Friday, September 5, 2008

First Week of Classes

I haven't been blogging this week, because it's been the first week of classes, and I've been busy all day, then exhausted by the time I get home. But here's my RBOC**-style wrap-up:

  • My classes seem pretty good. Early Medieval has only 20 people, and I have a critical mass of them interested in participating. My other class is a bit rougher: for some reason, it's a prerequisite for a required course in the Fashion Design and Merchandising major.
  • I've done something new in my Medieval class: I've ditched the textbook. So far, it seems to be going okay.
  • Yesterday, I wore the beautiful boots pictured here. They are lovely (go ahead: admire how fabulous I look in them), but it was the first time in over a year that I'd worn heels for more than three hours, and spent most of the day on my feet. Ugh.
  • I'm going to try doing something that my most productive friends have recommended: don't prep for class except on class days. This means getting to the office at 8 for an 11 a.m. class, and counting on the usual lack of visits during my office hours before my 3:30 class.
  • New fun! Tenure file! Due in less than a month! So, Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get to the office at 8 to begin prep, teach/office hours from 11-5, then stay in the office from 5-7:30 or so working on the file.
  • A good friend of mine from grad school is seriously ill. I'm angry about this, but I don't know whose shins to kick in this regard, which makes me even angrier.
  • Can I keep riding my bike to campus? It's good daily exercise (4 miles each way), but the promised shower and locker has not materialized. Did I mention that I'm one of those people who sweats more than average? And that the otherwise very nice route to campus ends with a very steep two-block hill?
  • The windows in my office have developed more cracks, and one piece has fallen out entirely. This has necessitated having a plexiglass "patch" put on. They can't replace the window, because there's asbestos involved. Oh, goody.
  • In general, my spirits are up, but I feel busy.

**Why do my bullets look fine in preview, but look like dorky little stylized flowers when I publish the post?


clio's disciple said...

I think the dorky flowers are an effect of the page theme, it happens to me as well.

You'd love my office; it's in a weird little house that clearly used to be residential, as there's actually a shower in the bathroom.

I heard about ill good friend, and I am also seriously bummed.

Ancrene Wiseass said...

Yeah, the dorky flowers are part of the page template. Hate them.

I'm sorry about your friend: that's awful.

And yes, you do look fabulous in those boots.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you can convince the fashion design majors that history can be fashionable (i.e. your boots). What is involved in the prep for your classes? Mostly grading and gathering slides and notes or do you have to come up with discussion material in that time too?

Dr. S said...

I like the flowers, too.

Is there any way you could get the fashion people doing historical research into fashions related to what you're teaching? Fashion, too, is a highly historical phenomenon--though fashion technology may not yet have taken its historical turn, as a discipline. (I don't know about that, either, though: haven't been at a school with fashion tech. since I finished grad school.)