This week, I am drowning in student papers. To give myself a break between one bad paper and the next, I came up with a list of the things I hate more than grading. It’s pretty short:
I’m a fainter. The woman who draws my blood at the doctor’s office when I have to have it done says that I have the smallest, trickiest veins she’s ever seen. Thus, attempting to put anything into or take anything out of these slippery little suckers often leads to fainting on my part. Perhaps so I can just check out and avoid the whole process.
Why do they always go for eyes, noses, and mouths? I got back from class the other day and idly rubbed the eye booger crusty stuff out of the inside corner my eye and out came a bug. The gunk was actually a bug. I was so icked out. How long had he been in there? What the heck was he doing? Did he put up a condo and lay in a garden? Did he leave behind friends or children or neighbors? AND, more importantly, did anybody see this colonizing bug setting up shop in MY EYE and just not say anything because they thought I KNEW he was moving into the neighborhood??!!@#??
3. Emotional Ambushes.
Those are the things that happen when you think everthing is OK, but it really isn’t, but you had NO CLUE that it wasn’t ok, and you suddenly get informed of this at the worst possible time in a way that gives you absolutely no warning about what is coming and no way out once it all begins.
4. My Dissertation.
Yep. I’d rather grade that write my dissertation. I really hate that fucker right now.
5. …. Um…..???
I couldn’t even think of 5 things. I hate grading so much there are only 4 other things in this whole world I like less.
How about you? What do you hate more than grading?