I am still alive and have survived the first week of school, in case any of you were worried (unlikely). After a summer of teaching five days a week, it’s both a blessed relief and a little bit confusing to go back to a two-day-a-week schedule. To ward off feelings of uselessness, I have scheduled myself for office hours and research time on two additional days, which is what I am doing right now. As you can see, I am using that research time quite productively!
Here is where I would traditionally insert some lengthy, profanity-laced complaint about the weather here in New Wye, but it has been strangely lovely for the past few days. Warm, no rain, little humidity. My bike ride into campus this morning was downright idyllic. I have no idea what’s going on here but I am too busy knocking on wood to do any complaining.
This week I am watching a documentary with one class and teaching a poem I have pretty much memorized by now with the other class, so it’s kind of like I don’t even have any work to do yet. This is fine by me, see, because I am almost finished with reading Infinite Jest (finally! I started that thing back in April!) and I’m sure when I get done with it, maybe tonight, I will have to engage in some serious Thinking and Reflection About It All. What an effing brilliant book, I must say.
And now, however, I have another hour to waste here in the office before I head to yoga class. Yes, life is hard sometimes. Tell me, though, how is your job going?