Back on the job, kinda

Mono or not, I started teaching my summer grad course this week. Because the Journalism Department this year doubled the number of graduate diploma students from 20 to 40, I get to teach two sections.

I’ll be in school Mondays and Thursdays, teaching a morning and afternoon class each of those days for seven weeks. This past Monday and Tuesday, I started with one-hour orientation sessions. It was a good test of my stamina.

I managed the teaching well enough, although I’m not as good a teacher as when healthy. I don’t have the same energy and I zoned out once or twice more than I usually would. Nevertheless, I was effective and I didn’t give any of my students mono as far as I know.

The ill effects of teaching came after class. Monday, I got home about 4:30 and promptly slept for four hours. I woke up and ate and went back to bed but couldn’t fall asleep again until 3:00 a.m. Mono and insomnia do not a fun combination make.

The sunlight pouring through our bedroom skylight and hoodlum birds singing at dawn woke me at 5:30 Tuesday morning. I couldn’t fall asleep again but I still managed my 2:30 p.m. orientation session and I slept off the accumulated debt on coming home and feeding the kids while Elvi was out at her choir practice. I slept from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, 2:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. (damned birds), and 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. I’m back to feeling regular mono-tired today, which is manageable. Heck, I’m writing this. It’s functional and so am I, if not at the top of my game.

I’d like to write about what I deemed the best and worst of last week’s E3 with respect to gaming, but that requires too much thought. It’ll have to wait.

Bonus good news, everyone:

“Futurama” is coming back with more. Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes to air beginning in 2010.

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