Thursday, September 24, 2015

A new week, a new focus

Sometimes I miss going to work and having a regular schedule.  There is a part of me that lightly revels in the predictable.  The same breakfast, the same shampoo, the same husband - all of this makes me happy.

When I was teaching there was the daily schedule that kept all of us moving in the same general direction.

I loved knowing sequence of the school year and the student's projects.  Fall was focused on learning about family, about colors, about sequencing, and about snow geese traveling through the Central Flyway.  Day to day might change but the greater order remained.  Smaller rhythms and larger rhythms, each part of a much larger pattern.

Because of the work that I do now there doesn't seem to be a day to day pattern.

There are meetings that are monthly.  I appreciate that.  I know which week of the month it might be based on the meetings that are to take place.  Second Thursday of the month - PCC/President's Latino Advisory.  Fourth Tuesday of the month - Pasadena Senior Center.

Having too much unscheduled time is great for binge watching while one is healing, but left me feeling like a ship without a port as I got stronger and healthier.

This past summer the pattern has changed to an almost week to week focus.  While the change is welcomed, it also has thrown me off balance a bit.

Middle of August - Anniversary party.  One week clothes, one week invites, one week cleaning.

Beginning of September - Getting ready for Latino Heritage Month events.

Last week - Real Women Have Curves at the Pasadena Playhouse.

This week has been about me.  Not me relaxing, oh, no, not that.  Me, getting ready for a couple of lectures that will take place this week; two very different topics means two very different talks.  I'm excited for the opportunities.

Tonight I'll be at the Pasadena Central Library presenting, "Pasadena: At the Corner of San Pasqual and Bandini".  It's about the intersection of the folks who spent time at that geographical point.  It's a place that can't be found using a GPS.  But I'll show you where it is and how it was connected to the Bandini Elliott family, Caltech, Father Throop, and the Greene brothers.

Saturday I'll be at that Altadena Library. The library will be presenting the first of the six part series, "Latino Americans".  The series premiered on PBS in 2013.  I get to be the guest historian for the first episode, "Foreigners in Their Own Land".  I'll share a bit of local history before the screening and then lead the question and answer session following the screening.

I'd love to have you drop by either talk.  Happy news, both talks are free.

Let's see what next week brings.

Pasadena Library

Altadena Library


  1. Good for you. I am feeling much the same way -- ready to get back into the swing of things. Fall is my favorite time.

    Miss you.

    1. I love fall. I think it's my favorite season, too. Given that we in So Cal have 3+ seasons/year.
      Miss you, too.

  2. I'm sure you were one of those special teachers who left a lasting impact on many lives. Hope to make Saturday's event.

    1. It's always grand to see you. I loved working with the Littles. They certainly had a lasting impact on my life.