Day job is full of day jobbery. We are wrapping up the semester and I am registering new students, plus starting to plan out next semester’s curriculum, and there really hasn’t been day or night time. Alas, I have become the “here are my excuses” journal writer.

HOWEVER, the Disney vacation was grand. And the insanity of orientation, registration, and holding a writing workshop and being treasurer at the same time, well, let’s say that was handled better than it might have been in the past. Not perfectly. I’ve had some stress drama and attacks, but David is pleased with my plans and approaches for getting better. A work in progress. The motto over break: Did you treat yourself with the respect you deserve? We think one more appointment and things will be well in hand.


Disney over Thanksgiving? Would I do it again? My motive for going was Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which they stop early in December. Guess what? They stop it over Thanksgiving too, so we will have to wait until retirement to see it. It was very much like our Christmas trip a few years back, perhaps a little less crowded. We won’t do this again. Our next trip to Disney parks will be summer, or, if we’re lucky, an overlapping spring break.

Particular highlights this time:

Watching Frozen in 3D in the land of the Mouse. I will write a review, but a basic is something like this: Two sisters rescue each other, without the help of men.

Bongo’s Cuban Restaurant. From now on, I eat nothing but Cuban. For lunch, I’m having Cuban tuna, and Cuban yogurt. Yes, I am.

Taking a Nap. Catherine respects herself now to stop driving herself when she is tired.

Keys to the Kingdom Tour. Finally got down to the Utilidors, and had a 5-hour walking tour of the Magic Kingdom. Learned a ton of stuff.

It was a great vacation. The spouse and I are doing Staycation for Christmas. We’re trying to get the MiL to come out for the actual holiday, but I am doubtful at 87, she’ll want to make that journey, even though we’d do all the driving. Still, it’s the thought that counts.

Since most of our gift exchanges happened with friends at Icon this year, with the exception of a couple of dinners, our holiday will be mostly just us, and quiet.


We’ve completed most of our decorating. I’ve been taking work home the last several nights (no choice, so I’m sticking to the rules I’ve set). Okay. When will we three meet again (all the readers I have left at this point?) (Yes, Macbeth. Get over it?) I do want to write about Frozen, Venice (promises, promises), and Scottish Independence (!). Oh yes. My book. That too.

But until I get back here, realize that this is simply the busiest time in my semester, when my teacher and coordinator worlds overlap the most. Taking time out to exercise, eat well, and relax is very important as well.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as I am so far.

Oh. I haven’t done a fitness thing for a couple of weeks. Fear not. I’ll do that next.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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