Thursday, March 22, 2012

Not Motivated

I'm going to blog now because I'm not feeling motivated. I slept two hours later than planned (but that's OK since I needed the sleep), and now I have quite a bit of work to do before my first class begins at 12:30 today.

It's been a special treat this semester not to have any morning classes!

My classes this week have gone really well. My freshman comp class has an in-class essay today, which means little to no class prep for me. So I'm feeling lazy. Even though I have plenty of other work that needs to be done--finishing up prep for my creative writing class, writing two critiques, reading three essays that students want to enter in a contest, grading three essays (that's an hour's work there, just grading the essays) ... it's a lot.

So why am I being lazy?

I'm pretty exhausted. A couple of people at Dan's job resigned recently, so he is having to do both their jobs in addition to his own. Many days he's having to travel at least two hours, one way, to get to meetings because one of the former employee's districts was in the Banner Elk area. That's a long way from Franklin! With him gone most nights (and gone early most days), I'm left to do much of the parenting, plus teach my five classes.

The semester has gotten busy. My literature students have turned in their second essays (drafts) and we're just finishing up process analysis in my freshman comp class. My professional writing students are working on research papers. In addition to grading and class prep, I've been meeting with a lot of students one-on-one, and also e-mailing comments on work-in-progress that they send me. Busy, busy, busy!

I'm getting my work done between 3:30 and 7:30 a.m.. Then I get ready for school, and then I wake Anne up and get her ready for school. After dropping her off at 9:15, I go to the library or the coffee shop or home to finish getting ready for the day's classes. From noon to 5:15, I'm at school, teaching and meeting with students and doing school-stuff. At 5:30 I pick up Miss Anne and we go to the playground or the library (or to the Appalachian Trail for a short hike when the weather is nice). Then home. Plant her in front of YouTube or the TV (yes, I'm one of those moms after all), cook and eat dinner, get her bath, and hope I don't crash before she does. Then Dan gets home at some point.

It's been a tiring semester! I am looking forward to summer, when I have only a couple of classes and very little class prep because I've taught them enough time now that I feel "ready."

And in the fall, I'll have various sections of only two classes--freshman comp and professional writing. I'll have very little class prep to do at all. Definitely looking forward to that!

For now, I need to grade some papers and write a critique and prep for a class. Yawn. Or maybe I'll go back to sleep.

5 comments:

B said...

I'm with you on looking forward to the fall, though you are definitely much more busy than even I am right now! I'm sorry to hear about your husband having to pick up so much slack at work (and making you do the same at home), but at least he has his job. Hopefully he's getting somewhat compensated for the extra work!

Kelly K said...

Hi Nina - So glad to see a post! Hang in there! I'm just tired reading your schedule but it sounds like there are smoother times ahead. Do take care of yourself! Are you by chance planning to go to your MBC reunion in April? I'm thinking your schedule might not permit - but I'll be in the area and would love to see you! PISSS-GOOH, Kellih

Nina said...

B - I am very thankful that he has a job! And they really do appreciate him there, too! :-)

Kellih - Yes, I will be at the MBC reunion! Let me know when/where you will be. I've barely had time to think about that weekend (haven't even called Tina yet), but I should be there with bells on, and hopefully with no essays to grade!

Crawdaddy79 said...

I think I know exactly how you feel (sans kid, of course). Right now I need to request a personal appointment day, request documents to be printed and shipped, go over equipment manuals and note corrections that need to be made, prepare for a class I need to give next week, write weekly reports for the last two weeks for my supervisor, but instead I'm just vegging out. I don't feel like doing any of it, and I'm not going to today.

Nina said...

Jonathan: Exactly! Hope you had a good and restful veg-out session!