Spring has sprung – and so has the slog.

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Well, it doesn’t exactly feel like spring has sprung when it comes to workload, but outside, it certainly does. The crocus are blooming, the slugs are out, and my new tulips are getting attacked by cutworms. Evil little bugs.

In college, January was a new semester, with new classes, new classmates, a new play and a new cast.

This year, January meant that the curriculum I had spent all summer prepping ran out, and I was back to prepping it week by week. So it’s turned into the spring of The Slog. In some ways it’s nice – I’m prepping the homework as I prep the activities and lectures.

Between all of that, I’ve been fitting in other stuff – making lefse, going to meetings at the historical society, more meetings elsewhere. It’s also the month of dance performances: my class had one at our local lutefisk dinner, and another last night. At least I finally remembered to wash my bunad. Smelling like a gym bag isn’t a real great way to make friends.

Then there are the few days that I’ve spent substitute teaching at a local district. I actually enjoy subbing way more than I thought I would. It’s super, super fun.

There’s a couple of photos up there of my dance class – we had another performance last night and they NAILED it. Working with them every week is so much fun, and one of the best parts of my week. We’ve been learning so much together and it’s just been a great experience for everyone.

Oh, and that fabric? I ordered a bunch of half yard pieces of oil cloth/laminated cotton. After having to call a week after it ordered to remind them to cut it, I was a little surprised when I got the package. Only two pieces were actually half a yard – most of them were closer to a whole yard, with no consistency on size. Ooops. Their loss, my gain, I guess, but how weird.

January

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Had my family over for dinner and made beef bourguignon, which used almost a whole bottle of wine (worth it!). Took care of the in-law’s dog. Husband cleaned the garage on his day off (yay!). Taught a super fun class and greatly enjoyed some excited, enthusiastic students.

January. Spring seems so far away, and summer seems so much longer away. But it’s still a delightful time.

A new year

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Good sunsets, fog, grading and a new moleskine, which is no longer so blank and plain. It’s been well filled in with my choice writing utensils, G2 pens in all colors of the rainbow.

Also, Friends is on Netflix now. Grading and writing new study guides are now so much more fun.

Trip to snow

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We went with the in-laws to the mountains to see snow, as Couple 3 is living across the country without much snow. There hasn’t been much snow this year, but as we got to the top, it finally started to look like it should. The slopes were open and we hiked back into the woods to find sledding.

In the evening, we visited relatives and went out for a delicious dinner at North Bend Bar and Grill. It’s on our list of Restaurants-To-Visit-Again-ASAP. I refuse to take photos of NY plate, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

And then on the way back we hit road debris on the most crowded scary part of I-5. Thankfully, the in-laws had AAA and we were on our way soon. Not a pleasant experience, though, nor one I would wish to repeat. In God’s grace, it was an almost brand new tire and we got it replaced for free.