- It’s week 3, and I remain in love with this schedule. Why? Because All of a sudden I am never exhausted! And I go to bed at the same time every night! And I am energetic in every class that I teach! And, motherfucker, people shouldn’t be ALLOWED to teach courses back to back to back the way I’ve been doing! Because teachers SHOULD have energy for all the courses that they teach! They SHOULD be excited about every last one of them!
- Now, it is true that I had planned to get back to my scholarship stuff this week, and I haven’t quite accomplished that. But I *did* 1) do my taxes, 2) get my 6-month dental appointment out of the way, 3) take care of Major Service Obligation, 4) figure out what the fuck to do about my theory class that has already been cancelled twice because of weather, which as much as I love a class cancellation, this is the one class I wish would never be cancelled, particularly at the beginning of the semester, 5) do an MLA abstract, which was a revision but a substantial one, for a panel that’s being resubmitted this year, so kinda that’s scholarship?
But so I’m loving my schedule and I’m feeling very good about this semester, in spite of starting at a deficit because of the MLA and then because of the Miami trip. And I know more of my students’ names now than I’ve known at this point in the semester for like the past five years, and I am excited about my students in a way that I’ve not been excited about them in ages. To be fair, it might be true that I have an exceptional bunch of students this semester. But I also think I am seeing their exceptionalness precisely because I’m not motherfucking exhausted because of my schedule.
What’s also kind of nice about the 5-day schedule is that I am no longer the person who can’t meet on a certain day. Indeed, I can meet on every day, within time constraints. And that is a much easier role to inhabit (it’s hard protecting full days, as opposed to protecting time within days) than the role of being the dick who refuses to come in on a particular day.
So, I have energy, and I don’t have to spend energy on “protecting” myself so much. This is all good.
I’m pissy about a variety of things right now, but the other benefit of consistent sleep time and feeling so energized by teaching is that as pissy as I am, I’m not letting the pissiness rule my life.
So that’s the news for the moment. I think I’m going to go watch some television, because, you know, I’m all caught up with everything, AND I CAN.