I had the loveliest winter break, but now it’s time to gear up for a new semester. The past few weeks have been busy, and I took advantage of my new museum memberships (thank you, IDNYC) to sign up for a series of lectures at the American Museum of Natural History. The first one was by Anna Frebel, who is known as the “Indiana Jones of Astronomy” – two things I love, merged into one. 🙂 She taught about why it’s important to identify the oldest stars in the galaxy, and how she goes about finding them. When I was a kid, I used to sneak out of bed on nights when I couldn’t sleep and climb up on my window sill to sit and watch the stars. If you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, astronaut would have made the cut. College professor would not. How things change…
I also took a free improv class at Magnet Theatre, just to check and see if it was really as scary as I thought it would be. Yup. Still, I’m going to take a full session as soon as I find a time that works for me. I both love and hate tackling things that scare me. Also, I want to learn to be funny. On-purpose funny. Oh, and I took part in a workshop by the New Victory Theatre where I learned that I don’t dress cool enough to be a theatre artist. Seriously, these people are inspiring. They can rock sequined headbands and colorful kicks at any age. My co-worker directed an Off-Off Broadway play that I saw. It was about a suicidal bank robber, his depressed son, and a mentally unstable priest, and it was really funny. On purpose funny.
Finally, I signed up for a French conversation group at the Alliance Française, and I joined my fellow Francophiles for a game of Taboo. What I lack in technical proficiency, I make up for in enthusiasm, and my team killed it! Well, okay, we won by one point. It was neck and neck near the end, and we went into two extra innings before my team pulled ahead. Still, it was a pretty sweet victory.
There’s one more holiday left – no school tomorrow for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That means I only have one more day to get my life in order before the chaos sets in. I’m still on my soup kick, and I made a big batch of Edamame Spinach soup for my lunches this week. I’m going to bring my lunch every day this semester, because I’m saving up for a trip to Thailand. I want to ride the elephants. I’m excited to meet my new students, though, and catch up with the ones who are brave enough to take me again. It’s going to be a great year, I can feel it.