Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You know what, folks?

I'm tired.

Teaching eleven units, plus chairing two department committees, plus editing a national org's newsletter, plus grad students, plus grant and conference applications, plus the big university research council, plus plus plus...

I'm teaching all night classes this semester. I generally get home around 10 p.m., and to bed around midnight or later. Yet my best writing time is between 6:30 and 10 a.m. This is not working well for me.

I agreed (before getting hit with the teaching schedule from hell) to give my first-ever presentation (approx. 40 min.) to the department research seminar on the new project. Yeah, I'm sure that's gonna go great.

Sleep is a thing of the past. As are walks with friends, photography, and anything else that I used to enjoy. Even grocery shopping has become hard to fit in. I'm exhausted, I'm feeling like I'm on a fucking hamster wheel, and frankly, this semester has me ready to throw in the towel.

That's me, for today.

10 comments:

clio's disciple said...

All night classes? That sounds particularly dire. I'm sorry you got stuck with such a difficult schedule on top of everything else.

squadratomagico said...

That *does* sound like hell. Sorry you've been hit with so much all at once.

Dr. Crazy said...

Notorious, all I can say is that I think today's a day for feeling tired. Hang in there - the semester will not last forever (or at least that's what I keep telling myself).

redlipsandacademics said...

I echo Dr. Crazy's comments. This seems to be a day for feeling tired and fed up in academia. And it's only Wednesday. In February. Oy vey. Let's all hang in there together, shall we?

Tiger Mom PhD said...

I must agree...so tired. Your schedule sounds horrible. Hopefully next semester won't be so bad and as the others said hang in there.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

At least you're still fucken bloggeing!

Anthea said...

Urgh...all night classes. That's just dire and no wonder you're shattered and frustrated especially if your writing time is in the morning.

Susan said...

All night classes? Oh... my brain shrivels at 9 PM.

I hope you can get some sleep at the weekend. Last week I had candidate dinners 5 nights in a row, and I was a wreck.

J. Otto Pohl said...

I am so glad I only have one class to teach this semester.

Jonathan Jarrett said...

I agree with every word of Comrade PhysioProf's comment. This term has been really stretching me and the Internet kind of became a step too far for a while. You're still here! How do you manage?