I got up feeling out of sorts because my plan to lead a riverside walk this Friday, the Lunar New Year main holiday, got dashed. While I was out of town, participants started fretting because there was news that the bird sanctuary was closed because of a bird flu outbreak. I hadn't wanted to cancel the event because of that. After all, the path in question is on the Naktong River estuary, a huge delta area with walkways all along the river banks. Without consulting me, though, a couple of our leaders decided we couldn't go through it and organized an alternate event on the same day. It's a seaside walk around a forested park that is pleasant, but not as peaceful and serene as the river estuary walkways in winter.
I've been wondering how to understand this situation. On the one hand, I don't like that they did not consult me as the river walk organizer; on the other, I can see why they thought the thing was a no-go and wanted to plan an alternate route. I was forced to cancel my event. I feel unsatisfied that the river walk is not happening on that particular holiday, and I'm not sure how this experience would taint my experience on their seaside ramble, so I'm considering going to the river on my own anyway and boycotting their seaside ramble. The situation disturbed my sleep last night so I don't feel fresh today.
I just got word that the new winter class with a new bunch of civic employees is to start next week. We must work at the old campus for two more weeks, then resume at the new site. I have three additional hours to teach from then through to June, including two on what was supposed to be my day off during the spring semester from March to June. No day off now. At least I won't have night classes. I have wanted the extra overtime, because I'm giving a push to my savings plan this year, but it will be a heavy schedule with 19 total hours a week in the spring, the most I've taught at this institution to date. That's why I'm especially interested in doing some relaxing holiday activities this week, but some people from work keep bugging me. Well, I'm not going to think about the new class until Monday, after the holiday weekend.
I planned to give myself a treat for brunch and make Korean cinnamon pancakes, a winter treat that street vendors offer on cold days. I got a mix, and tried making them, but I screwed up because, although the outer packaging was all in English, the detailed instructions were entirely in Korean. I thought I should be able to figure it out but I made a stupid mistake going about in my morning fog. So far, I've kept the rest of the batter, but I may cave and just chuck it all later.
I've been doing life goal planning exercises recommended by Dottie Billington in her book today. She asks the reader to write down visions of a new future self, then write down detailed goals and methods step by step. It is helpful.