I did go ahead and add poetry to the tea garden photos. I think I said I might add haiku; I decided to go with tanka instead (5-7-5-7-7) because they offered me a little more space while preserving at least a little of the Japanese flavor. I think I just don't have the discipline to write decent haiku. I'm not sure I'd claim the tanka are decent either, but given that I'm awfully new to the form, hopefully you'll take that as an extenuating factor.
I'm done with teaching for the day (the poor munchkins have rough drafts due Friday; they were not happy, but I do think most of them will write good papers). It was actually a fun day of teaching, despite the tiredness; we worked on finding evidence for their claims, and I think they're starting to get it. We'll see.
I'm waiting for Kev to finish up; then we're going to go get my fish! Woohoo! Not at all sure what I'm going to get, despite the lovely suggestions I got -- I think I may just end up asking the store people to pick out some nice sturdy fish for me. My goldfish (back in 8th grade) didn't do so well. I was talking to my sister this weekend; she told me about *her* goldfish, which apparently died when our little cousin (5 yrs old at the time) fed it saltine crackers. The salt killed it. Ah well...
Still catching up on everything, but it's getting better, really. I think. What I'm really thinking about right now is whether I want to attempt the Creative Writing Ph.D. There are too many factors to go into right now; I may at some later date. If I do decide to go for it, then the question becomes where to apply -- this school apparently has one of the top programs, but I really don't know how I feel about the idea of another 4-5 years in Salt Lake. (Okay, I know how I feel: terrified. But I don't know if there's anything rational behind that feeling). Weird stuff. Still thinking. Need to keep talking to people.