The first day of classes! Well, sort of. Two of the online classes I'm teaching start today. Another one starts Monday, and then two 10-week accelerated courses start on September 2nd. But that's entirely beside the point: It's the first day of school!
Today begins my sixth year of teaching. SO HARD TO BELIEVE! I still get girgly and excited every semester to have a new group of students, and this semester is particularly unique since all of my courses are online. It's extremely strange knowing that I'll never meet face to face with these folks; it's not just because they don't have to come see me, they can't come see me. Texas and North Carolina are a wee tad far apart for an appointment! Weird. Supremely weird.
Since today is day one, it's a lot of cat herding. The e-mails look a little something like this:
Distance Ed. Director: "Did you get So-and-So Smith's orientation packet?"
Me: Nope! Closest thing to So-and-So A. Smith was So-and-So J. Smith."
Distance Ed. Director: "Okay, here's the correct one."
Me: But which course is So-and-So A. Smith in?
Distance Ed. Director: "43"
Unknown Third Party: "Oh, Ms. Miller, by the way, we messed up so you have lots of e-mails you were supposed to get yesterday coming your way."
...FLOOD OF E-MAIL ENSUES...
And the beat goes on. None of these people really exist. They're all floating around out there in the ether.
Since a tasty IHOP breakfast with Susan this morning, I've been sitting at the kitchen table looking out at the rain (in Texas, in August!), hitting "refresh" on my e-mail, and sporadically reading The Solitary Vice. It looks like it might stick, although I have a few qualms with the book. All-in-all, a good day! It's exciting to be back to work, and it's nice to be working in my pajamas--even if my ass is asleep.
Next week: the grad school madness begins.