FryDaddy has returned for his last semester of undergraduate schoolin', leaving the house a bit on the lonely side. We took down Christmas before he left, but the bits and pieces of the holiday are strewn from one end of the guest room/study to the other. I'll get it packed over the next few days and when FryDaddy comes home for the weekend, we'll transfer it to the attic and hunker down for the holiday-less winter. (That's why I left the colored lights on the porch roof - maybe they're tacky, but they certainly seem cheerful on a grey January evening!)
My classes for the spring semester start Tuesday and, while I"m basically prepared, there are always things to do and tasks to complete. My resolution for this year is to try harder to realize that we're all doing the best we can and - face it - most of us have days where we're just trying to get by on half throttle. I'm teaching my introduction to film class in an online format this go-round and I don't want to just have blocks and blocks of text, so I'm working to master a variety of tech tools that I've used in the past, but never become especially proficient with. I'm trying to enjoy the journey.
And what a journey this year is shaping up to be! FryDaddy and I signed our first joint book contract right around the New Year - we're under contract with ECW Press out of Toronto, Canada to produce Wanna Cook? The Unofficial Guide to Breaking Bad and we couldn't be more delighted! We're working hard to both complete the draft on time - it's an episode guide, but goes WAY beyond mere recaps - and to spread the word about the project. You'll find us blogging about the project and Breaking Bad in general on our blogs -
FryDaddy 's is here and I have a "work and publication" blog that you can access here; please follow us! - as well as on sites such as the network site and Television Without Pity. You can also keep us with us in short bursts on Twitter - use #wannacook and you'll find us.
All this and a full course load, writing a paper for Slayage 5 in July, and the commuter marriage. My cup truly runneth over! If only I can steer clear of that one valley . . .
Onward into 2012!