Tuesday, December 04, 2007

[Hallelujah!]

I've finished all the assignments for two of my classes, and I think I may have done well!  I can't believe it, but as stressed and exhaused as I've been all semester, there is something of a chance (small as it may be) that I may end the semester with a 3.75 or even a 4.0!  Wouldn't it be wild if I graduated from grad school with a 4.0?  I doubt it will happen, but who knows?  The only reason I even consider it a possibility is that I got an A on my last Shakespeare assignment, and that's one of my two hardest classes.  

Anyway, this doesn't mean I'm anywhere near finished.  I still have 2 major term papers to write (and I mean every freakin' word), a comprehensive Shakespeare final, and 110 papers left to grade.  I really do enjoy reading and grading the memoir papers, but the position papers can drag a bit, and I'm still trudging through that pile.  It's not my students' fault--the majority of them worked very hard and it shows.  I'm just tired, and I get a little weary of seeing some of the same mistakes in every paper.  It wouldn't even be so bad if I didn't have to give comments, but trying to word the helpful criticism so it doesn't sound too harsh and discouraging can be difficult.  None of the papers are bad, and I don't want them to think their papers are.  At the same time, it can look a little contradictory if I say "good work" and only give them a C.  I have to give my reasons without sounding like a meanie.  

Geez, how can I already be hungry?  Crazy body.  You know, I think tomorrow might be a good day for some Chinese food.

Ooh, and I have my schedule all set up for next semester, classes I'm taking, teaching, my office hours, and all.  I hope this shows up alright:

 

 

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9:00

 

English 603: Practicum

 

 

 

 

 

9:30

Church at NuBrew Church and Coffeehouse

English 500: Nonfiction Writing

 

English 500: Nonfiction Writing

 

 

10:00

 

 

 

 

10:30

 

 

 

 

11:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:00

 

 

Office Hours

 

Office Hours

 

 

12:30

 

 

 

 

 

1:00

 

English 110: Writing I

English 110: Writing I

English 110: Writing I

 

1:30

 

 

2:00

 

 

English 110:

Writing I

 

English 110:

Writing I

 

 

2:30

 

 

 

 

 

3:00

 

 

 

 

 

3:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6:30

 

English 600: Research

 

 

 

 

 

7:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, if you're looking for me at all this spring, you'll know where I am.  Looks like my Mondays are going to be almost as dreadful as this semester.  Still, I get a longer afternoon, so naps are an even greater possibility.  I may survive.  

I am looking forward to sitting under a palm tree for three weeks with a ball of yarn, two knitting needles, and a small pile of books.  Oh, sure, I could stake out and search for cute guys, but frankly, that could end up being even more stressful than this semester has been.  I think I'd be safer keeping an eye out for the fellas that live around here... and certainly not until I get back and rested.  ;)

I hate to say it, but I may need a stronger prescription on my glasses again this year.  I'm not sure... maybe it's just glare on my lenses.  Either way, my eyes are crying out for rest.  I guess that's my cue. 

Good night, all!  I hope my next post is a little more coherent. :)

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