Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's Pouring!!!

The last few weeks of summer were just sliding along, peacefully. And then I began class. Okay, two classes. A wonderful set of classes, a little grading here and there, some new things to learn.... It wouldn't be too hard, I thought to myself. No more than 3 classes at a time. 

But I had made the mistake of applying for a bunch of jobs last year. And now that they are almost ALL panning out, I am up to my eyeballs in classes. I have two online classes right now, which end in October, I pick up two more (perhaps THREE) starting in mid-September, and then will likely pick up FOUR more in October, on an 8-9 week schedule. WOW!

I'm hiring a maid. In fact, I'm probably going to pay for an hour or two of babysitting a few days a week, right after school, just so I can get all the grading done. Can I pay someone to sleep for me, and transfer it? Who needs sleep anyway?

It's not like I'm an art teacher, who gets to play soft music in class while everybody sits around and paints a vase of flowers. Grading papers takes a while. I have to grade hundreds of papers in a single class--and to have 1-2-3-4-... oh, my God, EIGHT classes in a single semester (maybe NINE), well, I must be insane.

If one of my future blogs ends with gibberish at the end and trails off to nothing, you'll know I've gone off the deep end. Please look for signs I've lost it, and call the authorities. 


  1. Feast or famine, isn't it always?

    Good luck!

  2. My heart goes out to you. But before you know it 5 months will have passed, and you will be looking back thinking "this is not that bad"

    Hopefully any way... keep your head up and best of luck.

  3. Thanks for the good wishes, Stephanie and Jeff!

    Honestly, I think it's going to be a grand adventure! I tend to write more when I'm horribly busy, too (just not sleep more)...

    I'll try to give frequent updates, especially when I've written. I have a fantastic idea for a short play... I'll probably attack it this weekend.

  4. Congratulations, Shakespeare! I knew about the two classes in mid-September but had no idea about your other good fortune. You are a fine teacher, and all those lucky students will benefit from your instruction. Happy, busy days!