I'm really going to miss not taking a class at NYU next semester. I've done it for two semesters now, and I love it. The class itself this semester is really great. I wish I had time to read everything because I know I'd be getting more out of it than I already am. As of now, I already get ideas flowing for the projects I intended, but I often get more ideas for other projects, too. And the train ride is fantastic for reading and thinking, which I never, ever give myself the time to do.
Next semester, no classes really work out for the times I'd be willing to take them. In the falls, I teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are also the days the university sets aside time for meetings (no classes are offer during lunch just so there's guaranteed time to meet). In the springs, I teach in Mondays and Wednesdays (and sometimes Fridays), but I then have meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I thought of just saying I'd skip all meetings on Thursdays, but there really wasn't anything I wanted to take then.
And I realized on the train yesterday that I really need to give myself time to work on the projects that I'm getting all these ideas for. Things just really flow, and I generate lots of random sentences and paragraphs and fragments. I need to start working with them. I'll still be a university associate, which means I can get into the library (virtual and literal). I will still take trips to give myself the reading and thinking time.
I know how much I'll benefit from doing so.