Well, I didn’t make it to the library today. But, I did get some work done for next week. I’ve read two articles that I’ve assigned in the women’s history class (which has been the one I’ve given the least attention to) and did some computer work on the class website. It wasn’t much, but it was something. And, I surfed the net, and watched and episode of my newest guilty pleasure– Desperate Housewives downloaded from iTunes. It’s embarrassing to like, but there’s something great about watching the embedded mockery of the Republican vision of American women’s perfect lives. (Whether or not it may also reinscribe and justify that vision… I haven’t yet decided.) But, I Desperately needed some down time today.
This past week almost killed me — I came seriously close to a meltdown in the car on the way to work on Wednesday. I managed to hold it together and get through the week. So, all in all, I think a day to just do little was a good thing. Plus, added bonus: I’ve been at the Big Science Thingey all day with Spousal Unit. He’s off doing sciencey type stuff, so I could sit in his cubicle and therefore not notice how filthy the house is.
I need to figure out how to get a handle on this 3 class teaching thing. I can’t seem to do everything that I need to do. I don’t know what it is, but I’m scrambling around at the last minute for every class session. I can’t get ahead of it, somehow.
And, I can tell that one of the classes isn’t quite yet WITH me. There comes a moment, I think, in each class experience where you win them. They start off skeptical, and then one day, you do the right backflip, or you say the right interesting thing, or you make them laugh, and then bam — they’re yours. It just hasn’t happened yet with this 100 level class this semester. And, I strongly suspect that it is because I’m rushing around to prep everything at the last minute and feeling overwhelmed and behind at all times.
So, that’s my weekly report. Not much dissertation/conference paper work, but a slightly saner Stewgad than when today started.