Y and I returned from Taiwan a week ago, but it still seems like we were at her parents’ house only yesterday. We are still digging through Christmas cards, correspondence, bills, and a stack of other less important mail. We have almost caught up with our house cleaning after vacuuming all of the floors, washing a load of dishes, and generally cleaning up accumulated clutter. Miao Miao has been as helpful as any cat can: not so much, but at least she’s very cute with her attempts at cat help. Y is still battling jet lag, and I am to a lesser extent. Y did get back into her weekly routine reading the Sunday newspaper and going through the sales ads. I suspect that the cold weather and the slightly higher than outside yet still very cold temperature inside our house hasn’t accelerated our re-acclimation to EST and the routines of NE Ohio. If anything, the weather has probably impeded our progress. Nevertheless, we struggle on to get our work done so that we can leave Kent for our professional lives as soon as possible.
I am fighting my jet lag hard so that I can return to a normal schedule as soon as possible. After arriving back in the States, I was able to get about 6-7 hours of sleep on Sunday evening, which put me at a wakeup time of 7:00AM on Monday morning. I was surprisingly able to stay awake all Monday, but I felt like I was in a half-daze. The effects of my sleep cycle daze bore down hard when I began to feel the weight of sleeplessness in the afternoon. I fought on by driving to Microcenter to get an Intel 120GB SSD drive for an amazingly low price, and I picked up dinner from Chipotle. I managed to stay awake until midnight when I went back to sleep.
During the night, I dreamt of Taiwan and Jhongli. I remember going somewhere with Y’s Dad and he showed me something. I woke up during the middle of the night and told some of it to Y, so I will have to corroborate any details with her after she wakes up today.
This morning, my 9:00AM alarm woke me, so I feel well rested after having a longer rest last night. Perhaps today, I will feel half-way normal as I continue cleaning the house and teach in the afternoon.
My Spring 2011 semester of teaching begins today, and I think I am well rested enough to stand my ground in front of 25 eager (they are eager, right?) Freshmen students. I will introduce them to their College Writing I class with the theme, “Mapping the Brain, Writing the Mind.” I will post a syllabus on dynamicsubspace.net after I have it finalized.