We started real classes yesterday, though the faculty has been here since Tuesday, and the students since Thursday. The administration and student affairs folks have been keeping everyone busy, especially with student activities to which we've all been strongly encouraged to go. It's left less time for prep than I'd like, and no time (since last Wednesday) to go to town for some basics. (I want some cough lozenges to suck on, since my throat's itchy, for example.)
I have classes from midmorning today until afternoon, but with an hour between. It's great for prep, but not enough to go to town and get the lozenges. I THINK I may be able to go Thursday morning, but only if I'm caught up on everything and ready for classes.
It's really the Victorian course that's worrying me. I'm still reading background, worried about reading the novel, and so on. I'll be reading something contextual, and then wonder about some aspect and get sucked into Wikipedia re all the crazy European wars and parliamentary maneuverings, and an hour or two later, I'll look up, and I'll have a vague idea about the wars and parliamentary stuff, but not much more about the original context. Still, it's a fascinating period!
I feel far less ready, and far more discombobulated than usual at the beginning of the semester. I think I really, really need to organize my room so that I can keep class materials easily to hand.
Okay, I need to finish reading some Victorian context, then finish my Shakespeare prep for that course, print and make copies, and then go teach!