Today was the first day back from break. The transition from vacationing to school is an assault of noise and energy. The slow-paced days of waking late, reading in bed, and sipping lattes was replaced in a blink of an eye with 50 students all talking at once, seeking attention, and asking questions. While it is a whirlwind, I would not have it any other way. I enjoy listening to their noise as they share the highlights from their break, joke with me, bemoan the work on the board, and get comfortable again as a class. And to top it all off, my department head surprised me in our morning with a birthday cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes. It was so good to back!