It’s that time, isn’t it? Most of the blogosphere is complaining of Ms. Mentor’s October Exploding Head Syndrome. Yesterday I was feeling a tiny bit smug, because I planned this week (the 8th of our semester) to have no undergraduate papers coming in, and very little class prep. I can catch up on the stray papers that came in late that I haven’t got to yet, deal with a handful of stuff for the grads, do a little research work, tinker with upcoming assignments, and take a couple of deep breaths before tackling the second half of the term.

Ha ha ha. There’s this committee I’m on . . . . I’m sure you can see the punchline coming. My inbox is full of stuff to read and revise in the name of service.

It’s a lot like being overwhelmed with grading, only the writing is that of my colleagues, and every time I think I have a good grading rubric, a different set of colleagues says no no no, that rubric won’t work, re-do it.

Love you all madly, now go away and let me think about Gower and Henry IV.

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