This is the first week of classes this semester. My teaching load was originally scheduled as 23 hours a week for the semester. That was a bit much and the hours were packed into most afternoons. However, it turns out that one class is canceled due to lack of enrollment. As well, it turns out that two of the remaining classes are small with few students, therefore lightening the load. In fact, these two are not to be graded in the usual manner because of the small number of students in each; rather, one group will be simply assessed as pass or fail, while another may be allowed absolute grading. That is to say that a full load of testing and assignments will not be necessary, which means that my marking and grading tasks shall be simpler and easier. Good.
Another good thing: I gave away my bike. The guy who took it got back to me saying he felt guilty about paying nothing for it. It is an old, heavy and roughly made bike, so it's value on the market is low. I have had it a long time and paid a minimal price for it when I acquired it, so I was content to just give it away. The person who took it is fully employed in a profession but comes from a poor country. I was happy to help. However, he offered to either give me a token amount of cash or make a donation on my behalf to the charity of my choosing in exchange for getting this bike. I opted to request he make a small donation to Heifer International to buy a brood of chicks for a needy family in Bangladesh. He'll do that, he says. Good.
I have also had takers for an old stereo set, used binders and a table. My room is thus getting cleared out early for my big move next year. Good.
I was called upon to have a biannual medical check-up. Our employer has a team come to campus once every September with the purpose of carrying out the general physical check-ups. They entail urine samples, eye and hear ability tests, blood pressure and pulse rates, height and weight measurements, consultations, and a chest x-ray. It was time for me to under go one. Having been eating very well and carefully, lately, I feel that I will get the best results yet from a general physical check-up. Good.
A former student invited me to lunch out. We are meeting tomorrow. This is an elderly person who had been enrolled full-time as an English major. It was too much, as most profs would not give her any slack, so she gave up. Not good. However, she wants me to tutor her. Good.