In 2011 I went to Virginia to tour Civil War battlefields and Presidential mansions and to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and through Shenandoah National Park. In 2012 I went to Paris with Rob Howard and Tom Saylor, and we spent our days lounging in cafes people-watching. In 2013 I drove to Dallas to attend the OU-Texas game with Eric Brooks, visiting friends and family in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas going and coming.
So, what did I plan for my 2014 Fall vacation?
The main focus of this week is going to be writing. This summer, after I returned from Yale, I was very disciplined in my writing, but that has suffered since the fall semester began and my teaching philosophy at Creighton has occupied much of my creative energy and time.
The secondary focus is resting. I look forward to sitting under trees in their full autumnal color and reading books while drinking wine. And the weather is going to be excellent this week.
And the final goal of this week is to spend some time each day catching up on some personal and household projects that I'm behind on.
So, hopefully, come Monday, I'll be rested, renewed, caught up, and ready for the second half of the semester and the beginning of the church holiday season.