Grades are in -- woohoo! There were times in the last couple of days that I was fretting considerably over whether I was going to make it, but I did ... a full 20 minutes before the deadline, so there you go. Okay, granted I was at work at 6:15 this morning to finish up, but the important thing is the successful meeting of the deadline, not how short on sleep I was in doing so.
And we've had all but one of the formal end-of-year functions. So after graduation tomorrow, I'm mostly a free woman! Still a few faculty meetings next week, but the pressure is over as of this afternoon -- again with the woohoo!
The nice thing about today is that, after this afternoon's function with the seniors, I wound up having dinner with some colleagues and remembering once again how much I like the people I work with.
Speaking of nice things -- I had my formal evaluation meeting this week, and it turns out I'm fabulous! Well, I already knew that of course ;-) but it's always nice to hear it from one's higher-ups. I was so nervous for a few days ahead of time, a psychological reaction I'd find unaccountable if I weren't fairly sure that it's a reaction from years of higher education evaluations in combination with my own ongoing angst about being good enough. Fortunately, it seems that I am more than good enough. My favorite part was when the head of the high school said that she really couldn't believe that I'd been there only two years, and that she meant that in the best possible way, that I was so much part of the community that it seemed like I'd been there much longer. And I must say I agree, in the best possible way. So life's all good on that front.
(A digression here to note that more than one academic friend has expressed worry about my one-year contract, a worry I myself felt until I realized that I essentially got tenure the first time my contract got renewed, and did so with almost no fuss.)
All of which is to say, in the most rambling of manners (must get to bed soon), that as far as I'm concerned, summer officially starts tomorrow, Sunday. Oh sure, there's the wrapping up of the school year yet to come, but little of that takes real concentration on my part. So that means my Summer of Health starts tomorrow as well. I'm actually looking forward to it, which is more than I was feeling earlier this week.
And with that, I must hie my weary body off to bed so that I can start said summer well-rested.