There was a break. Glorious break!
I went to visit my sibling's family. After a three hour drive, I got there before half-time of the first game on Thanksgiving, and watched a bit of the game. Then I borrowed a chair in the home office and graded. I started with 23 papers to grade, and graded away because I wasn't interested in football, but the others either were watching football or doing other stuff off alone.
I graded through the second game. And then we had dinner, and chatted together, and it was good food, good company, good conversation.
We cleared up.
The third game started, and I watched a bit, and then went to bed.
Day two, I got up, had some coffee. Then I graded, because the others were either sleeping or doing their own thing.
I finished all my grading. I'm that boring. Or something. But it was better than shopping or watching yet more football stuffs. In the evening, I drove three hours to get home.
So, basically, I drove six hours for an hour meal and some conversation. I could have graded at home, but I was MUCH more efficient when I was avoiding football.
I DID introduce my niece to Jane the Virgin, and we did chat, which was lovely.
And now we're back at it. Papers are being written (I hope); endless questionnaires are being sent out (why, oh why, now?).
My students have nothing, nothing at all to say about Persepolis. Grrrr.