If you're a teacher then you can fully appreciate the following statement: I am all caught up with my grading, and have my grades entered in the proper grading program. Yippee!
Even though I only have 40 students--which is nearly the size of just one classroom for some teachers--I don't allow myself nearly enough time to get the grading done (approximately 15 minutes, two days a week). Fortunately, since I teach speech then a lot of the grading is done in class as they give their speeches. However, I still manage to plague them with a few paper assignments. This week, I'm having individual conferences with students to discuss their grade and final speech project, so it is imperative that I actually have their grade handy. The paper work isn't what I get behind on; it's the pages and pages of emails that I receive on a daily basis. Most of my students email me their assignments (which I encourage because I'm all about saving paper), which works in theory but it actually takes more time to grade than a real honest-to-goodness sheet of paper.
Thanks to Jason, though, I had a few hours of uninterrupted time (or as uninterrupted as time gets with two kids in the house) and now I'm good to go for the rest of the semester. Which, incidentally, ends in three weeks. I'd rejoice, but I really love my classes and love teaching. It's so much easier than anything else I do in my real life.
And speaking of homework, in a couple weeks some of my real-life friends (who are also bloggers) are having a get-together. Part of my job is to complete this assignment. I'll gladly oblige since I don't have to grade it!
What is your motto?
A place for everything, and everything in its place. But maybe that's just because I spent the whole day organizing the coat closet/office.
What superhuman power would you most want to have?
I have to echo Becca's sentiment here: To be able to do things super fast.
What makes you laugh?
The better question is perhaps what doesn't make me laugh, since I laugh quite easily. But a few things: Sydney talking about how much she loves broccoli, Jules dancing, Jason's sarcasm, and The Office.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs (don't much care for cats and Jason is VERY allergic), but after Daisy isn't with us anymore then we'll be a pet-free household. The dirt drives me nuts.
Would you rather be a little smarter or sexier?
Well, since I'd really like to get my PhD at some point, I'm going to say smarter because I can always work-out and get in better shape, but my brain seems to be deteriorating a lightning quick pace.
What's one thing you'll never understand?
The NY Stock Exchange.
My life would be simpler if...?
...someone did my laundry. I'm at the point now where I would pay someone to do my laundry (and yes, I know there are businesses that do that but I'm sure they'd charge more than I'm willing to pay).
The big decision I'm currently wrestling with is...
...which designer/builder to choose to build our house. Do we go with a general contractor, and have someone else draw up our plans, or do we pick a designer who works closely with a builder? Questions to ponder.
Also...whether to go to bed now and have to get up early to write a review, or stay up late and write the review now. Hmm...I think I'm going to bed.