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Monday, February 8, 2016

I'm gonna regret it...

I didn't get anything done on Friday because of the snow. Tomorrow, I have to review an application for promotion and write the letter, revise the letter I  just wrote for Paul, and talk to one of my mentees about her application, which still needs some moderately significant work, despite the fact that they're supposed to be 99.9% complete.

And I have quite a few student assignments to mark, which I absolutely must return to students this week--because we're off next week, just in time to throw a wrench into an already bumpy start to the semester, especially for my M/W 101.

Speaking of that class, there were about seven of them there today: snow, again. But I will say that the class felt more relaxed and friendlier--perhaps because it was more intimate, given how few of us were there, but also perhaps because the two students I have (perhaps erroneously) identified as sources of negativity were not there. We'll see what Wednesday brings.

This week is just going to be a mad, frantic push, largely because of the promotion applications. Once those are truly complete, life will simmer down significantly, which will be good.

But the collision of the promotion applications needing significant attention with the need to mark student assignments, which are starting to pile up, is a source of some stress.

I should, therefore, stay and work tonight, try to mark some of those assignments. But I'm not going to. I'll just get up early again tomorrow and work my little fanny off to get as much accomplished before P&B and after class as I possibly can. If it comes to it, I'll bail on Advisement on Wednesday. I don't want to do that (I bailed more often than I'd like last semester), but something's gotta give.

The short version is, for tonight, I'm cooked. I've hit the wall. I'm stick-a-fork-in-me done. Please heaven tomorrow will be more productive than today was, and please heaven classes will run more smoothly in the rest of the week than they did today--even though we're supposed to get some snow tomorrow and Wednesday. If the absenteeism continues because of the fact that it's winter, I will have to make some hard decisions about whether to reboot on the assignment schedule or just push on forward and let students fall by the wayside. But my absence or presence is all I care about right now. I can't manage any more presence, so I'm about to absent myself.

Hasta manana.

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