Sabbatical

Because it’s important to declare your intentions, here are mine for this one-semester sabbatical.

Sabbatical Intentions

I will write that book
and a couple of articles on the side – 
definitely the revise and resubmit—
and also
meditate every day
go to the gym
lose 20 pounds
get involved in the PTA
take the dogs to at least 5 state parks
go on a tropical vacation
clean the garage
and all the closets for that matter—
at any rate, the house will be spotless; 
go to the theater
rise early for morning yoga
read all the novels I wanted to catch up with—
binge watch All The Things,
learn to bake bread,
write my novel, 
learn a new language
also how to skate, and knit—
ponder deep questions
take up a hobby
redo the garden
go out with friends
reconnect with family,
do happy hour twice a week
go on hikes
and apple-picking trips,
daydream
finish that confounding puzzle
and that edited collection
and the 5 new course proposals
and a grant or two,
revamp all syllabi
and the personal website,
start a blog,
and, of course, 
rest.

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