Back to Normal

Jesus-Cast-Crew

Our flurry of excitement is over: Jesus Christ Superstar had its brief but glorious run, and my parents are back in sunny Vancouver after 5 days of pretty relentless cloud, fog, drizzle, and just plain rain here on the other coast. Damp and chill notwithstanding, we had a lovely time visiting, eating, drinking, and of course applauding.

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Maddie as Mary Magdalene

And now it’s back to our regular dull routines, though with a welcome easing up of pressure now that they don’t include rehearsals. This is a big change and relief especially for Maddie, of course, but her schedule had lots of implications for us one way or another. It has been sinking in that as her school year draws to a close, so too do our years of parenting kids in school: as of September, both she and Owen will be at university and living in residence, which will change a lot of things about our day to day lives. For the first time since 1999, just for example, I won’t be dropping anyone off in the morning before heading to work–which among other things means I hope to walk in a lot more often. I definitely have some anxieties about the emotional repercussions of an empty nest; it helps to know they won’t be far away. I might even run into one or the other of them on campus sometimes–and if I’m very well behaved, they might even acknowledge me. 🙂

baggageThat’s all still in the future, though, and in the meantime Maddie has exams to get through and I have a bit more time on my sabbatical to make the best use of that I can. Now that everyone else is also done teaching, being on leave feels a bit less special, but I remind myself that May typically fills up with administrative commitments, so I can still enjoy not being part of that. I will write up a post soon reflecting on my sabbatical so far. Before too much longer, I may also actually finish reading a book, and then I can post about that too! I have three in progress: The Break, which I am rereading for my book club, Lissa Evans’s Old Baggage, which I am enjoying so far, and Lucy Parker’s The Austen Playbook which to be honest I am not really loving. I am not currently reading anything on assignment for a review: I’m not sure if that’s good or bad! (It does mean I’m available, if any editors are reading this…)

The other thing I’m doing is a bit of physiotherapy for a sore shoulder, which the PT said is suffering from something called “impingement.” It is likely related to strain from activities such as using my computer mouse and crochet, neither of which I would like to give up, so here’s hoping a proper regimen of stretches and strengthening exercises plus better attention to form will make it stop hurting and let me carry on.

Dull, as I said, but today the sun is finally shining and it seems plausible not just that spring will finally arrive but that summer will follow, with all its languorous pleasures, so I’m feeling pretty good, all things considered.

4 thoughts on “Back to Normal

  1. Jeanne April 26, 2019 / 1:02 pm

    There are some “languorous pleaures” of having an empty nest for you to look forward to.
    I’m finding that six months of having my youngest move back in to our house while in the process of applying to grad school has gone a ways towards making me more realistic about what felt like an almost unbearable loss when he was in college and after, when he lived in an apartment in our town for a while.

    • Rohan Maitzen April 26, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      I am quietly nursing a plan to take over one of their bedrooms so I can move my office out of the basement. That will certainly be some compensation!

  2. Café Society April 27, 2019 / 9:49 am

    I am in complete sympathy about the crochet injury having suffered from the same thing earlier in the year. My Pilates class is still laughing. You don’t get much sympathy for a crochet induced strain. I have managed to become pain free but I haven’t been able to get back to my hobby I’m afraid.

    • Rohan Maitzen April 28, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      Oh dear. I do hope not to have to give it up!

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