I spent today thinking that if I just stay cheerful and pretend the huge mountain of things I need to do is only a little bit, then I can get through the week without melting down. I am also pretending that I am very organized and everything is all set for Physics Olympics on Saturday.
In reality, it mostly is all set. I have the custodial staff all informed and ready to set things up and unlock doors, I have a photographer coming in (a hobbyist friend who happens to have some free time and who is interested, thank you very much you know who you are!), a bunch of kids volunteering to make and put up signs (well, volunteering for extra credit, that is), and I am not actually running any of the events. I have to record the scores and provide some of the problem-solving problems, but I am not actually running individual contests, just the overall logistics.
But I haven’t written my problem-solving problems, I have a large grading backlog, and next week I’m giving quarterly exams. But I will still smile, because everything is all right, and the world won’t end and people will cope if somehow things aren’t perfect. Thank you anti-anxiety meds!
In the meantime, here are some cool things I saw on blogs in my hour of down-time on the computer between coming home and dinnertime:
- Swans on Tea linked to this cool YouTube video of a Rube Goldberg machine used as an advertisement (much different from Honda’s “cog” ad, this one is more traditional Rube Goldberg and less like The Way Things Go (see this post).
- Swans on Tea also linked to this chart of salary levels at Universities.
- Joanna provided this festive yet tasteful Periodic Table of the Elephants.
I’ll report on Physics Olympics sometime after Saturday…don’t hold your breath because I will still be really busy afterward!