Four more days until the end of the semester, and I feel like this photo of my Santa Quilt, purposely faded in intensity so I can doodle my quilting designs on it.
I took it in today to class, tucked in my pink briefcase right behind their new Precis Assignment, the Checklist for their Research Paper packets, and the three-page Peer Review handout. Since I spent Saturday morning in Urgent Care getting diagnosed with Bronchitis Induced Asthma, and then getting a breathing treatment and receiving four medications (all together now: I Believe in Pharmaceuticals), after an hour of waiting at the pharmacy, I was pretty tired, so went home, swallowed a glug of cough syrup and went out like a (drugged) light while Dave put up the outside Christmas lights. At least someone is productive around our house.
I was most concerned because we'd spent Thanksgiving with a friend with a low-functioning immune system, so I asked the doctor, "Am I contagious?" "No," he said. Relief. And so we swing into the holiday, with lights on the front of the house and me wheezing in between inhaler hits.
So, that faded Santa is a good representation of how things are around here. This afternoon I crunched down a cough drop during class to keep the coughing at bay while they read through the handouts, one by one. Then we got to the Peer Review. The stats:
- Twenty students still on the rolls.
- Three have stopped coming.
- Five didn't have the requisite three-page minimum on their essay, so couldn't participate.
- Twelve students spent the rest of the hour, trading papers, evaluating.
- I doodled on my faded Santa, a satisfying diversion.
We came out to the most glorious sunset, and two of the girls sighed audibly at the brilliantly colored sky. I snapped, then posted, photos on Instagram, then drove home on the back roads, avoiding the horrific freeway traffic.
The latest news from the Educational Front is that our Dean has been canned. Well, he has until June on his contract, so there have been "Reporting Reassignments," which doesn't affect what I do one whit, except that I don't see him slinking around the Tutoring Center, hobnobbing with the staff as much. The last time I saw him, he was dressed like an upscale bum: half-shaven, casual clothes, his dreads grown out again, and sneakers. I made some comment that he looked comfortable today, and he said, "I try to dress up as much as my faculty does." So even though I had to overlook that snotty comment, I did sort of like the guy, but he's a goner, while I still wear pearls and nice clothes and have my weensy little adjunct job that involves coming to class when I feel like staying home in bed, but I did solve a Santa-quilting problem, then was taken out to Pho for dinner by my light-stringing husband.
On the whole, not a bad day.