Soon, very soon, there will be some space in my head, you guys. Tomorrow is the LAST DAY of my summer class. Their final is all automagically graded, leaving me with twenty assignments and two discussions and also the grade appeal from one of last week's discussions (NOT THAT I'M BITTER ABOUT THAT ONE OR ANYTHING). I can do this.
Earlier in the day I was going to make The Big List, or maybe two. I always tend to start with the list of summer obligations, like "find a mason" and "get the pictures into albums," and then I have to think harder about the fun stuff. Kind of backward, I know.
But it's been a long day, my friends, and I'm having that thing where my judger is kind of broken because it has been judging ALL DANG DAY. Remember how I was all concerned about my students having to learn a month's worth of material in each week? Only belatedly did it dawn on me that I would also have to do a month's worth of grading every week. I am not sure I can exercise good judgment about summer Big Lists when my judger is plumb wore out, as they would say in the land of my childhood. Huh, you can tell I'm good and tired if I'm talking about things being plumb wore out. Making a Big List is kind of an art: too big and you get demoralized, but a mom's reach must exceed her grasp or what's a nine-month contract for?
So maybe I will just focus on getting the summer off to a good start. The plan for tomorrow: gentle run, brief yoga, a little catching up in 1 Kings, breakfast with lots of CSA veggies, and then check those exam settings. (Online exams, man-- there are so many details. If you're not careful you can make a total hash of things.) Put in a solid 90 minutes of undistracted grading, and then go to the pool with Stella and the sadly neglected Pickwick Papers. Oooh, maybe I'll make a salade Niçoise for dinner, and take a vote about whether to go to the new Incredibles movie or the fun thing at our church. I will enjoy the summer more if I am eating well and exercising regularly. Perhaps tomorrow I will post some firmer resolutions on that front, but tonight I am only going to plan for one day.
The dishwasher is running; the kids are all upstairs. Off to bed with me.