds. And that's about it. I'm a little bummed I haven't had time to watch this summer's season of Big Brother; I've heard it's pretty entertaining. And we've had the same three Netflix titles sitting next to the t.v. since mid-June. But when you've been up for the day since 5:30 a.m., and you only got about 5 hours of sleep the night before, it's hard to justify staying up much past when the person dictating your schedule finally calls it a day. Forget "sleeping through the night;" when do kids start hitting the sack at 7 p.m.? I worry about what will happen to Neal if he doesn't get to watch a movie soon...

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