things that can go wrong on your first day of teaching

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  • You can spill coffee all over yourself on your way to your first class of the day (luckily I was wearing a dress with a floral print that camouflaged it perfectly)
  • You can forget to bring the stupid mac video dongle to connect to the projector (borrowed one from a colleague in the nick of time)
  • You can have both projectors in your classroom go dead just as your second class is about to start (but they could bring up the syllabus on their lab computers)
  • You can forget how utterly exhausting teaching is, and find yourself tired nearly to the point of tears just as you're realizing that your kids start school tomorrow and they haven't finished their summer reading packets (done now)
  • You can foolishly upgrade the software powering your course blogs (they're fixing the bugs I found as I speak, however)

On the plus side, my two freshmen classes this fall seem to be full of high energy students who will make teaching fun. Elouise and I aren't on opposite schedules this fall, so we get to see each other lots. And the influx of gaming faculty into the department is changing the tone of our hallway in a very good way.

And in unrelated news, Lane's full-arm plaster cast was removed from his right arm today and replaced with a waterproof forearm cast, so he can now shower! w00t!

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You can forget how utterly exhausting teaching is, and find yourself tired nearly to the point of tears just as you're realizing that your kids start school tomorrow and they haven't finished their summer reading packets (done now)
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Yet you still find the energy to out killing things until midnight! Life never gives us more than we can handle.

I love you...
-g.

If killing things all night couldn't be done while sitting nearly comatose on the couch, I wouldn't be doing it :)

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