MONDAY: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL--Spring 2013! Dear Brain/Body: You are 45 years old. You have been doing first days of school since you were 3, when you went to nursery school. It's cute but also a little concerning that you still tend to wake up at 4 AM thinking "Is it time yet?!" Luckily, I managed to fall back to sleep. 6:30--Got up for real. Discovered the college has a 2 hour delay and will open at 10. Child's school will open at 9:20. Sweet. That still works. 9:20--Drop off Child. 9:30--Arrive at campus. Parking lot is so empty that I wonder if there was a subsequent e-mail that I missed saying "J/K about that 10 AM start." I also wondered if anyone had told Buildings and Grounds about this 10 AM opening thing, with first classes at 10:20. Campus walkways are a sheet of ice. Icy rain is still coming down, so I have an umbrella in one hand and a lunchbox in the other, and I realize it is going to be hard to break my fall if I do slip. Luckily, I stay upright. Unfortunately, at least two other faculty in my building were not so lucky. 10:20--Great Works II. First day goes pretty well, from what I can tell. Lunch and a trip to the library, which goes better than initial trip in. 12:40--Senior Seminar. Small class with six students. At end, one student asks how the Senior Seminar essay compares to grad school essays, because he is thinking of applying. I have an off-the-cuff chat with class about why you should not get an MA in English, but would be better off going in a field like Marketing, Public Relations, Educational Administration, Library Science, Publishing. 2:15-3:15--Office hours. Attempt to solve one young woman's problem about her sophomore seminar. Call Registrar's Office. No answer. Leave message. No call back as of 10 PM last night. Huh. While I was in my 12:40 class, the official memo went out to faculty: I am the new FYS Director, and three colleagues--1 each from the Communication, Psychology, and Philosophy departments--will be co-coordinators of the Sophomore Interdisciplinary Seminar. I get people stopping by saying congratulations. I also post the news on FB and get lots of "Likes" and positive comments. It esp warms my heart to see so many alumni of the class liking the news and saying sweet things. <3 A little work on notes for evening class. 3:45ish--Home. Rest and read Stephen Greenblatt's Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. 7:30-10--Grad class: The Modern World. Class is really small at 7 students...but I think it goes reasonably well! Given that I had no sense of what these students already knew or what the preceding course, The Ancient World, was like, this was a relief. Home. Decompress/hang out on FB. Bed.