They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

Whew -- Made It This Time

A year ago tomorrow I gave my second Final Exam for Spring 2013. Or mostly did. I had gotten what I thought was the late flu from my students, the one that the Fall 2012 flu shot didn't really protect against. I was running a fever and felt totally wasted. "Weak as a kitten," was a phrase I repeated to people.

I called in from the road, explaining that I was running late and had to use the bathroom as soon as I got in -- I had been pushing fluids -- and could someone start the exam for me.

When I finally got there, my department chair and the secretary were proctoring the exam. My boss took one look at me and told me to go home. I told him that I needed to do about an hour's work so that someone could handle the Check-Out form duties -- I always do a Check-Out before they leave to make sure that a missing paper really is a missing paper, while there is time to print up a new copy, etc. No surprises.

So after an hour, I trudged up out of the lecture hall in 1110 Rood, barely, and made it to my office where I puttered a few more hours. Who knew it would be 237 days until I was back in my office on campus?

And now we're starting up the long line of one year anniversaries.

Today the weather was pleasant, heading up to a high of like 54°F, but the sunny drive was in the forties. I made it to campus by 9:30, picked up my exams, came to my office, put my HP Mini 1000 in its little case, loaded up the cookies -- it's Finals so we get name brand cookies *** -- and was over to open up 1110 Rood in plenty of time for the 10:15 start time. 91 students, everyone done by 12:15, one way or the other. ****

Back to my office. All without thinking I would pass out. (grin)

What a difference a year makes.

Now it's all over for the semester. Except for the grading. Except for the screaming.

Okay, so one week to go before grades submitted Tuesday 29 April 2014 -- and then I am free until September.

I am going to make up for that dastardly Year Without A Summer, I assure you. Even with two canes and a walker and a foot brace!

Dr. Phil

*** For the record there were real Oreos, Peanut Butter Oreos, Triple Double Oreos -- three cookies, two fillings, one of white and one of chocolate -- we never did find the Megastuf Oreos with twice the filling of a Doublestuf -- and a rerun of this year's most popular cookies, the almond Windmill cookies.

**** Meanwhile, despite all the work I have to do and the story I've been working on, naturally yesterday I came up with a nearly fully fledged story idea, so I started writing that while the students worked on their final exam.

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