Well, it's in fact a break from lessons and that dreadful angst about remembering vocab. Thank God we never have tests. Children deserve medals for doing all that, particularly if they find it hard work.
I'm having a wonderful time reading and watching what I want to:
Poetry documentaries from the Al Jazeera English website. I can pause them and copy out what I read on the screen.
Latest issue of Banipal, includes pieces by Stephen Watts as it happens. I saw him and chatted briefly last week at a poetry event. He translates Arabic poetry.
Started an online course called The Emergence of the Modern Middle East, it's from the University of Tel Aviv, but in English. I am doing the absolute minimum for it. They have a great discussion thread called 'What's on your Middle East book shelf?'
Skimming quickly through Adonis' Arabic Poetics book again, surprisingly relevant to the Emergence course.
Had some late night Amazon buys, so I am waiting impatiently for poems by Al-Massri, an autobiographical novel based in Israel/Palestine plus whatever else I felt I needed...
My one task is to count how many words I know! I am measuring this by doing index cards for everything. There are 2 stacks, the ones I know and the ones I am hazy about. The other element to this is sitting on the sofa checking that I do know the ones in the 'I know these' bundle. I have a feeling I need to spend an awful lot of time doing this.
Given how much time I spend avoiding doing vocab, it might be easier to just do it!