This is my second try. I don't know what happened but I just lost the complete text of my original Day 10 blog. Gotta try again, but now it's a chore. Forgive me.
It's 8:30. Just finished working. This week is as hectic as the last. Had a translation to audit. Then I started previewing my lessons for the winter session class. Broke for a light supper of simmered flounder, fried rice and chopped vegetable salad with balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette.
Was missing the audio files for my new winter session class, so had to fly around trying to get them after class. At home here, I had to try downloading the program so as to preview the lesson material. Hopefully, I'll look like I know what I'm doing tomorrow. A multimedia assistant has offered to assist me tomorrow. I'll have to call on him well before the class start time.
It's a beginner conversation English class. Twenty students are listed but only a dozen showed up. They appear to be a sweet and cheery bunch.
I have heard that this kind of class can be a pain to teach, but this group responded well and introduced themselves easily. Good start, except that I learned from the students that the class goes for one hour a day and not two hours as the coordinator who assigned me this class had repeatedly said since mid-November. Of course, I immediately had to start revising the syllabus just after giving it to them. I'll have to give them plenty of daily homework in order to make it worth their while and to get through a few units of the required textbook.
Had some unexpected but good news from supervisory staff. First, the department Chair invited me to lunch. We settled on meeting in mid-January after winter session because I work before and after lunchtime. Why the invitation? It's because I missed two staff luncheons this term because I was giving exams both times they were scheduled. When I informed the Chair that I wouldn't be able to go to the Christmas luncheon, I asked for a raincheck or a restaurant coupon. I'm looking forward to talking with him one-on-one outside the campus. He's a pleasant and intriguing person.
The other good news was a schedule change for Christmas Eve day and the 26th, what would be the Boxing Day holiday back home. I have to squeeze in a follow-up appointment with the neurologist and have a full medical exam done on the morning of the 26th, and I was wondering how I was going to fit it all in and get back to campus for an 11:00 a.m. class. I'm relieved that morning class with the civil servants are to be canceled on the 26th.
I stopped by the supermarket on the way home to buy some Christmas goodies for my students and me. I'm just going to show the movie, "A Christmas Carol" to the morning 2-hour class, and feed them some cookies and whatnot.
I've decided to stay home and enjoy some special treats on Christmas Day. I don't think I've ever done that before. I'm really looking forward to it. All work except for the blog shall be banned for the day. Socializing shall be restricted to phone calls and email messages and internet chats.
Actually this version of the Day 10 blog is probably better than the original. I think the first had some stupid details, probably because my brain has been in work mode this evening till now.