Really, I did almost nothing during these four weeks except prepare my class for the second semester, and that didn't take all my time.
I whiled away the hours listening to all of the Simon Serrallier detective stories I have already listened to, and enjoyed them even more this time.
Actually, I did do a few things.
I went for my annual "full body check" at the dermatologist's, and she located another basal cell carcinoma - a smaller one than last year. This one was just below my left ear. So right after New Years, I went back and the doctor excised it, leaving a scar and about ten stitches. It looked bad at first, but now it is hardly visible. More damage from my days in the sun.
I also went to the ear doctor, to have my hearing checked. I knew I had hearing loss; could tell by the things I couldn't hear my students saying in a class discussion. Sure enough, I scored on the "Moderate to severe" for both ears. So she fitted me with hearing aids. I decided on the "top of the line," the ones that cancel out background noise and that basically have a mind of their own. Their little computerized batteries recharge overnight when I place them in their docking station!