Hey Grandma Schenck and Family,
Hope things are going well in Harlan! It's always nice to celebrate Thanksgiving after a Cyclones football championship.
Jess got a little homesick today after talking with her mom. I made her breakfast--eggs and waffles. We like to put peanut butter on the waffles.
I'm not as homesick, but I do miss being able to drop home every once in a while. It's a long way from Tucson to Harlan! Probably too far to drive, at least with an old car.
I have a stack of papers to grade this weekend. My students wrote essays about culture. They could use an outside text like a novel or film, or their own personal experience, to jumpstart an analysis of a cultural topic. Some are looking at racism, others money, religion. They look to be very interesting, because reading the essays will help me understand Arizona and California better--most of my students are from one of those two places.
My two classes are tapering off, and I have two papers to write for them. Writing is the tough part! I like teaching because I find it easy and even calming to be in front of people--this is definitely a change from when I was younger. I haven't been required to write as much this semester, unlike at my last college, where I was always doing a lot of writing. I guess you never forget how to ride a bike. Maybe you never forget how to write.
Jess wants to get out of Tucson for this holiday. The Grand Canyon is a little bit too far away, and so is California--both are about 5-6 hours away, I think. We may go to the border town of Nogales, or maybe one of the nearby towns that attract tourists.
I am maintaining contact with my friends still in the Midwest. My friend David, who was a groomsman, lives in Harlan and works on his dad's farm. My best man, Tim, lives outside Iowa City, and he told me that he teaches talented and gifted grade school students art once a week. He really wants to get into graduate school, too. He likes painting and making other art stuff.
I'm also e-mailing Robert every once in a while. That guy really sticks to his routine! Maybe it's a Schenck thing. I do it too.
Next semester is going to be different from this one. I am signed up to be in three graduate courses in addition to a translation course in German--we are required to have a reading knowledge in at least one language. I took one semester of German at BV and it's not that I like the language, but I like writers and philosophers that were German.
Other news? Well, it's going to be about 60 degrees today, and sunny. And Jess is claiming that that's cold! Oh, speaking of Jess, she worked Monday and Tuesday of this week, and next weeks she's going to have a receptionist job that will be "semi-" permanent. This means that Jess will do this job until another, better one comes up. This is what she is hoping at least. She did turn in her thesis this week, too.
I heard about Sam's new job. Sounds pretty cushy! And sounds like Beth just never really fit in at that family business. She'll find something else--I didn't know that she has had the goal to teach for some time.
Yes, teaching is good, but it is also good to have a break from teaching!
Love, and Happy Thanksgiving,
Hey Grandma Schenck and Family,