Alright, here we go.
You may have noticed that I took a break last week. This was inspired by the fact that it was, in fact, Spring Break for us Jumbos.
This is the problem with “breaks”: all they mean is that I don’t actually have to go onto campus. Even though I didn’t have class, I was still working every day. I was still struggling to unbury from the assortment of projects which managed to pile up on my desk. I was still getting caught up on all of the work I had shoved to the side to get through Twelfth Night.
So, as a conceit to the fact that even I need to slow down now and again, I took a break from the blog. I took a break from my diet and exercise regime. I took a single day off. And then hit the ground running.
And it worked! I woke up this morning on top of my projects (as on top of them as I can possibly be at the moment), ready to hit the world hard, and on the whole refreshed and raring to go.
The rest of the semester is jam-packed with projects: I have a lecture to give this
week, a conference next week, a paper to submit as soon as possible, my German exam the week after next, an in-class project/lecture thing the week after that, then a final paper due two weeks from then. Basically it’s going to be a tough pace, but so long as I can maintain it I will be fine. And the good news is that, right now, the only thing on my desk is work. I have no outside projects to distract me from putting this semester to bed and, with it, the coursework for my PhD and all of my qualifying exams before my Comps!
…talk about a feat. Let me take a moment so as not to hyperventilate.
Today I’m right back in the thick of the action with meetings, class, a library trip, and an evening to review my spoils. I would normally say “bring it, semester!” but I don’t really want to encourage any monkey business. Things are going to be difficult enough without antagonizing the gods of academia. So instead, I will say this: I’m ready. Let’s do this. Gently, though. I’d really like to keep my sanity intact as much as humanly possible.