Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Am

... a total pushover.

I accepted a nomination to chair this committee. The alternatives seemed, well, one person would have done a good job but is already chairing a major thingy or two. Another would have, but is junior and shouldn't be exposed. The other two, well, I wouldn't really want either chairing a committee to take out the garbage.

... in deep trouble.

Tomorrow, I'm teaching a text I've never taught before, or even actually finished reading. I'm almost finished, but that doesn't mean I feel adequate about teaching it. I had a good reason for choosing it, but now that it's hear, I'm not feeling any too good about things.

Sometimes, my blog gets hits from people doing searches for "how to teach [some text]." I can guarantee, I'd get no hits at all if I did a search on this text. It's not that it's a bad text, either.

... irritated at a colleague and none too happy.


  1. Good luck with the text! ...and with the aggravating colleague.

  2. Yeah, I felt the same way about teaching King Lear. I hadn't read it for several years, had only watched the McKellen version in March, and had to race through it when I did have time to read it. How could I possibly make anything interesting out of skimming it? Fortunately, it worked out. But I have a feeling you're teaching something FAR more obscure. I'm sorry. It's one of those oh-god-why-did-I-do-this-to-myself moments. I have those a lot. Good luck!