Running around like a chicken with her head cut off, that’s where. And sick. (There’s nothing like putting on a good imitation of an enthusiastic librarian while wondering if that sick feeling will finally manifest as a full-blown stomach flu in the middle of a class, let me tell you.) Yes, Fall term has risen up from its lair and beaten me to a pulp while somehow leaving me feeling slightly elated.
As many of you know, I keep a calendar of “available” time so that students can see when I’ll be in my office. Here’s what this week looked like.
Yes, those were the only unscheduled hours I had this week. Those were the hours in which I prepped the 6 classes I taught, figured out how to help a student find broadcast TV news footage from the beginning of the current Iraq war, figured out how to help another student find the possible connotations surrounding beds in Melville’s time, and then did all the other stuff that I’d normally do in a week at work… while battling the flu. No wonder it seemed like 2 or 3 weeks rather than just one.
Luckily, the classes all went really well, and I’m really pleased that the faculty in my departments have started to call on me so readily. So even though I’m far too tired to celebrate, I will sit here and smile for a minute or two before getting back to the business of being incredibly, bone-jarringly, head-swimmingly tired.
Tomorrow I will do no work before noon. None. I will sit on my couch, hang out online, and watch a DVD. After that I can start getting ready for a class I’m teaching on Monday morning (at 8:30 no less) and getting my act together for Internet Librarian.