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Posted on Monday 5 November 2007 at 9:53 am

I'm freaking out here, people!

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A couple of minutes ago, I logged into my school's webpage. Generally, my initial menu options are Personal Information (name, addresses, etc.), Employee (all about my stipend), and Student & Financial Aid (registering for classes and the like). Today for the first time I have a new option. It says "Faculty."

Yes, I've known for quite some time that I will be teaching a class in the Spring. Somehow having access to the faculty system where I can enter grades and the like is making it a lot more real. I am so not ready to teach a class!

I did find out from this system when my class is meeting, which is a plus. It will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:50. I had really hoped for one of the classes that met on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 50 minutes rather than this twice a week for and hour and twenty minutes, but I'll hopefully make this work. I'm kind of going to have to. I've been waiting to find out when my class met to make my syllabus because it really matters for planning lecture topics and reading assignments and the like so now I have to seriously get cracking.

In other completely unrelated news, I went to see Shakespeare's Measure for Measure last night. I always prefer that my first experience of any play but especially Shakespeare's be through watching it performed rather than reading it. Plays were meant to be performed and observed not read! I'd never had any prior experience with this play and I really enjoyed it. The plot was fairly interesting, there were several moments of raunchy humor, some good soliloquies, and basically everything you expect from a good Shakespearian play. The performance was done by a college club and the acting was decent but not superb.

Dave went with me to the play and we went to IHOP afterwards. We had a good time. I still haven't made up my mind on that front in general, though.

That is basically all I've been up to other than cleaning my bedroom which is dreadfully boring so I'll spare you a full detailed report of my dusting methods. What have y'all been up to?
Feeling: Weird
Exploring: Desk


gilpin25 at 7:53 pm on 05 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I think it's exciting and impressive and all those sort of words. Which are also words I'm soon hoping to hear about Dave! ;)

You don't want to hear what I've been up to. Bad stomach day and ... you don't want to know any more, except the evening seems an improvement on the rest of the day. Now doesn't that make your dusting seem a little better? LOL.
bratty_jedi at 1:06 am on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you haven't been doing well today. I had two bad tummy days last week and I'm not sure why. I'd definitely rather not repeat.

I still haven't finished the dusting. I dusted my three bookshelves, my bed, and 90% of my desk. I have three shelves left to do on my desk and the small TV stand and I just haven't gotten around to it. I'll put that at the top of tomorrow's to do list.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 8:26 pm on 05 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Faculty sounds very official, doesn't it? I'm sure you're going to do a great job, though.

I totally agree with the importance of actually seeing a Shakespearean play. Measure for Measure was one of the plays that we studied in second year English; I'd love to see a performance of it, but in recent years the local theatres seem to be sticking with tragedies like Othello and Hamlet.

Well, I'm glad you had a good time with Dave anyway, and obviously no awkward situations arose? So that's something. :)
bratty_jedi at 1:08 am on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Faculty is such an intimidating word. I've started receiving mail addressed to Prof. Rachael and that freaks me out even more.

I love Hamlet. It is absolutely my favorite Shakespeare thus far and it will take something phenomenal to displace it. But I get sick of everyone doing the same small handful over and over. No matter how much I love it, even i can only take so much Hamlet before I want to try something new.

Nothing too new on the Dave front. I'm just kind of trying to figure things out as we go I guess.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 9:35 pm on 05 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, faculty! That sounds so official. Good luck getting your syllabus planned! Does this mean you chose a textbook?

I totally agree with you about Shakespeare being watched instead of read, and that's coming from an English major! When I took my Shakespeare class I always checked out the videos from the Baylor library to watch as I read. It helped so much because I can never keep track of who's who when their names are all similar and often abbreviated!
bratty_jedi at 1:11 am on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm in a bit of a conundrum now. I had my two books selected. I had a rough plan for a syllabus, including assignment due dates and grade distribution. I was REALLY excited about what all I accomplished today. Then I realized one of the books I selected cost more than I originally thought it did and now I'm worried that it is too expensive and I can't assign it and I really need it for what I had planned. So I may be back at the start. I'm trying to convince myself it isn't that expensive but I can't decide.

Shakespearian names are a bit confusing at times. I gave up on learning the names last night and just referred to characters by descriptors.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 4:05 am on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I was about to ask you what the book cost but I see you've got a poll for that, lol.
bratty_jedi at 1:42 am on 06 November 2007 (UTC) (Link)
You helped me solve book problem?


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