In the last day or two I've finally gotten my calm back. It's not because anything's easing up. That's for sure. But somehow I've been able to feel happy about doing things right, even little things like lining the boots up on the mat (no, this is not an OCD confession; I'm just trying to be more tidy). I've been enjoying writing comments on student poems. I feel like I'm in a dialogue with the poet and the poem. I have been a little dreamy, but not in an "oh crap, I am grossly unprepared thanks to distractions" kind of way.
I've also had a cold for the past couple of days, a real anomaly because I've only had two or three colds tops since January 2009. Years ago I'd have two or three colds a day, and then some strep and a side order of flu. I guess I've fortified myself. I'm feeling better.
Another thing I've been enjoying? Working on Barn Owl Review #3. Here's the lineup. We will be spending a lot of time together this weekend. I think there will also be some chili and high quality sleep involved.
Free copy of Barn Owl Review #3 (when it comes out) to the first person who can identify the location of the photo above. It's not that hard, if you know me.