Tuesday, October 28, 2008

[The Joys of Simultaneously Teaching and Taking Classes]

*sniffle, snort, wheeze, hack, cough*

I adore autumn.  I really do.  Of all the seasons of the year, this is my favorite--except for one nasty little detail: sinus infections.  Between allergies and the change in air pressure, I spend close to 80% of my time from now until April or May fighting mucus and sinus headaches.  So if you see me sniffling and honking in the next few months, you'll understand why. 

I had insomnia last night... I think I finally fell into a good, deep sleep around 4:30 a.m... I had to get up at 8:30, and I really wanted to get up at six to work on an essay that was really due last week but for which I got an extension.  As it is, I'm planning to go home after teaching today, instead of attending my own classes, to sneak in another two hours of sleep and *knock on wood* finish that stupid paper.  It's not a difficult paper, really, but for the life of me, I just can't make any headway.  It's the pits.

In other ponderings, I wonder when most students start to tap into their ability to think critically.  I find myself wondering that a lot this semester.  For example, what should one do when something is due every Friday but one cannot remember to do it on Friday?  How about do it earlier in the week instead of protesting that "we need to change the due dates!"  What should one do when one cannot remember what day of the week something is due?  How about look in the syllabus that the teacher both passed out in class and emailed everyone in early August?  Just a thought.  Sigh.  Looks like I have another patronizing lecture awaiting my performance today. 

In other news, I'm going to be a dryad for Halloween this year: brown sheet-toga, autumn-leaf garlands, and green ribbons pair with fairy-eyes and brown-tinted skin shading.  It's gonna rock.  Pictures pending!

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