Hooray! Huzzah! Yippee!
But what this post is really about is all the things I accomplished:
- I taught all my classes – all four of them and all different preps, at every single level of the curriculum (freshmen through seniors, plus a grad class). My students seem, overall, bright and engaged and like happy campers. I love this part of the semester when I have the highest of high hopes for each and every one of them! Though I will say that my English majors are weirdly silent and don’t appear to want to know each other… AND THIS WILL NOT DO! THEY WILL INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER IF IT KILLS ME!
- I managed BOTH to indicate a reading assignment by noting the sex scenes that they should have read for next class (I’d forgotten my book so couldn’t give them a page number… but this is one of the joys of teaching a notorious pornographic novel from the 18th century) AND to use the word “motherfucker” in a discussion about word choice with my tiny fresh-peeps IN ONLY OUR SECOND CLASS (they were horrified … and then, after the horror, much more animated). Tenure has its privileges.
- I invented a literature review assignment sequence (which is like 7 pages long), no small feat when I never was taught how to do a lit review myself. Thank you internet. Also, thank you people in disciplines NOT LITERARY STUDIES.
- I wrote up and submitted a reader’s report for a journal for which I serve as a peer reviewer.
- I completed revisions on an article and submitted those.
- I’ve faced my fear of double-point needles and have embarked on learning how to knit socks. (I tried to do socks on circular needles like a year ago and hated it. So far, I prefer DPNs. Because apparently I’m a weirdo. My plan is to do sock knitting in department meetings this year. The advantage of DPNs is that I have many pointy implements to scare and intimidate my colleagues. Also, SOCKS!!!!)
- I had a very dumb conversation with The Dude, initiated by him, surprisingly. But I took it to the next level, and I suspect he now very much regrets initiating that dumb conversation, if his silence is any indication. What. Ever.
- I began communicating with two new suitors, and a date is forthcoming with one, who seems quite cool, so far.
- I advised a colleague about a Sticky Dramatic Situation with a senior colleague (and felt so lucky that my professional life appears to be drama-free right now!).
- I did some researchy stuff for my upcoming MLA paper (because I’m freaked out about it because it’s a highlighted convention-theme panel).
And all of this is not to mention the various collegial conversations and catching up on email and whatnot of the start of the semester. Oh, and I renewed the registration on my car, and I did some house-related stuff, and went to the grocery store….
I think it’s safe to say that I did more in this one week than I did all summer long. I am so happy that school is back in session! (Please remind me of these feelings when I start complaining in three weeks. Thanks.)