First off a belated happy birthday to comova.
I haven't been on LJ much lately and it will be even quieter in the upcoming days for I found out on Firday that I was summoned to mark Baccalauréat papers for the September session (it's for students who were too ill in June to attend their final exam). I have to retrieve the papers on Tuesday afternoon in the suburb, and will hand them back on the 25th. So I'll have only 6 days to mark them...while going about my usual work in school. Marking Bac' papers beside teaching is a crazy thing...
I am not released from my teaching duty during that marking but I'll have to attend the jury on the 1st of October so I will miss classes then. And on the 4th there will be oral exams for those who nearly failed.
It's a pain in the ass, screwing up with my plans. Not only did I schedule tests for my students this week but I also intended to go back to the library on Tuesday afternoons and to do some thesis writing at home on Thursdays. But with this Bac' marking surprise I have to postpone the tests, and I can't work on my thesis until the whole thing is over.
When I saw the note on Friday I think my face turned green, honest. And later I had a difficult group to teach in the afternoon so I was pretty wrecked in the evening.
On the upside, I received Tom McRae's CD so now I can enjoy listening to his new album, From The Lowlands
, on the stereo, which is always much better than listening on the computer or on the ipod. It's a lovely album; Tom's best since All Maps Welcome
, although very melancholy and dark.
And I went to the movies and saw Killer Joe
which was a lot of fun (in a dark and twisted way).
Also, I'm VERY pleased with John Edward Williams. I'm so glad that Daniel Mendelshon recommended Augustus
on twitter and that herself_nyc
told me to read Stoner
too. When I finished Augustus
I wanted to start reading it again (yeah it's that good!), and earlier today I read the first chapter of Stoner
in my bath – I have to say that kindle makes reading in the bath quite easy!– and was already under the spell.
That's about it. Tomorrow I have a big day of teaching ahead (from 9 am to 6.30 pm) and I'm not sure that I'll get to see Copper
and Boardwalk Empire
in the evening.
Think of me while I'm in Marking Hell!