The two weeks of how-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-all-this are over! There were a few grim moments along the way, including a couple of nights of deeply disturbed sleep that certainly didn't help the whole efficiency thing. One of those nights, I had a terrible dream in which I had run into someone from grad school whom I haven't kept in touch with; we filled each other in on what we'd been up to over the last decade-plus, and then she looked at me and said, "I'm trying really hard to find any redeeming detail in the story of your life thus far." Yeesh! It was terribly distressing and had me in a funk the next morning, but I finally decided it was just the stress talking. (And the person from grad school was always very nice; I'm sure she wouldn't say anything like that in real life!)
But enough about the grimness; the good news is that the grading all got done, and my AP Comp students actually did quite well as a whole on their practice AP exam; the arts/lit magazine is all laid out and the staff is proofreading it (and it looks awesome); the faculty band gave a rowsing performance to great applause, and I picked up a new instrument the night before -- the cow bell; I've now had my first two official department head events; the department unanimously supported the curriculum proposals for which I was the primary author; I got through Grandparents' Day in fine style; my advisees are handling their various crises better than two weeks ago (although a mom left a message for me on Thursday in which she was crying and screaming and basically hysterical; I'm really glad I didn't happen to be in the room to pick up the phone!); and I'm currently wrapping up various bits and bobs while I proctor SATs and am then going to take the rest of the weekend off!
The co-author crisis is pretty much in the same state as it was; we're all having a meeting on Wednesday. But I'm feeling remarkably calm about it, mostly because I'm not in charge of fixing it.
And in general my mood is dramatically up, having gotten through these two weeks. On Thursday night, I actually had a little difficulty falling asleep, tired as I was, because I was so very excited that the end was in sight!
It's always a little depressing to me to have my college-teaching friends be posting on FB and blogs about how they are grading exams and finishing up the year, all while I still have four weeks of classes left. But at least as of this morning I've gotten through the final hard push. There will certainly be ups and downs in the remaining six weeks before I'm free for the summer, but at this point I actually think I will manage to cruise pretty smoothly toward June.