Hah! Wonder how many hits I'll get from THAT? Anyone know how to find out which internet searches bring people here? This is actually, of course, about how, when and where I plan to practice in the coming months. It shall go by the name Operation Exhibitionism! Here's what I know and why I thus plan:
1. Spring semester begins January 11.
2. I am teaching three courses, with meetings five days a week.
3. I teach three mornings, at 10:30, and two afternoons, at 1:30.
4. Parking, as it is on all campuses, is totally unmanageable. You can't park if you get there after 9 or before 4, unless you try at lunchtime when SOME spots open.
1. Kid requires daycare, five a week. J and I both work and her job is basically 8-4 with its administrative component, so I expect to do most of the daycare driving.
2. Daycare is in the arts village district about six miles north of here. It's a straight shot, though, and as long as you don't try driving it at 8 am or 5 pm, you can make it to or fro in about 15 minutes.
3. The criss-crossing highway-from-hell that leads from where daycare is, to where school is, is both very fast and very trafficful. Nobody wants an accident on their rat-race commute, however, and so everyone is fairly careful with their recklessness. This is about 20-30 minutes to school, depending.
4. Daycare's HARD CLOSE is 6 pm. It's ten bucks a MINUTE if you don't get your kid by 6.
1. I'm going to hit a YMCA for practice, again. It's warmer than my house, it has a sauna in it (booyah!), and our house has had a running monthly membership that is WOEFULLY underused from the summer and fall, and there's one 25 blocks north of where daycare is, and it's newly renovated, with all kinds of fanciness and big open glass facings on one side.
2. I scoped this out today. There are mats in the big exercise room, but to use them, it's going to be exhibitionism CENTRAL. Imagine a rectangle, wider on the bottom than the sides. The mats are center on the "bottom" wall; the bikes take up the top 2/3 of the room, wall to wall. The free weights are in the "southwest" corner. Behind the mats is a glass wall through which one can see the indoor pool. The main entry hall to this room is from the southeast corner, on the vertical edge. Sure, you can sneak up a little corridor on the right, but no one'll do that. The main enter-exit course is going to be directly in front of where I'll lay out my mat and have at it. Bare feet are of course, discouraged, but last year at the Y east of here, they let me practice as long as I kept to my own piece of rubber, and I think that once they saw some of the FREAKY STUFF that I do as part of practice, they just left me alone. It's obvious that I have a routine; a ritual, even.
3. This is a ton easier than driving out to the southern Y's near the house. I figure that I'll link a daycare dropoff-or-pickup with a Y trip. There is also good erranding up there, from shopping to cat medicine pickup, a hundred different things. Good options for heading south to home involve 2 major roads which'll be well-plowed even in blizzard conditions, and 2 ways to get to the "highway-from-hell" 'as I called it above, to school.
Between parking, commute time, class prep time, and teaching time, I expect my practice schedule to be something like THIS:
Monday/Wednesday: afternoon class, 1:30. Drive kid up at about 8:30-9, go directly to that Y and practice. Finish that before noon, go down to school and park. Teach. Either J or I can do daycare pickup; I can do it earlier. I often take a yoga class at 7 pm on Monday and I teach one at 6 pm on Wednesday. This probably indicates earlier daycare pickup and thus more kid-at-home time, before J and I trade for night. It'll be hectic. Non-stop motion on these two days.
Tuesday: morning class, 10:30, ends at 11:45. Drop kid off early, by 8 am, and then haul ass down to school, park and teach. Hold office hours, clean up bureaucratic business, drive up to the Y, practice, drive over to daycare, get kid. Should be able to get practice in by 2 pm even on a fairly hectic day. Kid pickup by 4-5, home, call it a day.
Thursday/Friday: morning classes at 10:30 which are longer sessions, ending at 1:15. No time to fool around. Drop kid off early, by 8 am, haul down to school, teach; again, no time: shoot BACK up there, practice, pick up kid, haul it back home. It's a class-and-practice double-decker sandwich, all on driving-bread. Hah!
THIS will be something like the model for my weeks, from January 11 all the way to my birthday on May 3 (which is the last day of classes). I'll be 40.
NOTE for the record that I haven't accounted for time to GRADE, for the two CONFERENCES J and I want to attend (with kid), or for any randomness of any kind, such as sickness, car incidents, or departmental meetings.
THIS is what you can expect for a practice schedule if you do seventh series. Nonetheless! Let Operation Exhibitionism begin!