Monday, November 26, 2007

Too. Much. Happening. At. Once.

I have a phone interview for the t-t job at New SLAC. Tomorrow. This is both very good and very ill-timed, as it comes right on the heels of two hours of student conferences for freshman comp, and right before New Colleague's Poetry Reading. And this afternoon, the secretary dumped a pile of writing proficiency exams that need to be scored ASAP in my lap, and the day after tomorrow, I teach Modern American Play That I Have Never Taught Before And Have No Idea How To Teach As Yet.

OK, I have known about this interview for almost a week, so I have theoretically had time to prepare, but dammit, it doesn't count as time if it's over Thanksgiving break!

Clearly, this is the crazy season, and I need to remember that the craziness lifts right around the second week of December and there is a great stillness, and then Christmas. A comforting rhythm. Interrupted by the redoubled craziness of the MLA, these last few years, but at least it's a pause for breath. I remember going for long walks during exam week when I was an undergrad, and being amazed at how suddenly all the deadlines had gone away. I need a long walk now.

Also, one of the writing exams referred to "playing bad mitten," which is one of the more adorable misspellings I have come across. BAD mitten!

Breathe. The day after the day after tomorrow is another day.


Sisyphus said...

Yay interviews! Good luck good luck!

If you need something thrown together for MAPTIHNTBAHNIHTTAY, email me --- I'll see what I have (depending if it's one I've taught).

Anonymous said...

By the time you read this, the interview might be over. If it's not, all my best. If it is, all my best anyway, and see! You got through it! Isn't that a relief?

Sis, way to go with that acronym.

Fretful Porpentine said...

Sisyphus and Neophyte -- Thanks! I think I'm OK with MAPTIHNTBAHNIHTTAY now that the initial new-text panic has subsided, but I'll see...