I've been swamped with texts, Facebook messages and e-mails (actually, about six!) from online and real-life blog-reading friends who were concerned about my disappearance from the blogosphere. Thank you for your concern! I'm sorry to have worried you.
I can't imagine how I found the time for blogging every second day early in the days of my coming out / divorce drama. On the other hand, I miss sharing my stories and reading about others' adventures. I'm sure my blogging audience has pretty much disappeared but I'm thinking that posting more frequently but with much shorter posts would make it seem like less of a chore.
I have been doing well; just extremely busy. School has become busier and busier but not only with the classroom teaching and numerous extracurricular activities. I've had many requests to attend numerous Professional Development workshops of various kinds which cause disruptions to my usual teaching schedule and suck up much time needed for supply teacher preparation.
It seems that the different Board Office flunkies running the various workshops needed to spend their entire budgets by the end of May or the money would be lost; that's why all the PD sessions seemed to be coming at us so quickly. Finally, I said to my Principal: "Enough! I'm done!" and discovered that I could indeed say "no."
My Principal also pointed out that I can also say "no" to school extra-curricular involvements at school. My school has an extremely low rate of teacher volunteerism (for running clubs, coaching etc) and he said that when I came to the school in September, I was "fresh meat" and was swamped with requests to help out with everything. I love working with young people outside of the classroom, but I am at the risk of burning out. I'll need to take a close look at what activities I volunteer for. I've taken on too much and need to say "no" more often.
I was also on the steering committee running a major environmental conference for high school youth: which was a monstrous task. The conference attracted some 150 participants, most from the USA, and was a huge success but very exhausting. As well, I'm on our local Pride organizing committee; very satisfying but the pace of work is intensifying as our Pride week is fast approaching.
As well, I've been helping out with some other queer community groups; one involving elderly LGBTQ folks and the other or young people in their late teens and early 20s.
As my university daughter is back living with for the summer, I had to spend countless hours this month completing my bathroom renovations; being toilet-less was not an option!
As well, I've continued with my usual sluttish ways and have had some fantastic sexytimes with some pretty spectacular young men, sadly, all out of my age range. My concern is now that when I DO start looking for Mr. Right, it will be impossible to find someone my age who will measure up. Details to follow.