Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh God!

I'm drowning in work, I tell you. Drowning! Yes, drowning.

Four distinct preps (I usually have 3) and a staggeringly record number of honors students--both first-years and seniors, the two groups that require the most attention--have me in the office from 7-4ish daily without a break. Lunch at the desk and shit like that. (And then the reading and prep in the evenings, of course.) Oh, and did I mention this? I don't think I did. I'm taking a class! Ancient Greek! It's fun--but we have actual homework.

And now, because I'm an idiot, I'm prepping a Derrida essay for my seminar tomorrow. The students will be baffled (understandably; this is a tough one, and I'm pretty well baffled myself). Once I'm done, I expect that my prep will have sucked about 4 hours out of the evening. I am tired, people. And I have three thesis meetings tomorrow (two of which I just remembered).... And I haven't memorized the declension of the definite article yet....

OK. Next week will be better. Next week will be better. Three-day weekend coming up.

8 comments:

Dr. Koshary said...

What...? Why? How?

How did you get stuck with 3 preps in a 4/4 load? Why in the name of all things holy did you pick such a time to pick up Ancient Greek?

In any case, I salute your fortitude! Have fun, um, declining! :D

undine said...

And you're TAKING A CLASS in ANCIENT GREEK, too? You're a better woman than I am, Heu Mihi.

Bardiac said...

You called?

(Sounds busy, but oh so good! Congrats on starting Greek! Go you!)d

Sisyphus said...

You are crazy!!!! Good luck!

(are you doing all your own cooking and canning and butter-making too, like last year?)

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Good gods, woman. That's officially Too Much Work.

But I'll be here to offer moral support, yes?

Ink said...

I almost always have 4 different preps and just yesterday I said to Husband, "I don't know if I can do this for the rest of my life." Four classes with two preps? Do-able. Four classes with three preps? Very difficult. Four classes with four preps? Insanity.

Plus, if they are all lit classes, there's not only the texts themselves but all the criticism too. It's like DOUBLE prep.

Hugs your way.

Fie upon this quiet life! said...

Fie, indeed!

I have three preps this semester and it's a lot. I can't really imagine four, PLUS taking a class. That's murder, really.

I'm looking forward to next semester -- four classes, two preps and one of the preps is a class I'm teaching now. It will feel like a breeze, I'm sure, compared to now. Hey - maybe I should take a class then...

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