Planning for the Term

The new term is almost upon us. Or upon me.

I'm slogging under some sort of lingering sickness that has me sore and congested in a manner that only compares with an L.A. freeway. I've been capable of maybe 45 minutes of focused work these last several days.

My syllabi aren't done. I'm teaching a course I've only taught once before - and it was a nightmare. I've applied for a grant, submitted my first year review, and now I'm pressing. Two abstracts due at the end of the week - trying to get to two summer conferences - and one more grant proposal. God help me. Most importantly, though, I've been lamenting how the iPod has stopped me from listening to full albums. And so it is my plan to make office hours useful by listening to as much of an entire album as possible. I think I might even blog about the experience. Because, goodness knows, nothing useful gets done in office hours, so I should at least get a blog post out of it.


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Anonymous said...

You should totally blog about the iPod-office hour experience. Oh, and our semester starts tomorrow, and I'm sitting here watching tragic American Idol auditions rather than plan for the first day. Oops.

ps) at least you HAVE an office for office hours.

January 12, 2010 at 8:40 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Alright - that's enough encouragement to ensure the iPod/album blog happens.

Sorry to hear your term's already started and that you're suffering from a lack of an office. Maybe, at least, your term will be over before mine.

January 14, 2010 at 10:21 PM
Anonymous said...

An album per office hour is a really good idea.

I'm glad I'm not the only one behind, sick, and so on, and I am inspired by how you are pressing on.

January 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Well, here's to it: another term, started awkwardly and the realization that rough starts don't preclude good finishes.

January 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM