15 college rec letters? All written and uploaded!
Walking my five senior advisees through the college application system? Well, not done by a long shot, but at least they've all now got their Common Apps done and have met their Early Action/Decision deadlines, so that's something.
New, major course curriculum proposal, put together hurriedly in two weeks after our first proposal went down in a hail of fire (i.e., voted down handily by the Curriculum Committee)? Unanimously approved by the department and ready to go up against the Curriculum Committee in a week and a half! (Fingers crossed. The head of school and head of the upper school have both told me they like it, but the academic dean has repeatedly told me that it's not going to happen, and things almost always go her way, in part because she single-handedly controls the agendas of both the Curriculum Committee and Department Heads committee. I'm definitely getting an education in school politics.) (And many thanks to the bloggy friends who helped with suggestions for the Crime and Punishment course!)
Major technology issues, the result of the department's tackling a new software at the same time that the school adopted a new course management system at the same time that FGS officially became a 1:1 iPad school? Resolved, at least for now, and things at least seem to be going relatively smoothly.
Online student newspaper, under my brand-new advising? Seems to be going well, now that I've learned the software and have lowered my expectations about what my up-until-now untutored journalism students can actually accomplish.
Many, many more meetings and one-on-one conversations with teachers in the English and other departments? I'm taking them in stride.
Plus there's that whole business of actually teaching my classes, staying on top of grading, etc.
Oh, plus I managed to do three of my year's six "duty weekends" already -- not on purpose, I just traded with a colleague so that she could avoid duty on Yom Kippur weekend. Nice to be halfway done with that particular task, but it certainly has eaten away at my available recuperating/working time.
All of which is to say that it's been one heck of a fall term thus far, especially when one factors in the emotional rollercoaster of D's employment drama.
So it is probably no surprise that I've been dragging more and more as the last couple of weeks have gone by. I actually thought I was heading for a major cold earlier this week -- sore throat, chills, the whole works -- but fortunately that started getting bad just as I finally managed to wrap up some of the big work that has been hanging over me.
So Thursday night I decided that healing time was in order. I left school early (I don't teach the last period on that day), put on my pj's at 3:30, and spent over two hours lying on the couch under a blanket, watching Food Network while eating chips and salsa. I know that this wouldn't be everyone's recipe for recovery, but it seems to have done the trick. (I credit Trisha Yearwood's Southern Kitchen for pushing me back into health.) I felt more cheerful and stronger on Friday than I had in ages.
And so I'm continuing that healing trend. I took a two-hour nap yesterday after school, then sat on the couch and watched "Modern Family" while eating pizza. This morning I slept late, got up to eat breakfast, and then went back to bed to read a fluffy novel, which I finished in a few hours. I'm now back on the couch, playing games on my iPad and watching the world go by outside. I may try to pull myself together to exercise, just on general principle, but I have promised myself faithfully that I will do NO WORK today! Tomorrow is Open House, and I'll get grading done on the morrow as well, but I simply can't keep going at the pace I have been. And there's no reason to, now that I've checked off all of those items off of my list.
I'm determined that the rest of the year will be much saner than the first two months have been, and that means plenty of couch time, which apparently is necessary to both my physical and mental health.