Saturday, December 06, 2008

you get up every morning from your alarm clock's warning

A typical week in the life...

Monday:

7:00 AM, alarm goes off.

7:00-8:00, shower, hair makeup, make bed, and give myself a good five minutes to take my synthroid and prilosec (because all pills gag me) with an ounce of juice (because anything more on my tummy that early will make me queasy all day.

8:00-9:45, commute. Walk to the train station, catch the 8:20, get to marble hill and hop the 1 at roughly 8:45, get to campus at 9:45 if there are no problems.

9:45-10:00, have a small bowl of cereal at the office because now I've been up long enough for food.

10:00-2:00, answer emails, read papers/assignments X 2 classes, record grades, prep for classes, search internet for examples/articles for a class discussion, make copies for classes.

2:00-4:00, office hours. See students as drop-ins, mainly at this point in the semester for registration advising, but also those with field placements and other issues.

4:00-5:30, grab dinner and eat at desk, final prep for class and run down to pick up lcd projector/computer for class.

5:30-6:45, class

6:45-7:00, field student questions and concerns after class.

7:00-9:45, catch subway and hope for connection with 8:20 pm train back home and make it, walk home.

9:45 on, veg for a bit in front of telly, make a bite to eat, do some dishes.

1:00, to bed, up several times with sleep disruptions.

Tuesday:

7:00 AM, alarm goes off.

7:00-8:00, shower, hair makeup, make bed, and give myself a good five minutes to take my synthroid and prilosec (because all pills gag me) with an ounce of juice (because anything more on my tummy that early will make me queasy all day.

8:00-9:45, commute. Walk to the train station, catch the 8:20, get to marble hill and hop the 1 at roughly 8:45, get to campus at 9:45 if there are no problems.

9:45-10:00, have a small bowl of cereal at the office because now I've been up long enough for food.

10:00-12:00, last minute grading and class prep, pick up lcd projector/pc for class.

12:00-1:40, class.

1:40-2:00, field student questions and concerns after class.

2:00-3:00, grab lunch, eat in office while reading and responding to emails.

3:00-5:00, office hours. See students as drop-ins, mainly at this point in the semester for registration advising, but also those with field placements and other issues. See one student in particular who spends 45 minutes fretting about class, his/her performance, extracurricular activities (leader of student club), all while displaying a negative attitude and somewhat paranoid tendencies. Last student of the day doesn't leave until 5:30.

5:30-7:00, paperwork related to committee meetings.

7:00-9:45, catch subway and hope for connection with 8:20 pm train back home and make it, walk home.

9:45 on, veg for a bit in front of telly, make a bite to eat, do some dishes.

1:00, to bed, up several times with sleep disruptions.

Wednesday:

7:00 AM, alarm goes off.

7:00-8:00, shower, hair makeup, make bed, and give myself a good five minutes to take my synthroid and prilosec (because all pills gag me) with an ounce of juice (because anything more on my tummy that early will make me queasy all day.

8:00-9:45, commute. Walk to the train station, catch the 8:20, get to marble hill and hop the 1 at roughly 8:45, get to campus at 9:45 if there are no problems.

9:45-10:00, have a small bowl of cereal at the office because now I've been up long enough for food.

10:00-11:00, prep for class.

11:00-11:50, class.

11:50-12:15, field questions/concerns from students.

12:15-12:45, meet with student about field placement.

12:45-2:00, grab lunch and eat at desk, grade student presentations from class last week to hand back today.

2:00-4:00, attend meeting of student club for which I am faculty advisor. Try to encourage students to make decisions about future of club while not stepping on the toes of the previously mentioned student with the paranoid tendencies who is not providing group leadership, and who I see in the department's office later that day filling out a form, which makes me wonder if she's lodging a complaint with the department chair (now who's paranoid?).

4:00-5:30, finish prep for class.

5:30-6:45, class.

6:45-7:10, field questions/concerns from students.

7:00-9:45, catch subway and hope for connection with 8:20 pm train back home and make it, walk home.

9:45 on, veg for a bit in front of telly, make a bite to eat, do some dishes.

1:00, to bed, up several times with sleep disruptions.

Thursday:

7:00 AM, alarm goes off.

7:00-8:00, shower, hair makeup, make bed, and give myself a good five minutes to take my synthroid and prilosec (because all pills gag me) with an ounce of juice (because anything more on my tummy that early will make me queasy all day.

8:00-9:45, commute. Walk to the train station, catch the 8:20, get to marble hill and hop the 1 at roughly 8:45, get to campus at 9:45 if there are no problems.

9:45-10:00, have a small bowl of cereal at the office because now I've been up long enough for food.

10:00-12:00, prep for class and write two letters of reference for a student (one scholarship, one for admission to ivy league school), emails including communications with two MFD committee people that I'll be meeting with next week, internet research, etc.

12:00-1:40, class.

1:40-2:00, field questions/concerns from students, including a student with a disability about whose attendance I had previously been concerned, and yet another students with some serious paranoid tendencies that may affect her next written assignment.

2:00-6:00, grab lunch and eat at desk, type up notes of teaching observation of adjunct teacher as I will meet with him later that afternoon, research articles online for future class use, begin work on a sample writing intensive assignment for critique at faculty development workshop the next day.

6:00, computer crashes and is useless.

6:45-7:15, meet with adjunct teacher.

7:15-9:45, catch subway and hope for connection with 8:20 pm train back home and actually make it despite leaving work at almost 7:30, walk home.

9:45 on, veg for a bit in front of telly, make a bite to eat, do some dishes.

1:00, to bed, up several times with sleep disruptions.

Friday:

7:00 AM, alarm goes off.

7:00-8:00, shower, hair makeup, make bed, and give myself a good five minutes to take my synthroid and prilosec (because all pills gag me) with an ounce of juice (because anything more on my tummy that early will make me queasy all day.

8:00-9:45, commute. Walk to the train station, catch the 8:20, get to marble hill and hop the 1 at roughly 8:45, get to campus at 9:45 if there are no problems.

9:45, call help desk to get assistance on computer, am given instructions which I follow and leave the computer to do its thing hoping the help actually worked.

10:00-12:00, last workshop session for the semester on developing writing intensive courses; I do not have my sample assignment because of computer crash.

noon, during lunch break I run to my office to check my computer, which is still not working, call the computer help desk again, they start a 'ticket' for work, I run back to workshop.

12:00-2:00, rest of workshop, over lunch there is a discussion about correct pronunciation of words, and I have a disagreement (not a good idea) with a very senior, very well-respected (by everyone, including me) professor who says you can't tell a native speaker that they are pronouncing a word incorrectly because it is their native language, while I maintain that there is a correct pronunciation for each word and just because subgroups of people pronounce a word in a particular way doesn't make it the correct pronunciation, but I don't support my argument very well so I feel like a complete idiot and dwell on it for the rest of the day.

2:00-3:30, go back to office to discover that the computer has been fixed (at least temporarily), and I do some online research I needed to do before making a final decision about next semester's textbooks, fill out order forms for said textbooks, check emails, etc.

3:30, decide I don't want to stay in that office a minute longer even if it means taking work home, so I pack up the papers for two classes to grade at home, make stops at macy's and target on the way to return things I purchased on black friday.

6:30, actually arrived home at a reasonable hour, cooked dinner, and watched the telly, but did not grade papers.

2:30 am, to bed.

Saturday:

11:00 AM-2:00 AM, up, make bed, cook french toast for me, rugrat, her bf, watch tv, grade papers, blog a little, grade more papers, work on variable table for meeting with MFD committee persons next week, touch up grey roots, etc.

Sunday:

Clean apartment, do laundry, take out garbage and recycling.

If all paperwork is done on Saturday, will pull holiday decorations out of storage room in basement and let rugrat decorate the tree.

BTO, Takin' Care of Business:



(Yeah, I don't take the 8:15 into the city, but I do take the 8:20. I saw these guys in concert, probably about 1975-ish.)

4 comments:

ladyk73 said...

Gosh....I am now so sleepy!!! Yawn....

Your tire me out!

MacGregor Rucker said...

Ha! BTO is my favorite band of fat men! That song rocks!

Spring said...

ladyk, I tire myself out, lol. Seriously, now I know why professors make themselves scarce during breaks -- it's the only way to maintain sanity.

McGregor, the funny thing is, I'm not really a BTO fan. When I saw them in concert, it was an all-day summer concert and I'd really gone to see Aerosmith. But when I'm standing there at the train station in the morning, that damned song comes into my head. Every. damned. morning. Gah!

MacGregor Rucker said...

Funny thing about BTO--I love a few of there songs and find the others horrible. Both Bachman and Turner were in the Guess Who, a band I felt exactly the same about. They were nothing, if not consistent. THey do bring back memories though, of riding around in my 70 Chevelle, Wayne's World-esque, a bunch of skinny freaks screaming along to the 8-track.