Today I have been in a state of euphoria of sorts. I think it has something to do with the energy surrounding me now that the my workload has lightened up a bit. I am living the life of an academic: my job revolves around a fall or spring semester, and if I choose to, I can work in the summer. This schedule requires an extreme amount of pressure and stress for about 15 weeks at a time. Often during these stretches of time I feel like I am underwater, trying to come to the surface for a quick drink of air before I descend back into the abyss.
So when the 15 weeks are over, I feel alive and new and extremely grateful that I made it to the end because at the end, there is the reflection part: what worked well, what didn't, having thankful (or pissed) students, reassessing the next semester.
I'm not sure where I am going with this post. All I know is that today I woke up and cuddled with DH a bit longer. I was out of the bed first, made coffee, hopped in the shower, read the paper with him, and felt so happy, and I mean really and truly peaceful happy. I stared at him when he was on the phone, doing some work calls, and I dropped down to the base of his chair and caressed his foot. I bowed my head on his knee and just breathed. He hung up the phone. The dog sidled up to us and found his way into our embrace.
It was just us and the dog on a Friday morning.