Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Today is the first teaching day of the semester for me. Our university system has a January term which spoils the non-J term teaching professors rotten. This is the first time I've ever taught a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. Also, Blokey and I joined the gym,* and since my first class starts at 12:25, I thought I'd take my nervous energy to our local Y this morning. Please excuse the wet hair and the post-exercise blotchiness (which I am rather proud of.) During that time, I took a print out of my class rosters to the treadmill and studies the names, in hopes this will help me learn them easier.
Afterwards, I fretted a bit about what to wear, because I want to be authoritative, but not scary, as evidently, I can be scary at times (assigning hard things to read=scary to some students).** I had on a blazer at one point, but Blokey said it was a "bit business-like" so I took it off. I can't explain it rationally, and I can't explain it rationally, but I think there is a line between "business woman" and "professor" that I don't want to cross. I don't know why I am reluctant to do so either.
Since it's storming across the country and soon to storm here, I am wearing my rain boots and changing into my officer shoes (boring 2 1/2 inch pumps with bows) when I get to school. Because nothing says "first day of class" like pumps.
Oh, and I successfully completed my major deadline last Saturday afternoon, mailed it off, and took a complete mental break the for the rest of the evening. It was pretty amazing.
Cardigan: Junior's section of Dillard's, years ago
Belt: Local vintage shop
Shoes: Mee Too
*I'm not a huge gym person. In fact, I actively dislike the gym, but the reduced daylight hours and questionable safety of running in a city with super impatient cars is making me readjust my preferences.
**I met up with old grad school friends over break, which I wrote about earlier. The dude, whose known me since day one of grad school, told me that I can be incredibly intimidating. But how come some of my students still try to intimidate me? Maybe it's just my cranky facial expressions.