That said, I find myself sitting here today feeling like it can't just be week 2 because of all of the stuff I've got going on and that I'm taking on (because I'm a fool).
Things going actively going on:
- I have an R&R that I said I'd get in no later than Feb. 15. I've yet to begin working on it.
- I've got a conference I'm attending the week after that, and I've done nothing for the paper aside from vague thinking.
- I'm back on task with the committee for revising our major, and so I've got stuff to do for that (kind of a lot of stuff actually).
- Did I mention I'm teaching 4 classes, which include 4 different preps and one of them brand spanking new?
- I'm advising my students who wanted to do the reading group, but let's just say that I've not done the reading. Woops.
Other irons in the fire:
- Tentative plans to visit FB in March! Huzzah!
- Conference proposal for me for summer (which I shouldn't do because it won't be funded, but I really want to go, so there we are). This will later involve writing a paper.
- If my reading group students don't crap out, helping them put together something for the above conference.
- Conference paper for spring conference, though seriously: the research will primarily involve watching hours of television and scouring "sources" like Entertainment Weekly. And the conference involves a long weekend with BFF and Friend By Association (FBA) that will take place in New Orleans. I really can't get it up to be anxious over anything in this bullet, for this is the Bullet of Awesomeness.
- I appear to have taken on the task of organizing a conference. The conference won't happen until 2011, but yes, I think I'm actually doing this. I might be stupid, but I think it could be really cool. Remind me of this 2 years from now when I'm beating myself up for wanting to do things that are a ton of work and that make one crazy.
- I'm teaching two classes this summer, one a piece of cake (am teaching it this semester, taught it last summer, have taught it every year of my life, etc.) but the other a) a brand new prep where I've only read one of the novels on the syllabus, b) the first grad course I'll be teaching in our MA program, c) on a topic on which I am totally not an expert. Because I am a person with big ideas who doesn't think carefully about execution until it is too late.
I'll say this, I was ready for 2008 to be over because I felt like it was the year filled with things that lingered - nothing was new or exciting or whatever. Well, so far? 2009 is shaping up to be one heck of a different kind of a year. I think this is good, though we shall see.