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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Surely this can't be right.

As far as I can tell, I actually have everything ready for the fall semester: class handouts, Blackboard set up, my copies of the syllabi to remind me what I need to do on what days... and it's not even August yet. Surely I am forgetting something huge, and will suddenly have a massive jolt of "Oh SHIT!!" anxiety somewhere between now and Sept. 1. Apart from the madness that I know will be going on with schedule changes when I'm back to working with Bruce, of course. Some of the classes are better (including my own, which are now at 7, 6, and 13), but some full-time faculty schedules are still in pretty dire shape. We'll see what transpires in the next two weeks, I suppose.

I do find it curious that there is only one woman registered for SF so far. Last year, there was a pretty good gender balance, but one woman to twelve men may make for a very interesting semester. I know there's still time for more students to register, so I can hope the balance evens out at least some. I'm actually thinking seriously about e-mailing my buddies in Advisement to ask them to try to chase a few women into the class....

Getting back to the fact that I think I've finished all the preliminary work (including at least four times when I had to fix something in the 102 syllabus), my ability to get so much done has a lot to do with the heat wave we've been experiencing. I can't bear to go out of the house for very long (or some days, at all), and much as I love to read or noodle around on the computer, too many days of that can  make me pretty antsy. Work, however, is an excellent narcotic: it distracts me from all sorts of things.

In fact, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with myself for the next few days. I have some life-maintenance (and life enhancement) stuff coming up, but nothing that will fill entire days. It will be interesting to see.

And I don't suppose I'll have reason to post again until I'm working with Bruce, starting August 17--maybe not even then. But come Sept. 1 and the first day of classes, I'll be back here regularly. Stay tuned!

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