Yesterday I submitted to the SMG Copy Center all three fall-semester course packets. They are not due at the Copy Center until next Monday, so their early delivery is noteworthy in itself. More noteworthy is that for the first time since I started teaching full-time in 1999 I finished all my course packets before the first class of the semester. I’ve not outgrown the need for deadlines, I just focused on a different event for motivation. We are spending the next eleven days, and most of August, in Maine. I’m treating myself–and Judy–to a course-prep-free month. I worked like crazy to wrap everything, and emailed PDFs of my course packets to the Copy Center because I couldn’t print everything before the Center closed at 5 pm, but I left for Maine moments after pushing send. Now, a day later, memories of my frenetic preparation are fading.