For those of you who have been wondering if the world opened up under my feet and swallowed me whole, or if the ferocious Neo-Nazi home-decorator squad came and got me, none of the above.
I've been cutting up deer, organizing my house, cutting up piles and piles of undonatable junk clothing into quilting squares, and trying to rid the yard of fall leaves.
Also, I've been volunteering as an ESL tutor. So far, I've been teaching a Somali woman and a Ukranian man. I highly recommend doing ESL tutoring for anyone who thinks that immigrants are just lazy slugs coming here to drain our society. You wouldn't believe how hard-working and appreciative they are. They are America's greatest fans, happy to be here, and looking forward to forging a great future in the "land of opportunity". Programs can always use more tutors.
Oh yeah, and they've added three Kung Fu classes to my teaching schedule. I've got my two special needs classes, two classes for typical children, and an adult class. One of my classes has 20 students! I might have a co-teacher as soon as one of the other second degree black belts returns from hernia surgery...but I don't know. I might be on my own from now on!
Needless to say, time has been a little tight, but this Kung Fu teaching is starting to look more and more like a job than a marginally profitable hobby.