This is fairly typical for my Mondays this semester.
6:30 a.m.: Get up. Print various files required for today that I was too tired to print last night by the time I finished prepping the classes.
7:00 a.m.: Feed cats. Dump dishwasher.
7:15 a.m.: Wake up E. Finish making his lunch. Pack backpack.
7:30 a.m.: Make sure E. is out of bed and getting dressed. Make his breakfast and my breakfast. Kiss Q. who is heading out early to get in a swim before work.
7:45 a.m.: Eat breakfast with E. Answer approximately forty-five billion unrelated questions. Wonder how E. manages to consume so much food while talking non-stop.
8:15 a.m.: Upstairs to brush teeth and find socks. Double check backpacks are ready to go. Wrestle E. into outdoor clothing.
8:35 a.m.: Leave house. Walk to school. Tell a story about Elmer the little red diesel engine with yellow stripes while giving drivers the stink eye when they come into stop signs too quickly.
8:50 a.m.: Wave cheerfully at E. as he heads into school, even if he is weeping. Walk at high speed to the subway. Be passed by many pedestrians. Realize high speed is no longer all that fast.
9:45 a.m.: Arrive at first university campus. Photocopy test for evening class. Notice random printout in photocopier room of application for conference travel fund. Notice deadlines do not correspond conveniently with conference in May. Realize only possible deadline is probably tomorrow. Fret.
9:55 a.m.: Set up in office. Await student who is supposed to write a make up exam.
10:02 a.m.: Wonder what has happened to student. Start correcting chapter solutions for language class that evening.
10:53 a.m.: Think about packing up as office hour is over at 11:00 a.m. and there is no sign of student. Have student turn up with a jumbled apology about it taking longer than usual to get to the campus.
12:15 p.m.: Student finishes exam. Pack up bag and leave to catch transport to second campus.
1:00 p.m.: Arrive at second campus. Realize am about to either attack passersby or cry from hunger. Buy ridiculously large platter of Indian food. Retreat to office.
1:15 p.m.: Inhale Indian food while also making PowerPoint presentation for lecture that afternoon. Text from labmonkey: Dad is in surgery getting a pacemaker. Try not to worry.
2:15 p.m.: Finish PowerPoint presentation. Call to book taxi for that evening. Call to reschedule E.’s dental appointment. Take a minute to check email.
2:20 p.m.: Write to supervisor to tell him good news about postdoc.
2:22 p.m.: Have knock on office door. It is supervisor, excited about the email. Accept congratulations. Leave office door open because am now on official office hours.
2:30 p.m.: Answer emails from students regarding upcoming assessment. No students come to office hours.
3:00 p.m.: Have spare moments. Check exam schedule for April. Email sisters to try to coordinate who can travel when in April. Suggest options. Bombard sisters with emails because have a few free moments to think about all the things on the to-do list.
3:40 p.m.: Pack up backpack. Leave office.
4:00 p.m.: Start lecture.
5:10 p.m.: Finish lecture. Shut down technology, field questions from students, put on boots. Walk briskly down to where the taxi should be.
5:17 p.m.: Get in taxi. Text labmonkey to see if Dad is out of surgery. He is and it went well. Text with labmonkey to get update about Dad generally while in taxi. Argue with driver about route. Win argument.
5:58 p.m.: Arrive back at first university campus. Pay driver. Eat snack and use washroom.
6:05 p.m.: Start teaching class.
8:45 p.m.: End class. Shut down technology, field questions from students, put on boots. Walk briskly out to bus stop.
8:51 p.m.: Catch earlier bus. Send triumphant text to Q. Eat apple. Finish book.
9:40 p.m.: Arrive home. Turn on computer and look up conference travel fund application. Confirm that cannot apply for funding once conference has happened. Realize will have to get up tomorrow morning and complete application. Q. offers to drop it off, saving the trip to campus. Reminded again why he is so wonderful.
10:00 p.m.: Go to bed. Set alarm for 6:00 a.m. Snuggle with Q. Try to ignore baby dance party in uterus. Sleep.