Friday, July 9, 2010

Through Sick and Syllabus

This morning I woke up with a terrible headache, one that left me feeling nauseated. But since Tot has been sick, this is the only day I have daycare, so I somehow managed to get him up and out and to daycare. I've also managed to clean up the patio -- after days and days of a heat wave, the sky darkened over and burst out a rainstorm yesterday afternoon, knocking the chairs and small plants over. I've also managed to do the dishes. I ate a donut and had my corporate coffee. Now here I sit.

I start teaching on Monday. It's usually good to be prepared with things like syllabi and any initial readings. I know that. I need to work today in order to get these vital things done, especially so I don't have to be away from the family this weekend too much to get it done. That's what daycare is for. But I feel terrible. Just terrible. The headache's mostly gone. But I just want to fall over and sleep. I also want, inspired by her Royal Cogness that starting a project from a dead stop is bad, to work on the article that is due in three weeks. I also want to work on my annual review report that is due in less than a week. My brain has great plans. But I just feel terrible and haven't been quite able to get myself started. Really, I think sleep is such a wonderful elusive activity. Oh goodness, I'm tired. I'm sick. I'm a wee bit whiney. I just want to watch movies all day. Crochet. Sleep.

Of course, if I don't get these syllabi and plans ready then I'm going to have to steal from family time. I don't want to do that either. Sigh.

It doesn't help anything that I'm teaching a new course. Well, let's face it: most of the syllabus is policies and that sort of stuff. I can do that, right?


Sisyphus said...

Heh heh, not bad: feels shitty. I'm not declaring that people who leave their stuff for a long period of time are terrible people, just that it's less efficient and more whine-producing. :)

And just look at me right now, commenting on blogs instead of going back to my mess. :)

Also: how many freaking courses are you teaching? Your school ran really late and already finished a summer session --- are you at a year-round school or what? I'm confused.

Last and most importantly: baby steps. Just tackle a subheading of the syllabus at a time. You can do it!

Earnest English said...

Sis: I didn't mean to say that the people who don't work on their stuff regularly are bad, but that the practice of not working on one's stuff is bad. . .and here I'd stress that I mean it's bad for me.

No, we haven't had a summer session. My school works on the quarter system and so finishes in June. So we're just starting a summer session. I'm teaching two courses. Now I'd like to fold myself up and go to sleep.

Back to the syllabus!

Ink said...

I say go sleep while you can!

You'll find time for the syllabus work when you're rested. And if it happens to be during family time, so be it this time. Because your health is important in order for you to do all the things you have to do! And you can write a syllabus with Tot on your lap if you have to. :)

Feel better! Hugs!