Ugh, what a week. The long and short of it is that months ago, I was offered and accepted 5 classes to teach this upcoming semester. I did all my usual prep work and was ready to go. Then, around 2 weeks ago, one of those classes was cancelled due to low enrollment, which wasn’t terrible because I usually just teach 4 classes a semester anyway, so it just meant unexpected extra money lost. But then, just 4 days ago I had THREE more classes cancelled! That’s right, I had ONE class that wasn’t cancelled. Oh, and classes start THIS MONDAY (3 days from now)!
I fell into one of the worst depressive spirals in recent memory. I practically slept for two days straight, hardly ate, and said maybe 10 words to my partner for those two days. I called and e-mailed everyone I could to at least get two more classes–both department chairs, deans, even fellow faculty members that I’m friendly with to see if they’d be willing to give me one or two of their classes.
Thankfully, all the calls and e-mails were worth it and I’m back to 4 classes, but damn am I exhausted. Of course the really shitty part is that I’ve had to restructure the syllabi for these new classes, send out printing orders, and all the other pre-semester prep work that I usually have months to do in 3 days. I don’t even have Blackboard (an online class portal where I upload each class syllabus, readings, assignments, etc) access for two of those classes yet, so I’m STILL not totally ready!
Wow, so anyway, here’s a super cute dress that I bought forever ago and wore for the first time today. Oh, and how about the change of scenery? Normally y'all get to see my messy living room in the background, now you get to see my messy bathroom! 😜 Also, mirror selfie!