Another long break since my last post…bad on me. But that last one got a lot of hits, so I basked in that for a while, and then there’s this whole new baby thing that’s been taking up a hell of a lot of time. Turns out that many shorties (inspiration: The Onion), including our own, don’t give a damn about when you want to sleep, and that really messes up your work-life-blogging schedule (not that I had much of one to begin with, but whatever). Anyway, I’ve made one New Years resolution this year, and it’s this: Nature and Nurture Sundays. I will do no proper work on Sundays: no teaching prep, no dissertation writing/revising, none of that stuff. I’ll allow myself to read, and maybe even take notes, but that’s about it. Otherwise, I’m getting out into nature (and I will not think about the cultural construction of “nature” — that would be work) and learn the names of trees and shrubs and such, and I’m going to do a lot of nurturing: of my relationships with friends and family and of my soul. That means things like playing guitar (which I just did for an hour, and DAMN do I need some calluses!), brewing beer (which I started doing in November), dreaming up storylines for the novel that’s been cooking in my head, and spending lots of quality time with my spouse and daughter. I hope that this will help bring my stress level down a bit and remind me of what’s important. I can’t say that it’s worked so far — after the first Nature and Nurture Sunday last week, I promptly had not one, but two, breakdowns, sobbing uncontrollably and repeating “There’s too much to do and I’ll never get it done!” But even that was a little cathartic. Distressing, but cathartic. Anyway, I also hope that this means more regular writing on this blog, which was intended, after all, as a de-stressing activity, not as work. So I hope you’ll come to expect a bit more of me on Sundays, dear reader — but not too much. After all, there are trees to identify, beer to brew, and a daughter to be fascinated by.