DS2 made garam masala while I prepped chicken for chicken masala tonight. The herbs and spices looked and smelled heavenly while toasting in the pan on the stove, and I swear I asked him to take a photo but we didn't get one. Next time, then -- although we have enough garam masala to last quite a while now. Cooking was a nice break from the planning I had been doing all day, and am now returning to after a little break.
I'm trying to balance work and life better this year. In past years, whenever I've had any outstanding task, I've just willed my way through it at the expense of everything else. This year I'm purposely looking at everything and saying, "That can wait," and so far, it has been OK.
That said, today I planned out all 3 of my math classes for the rest of the quarter, and barring surprises, I shouldn't need to touch those again. I'm about to tackle my science classes and try for at least another few weeks out, but with the new textbooks, it's not as easy. I love the complete lack of ambiguity in math, how the lessons follow one after the other, with predictable interval for tests and quizzes. All I have to do is match it up against our calendar (and shuffle it around again when I lose instructional days to unexpected events...) It's a fussy process but not difficult, and I suppose I could include less detail to make it easier if it has to change. But the details help me stay on track in the classroom, so I kept them in. Now with q1 planning done, the rest of the quarters will be easier, too.
Now I'm left pondering how best to make my suggestions and comments about those new science textbooks. I have a bit of an edge after last year's failed proposal, but I'll try. We'll see how it goes.