I hope to post something with actual content this weekend. For the moment, more random updates on my life...
I had a doctor's appointment yesterday, way out at the Big Hospital. I even called my own doctor's office (who'd made the appointment) to confirm the time/date. But when I get there, they tell me that they have the appointment written down for... October 11. Now how does that happen??
However, while I was waiting for them to figure out that I wasn't supposed to be there, I was reading some material for class, and the woman next to me asked me what I was studying. I told her it was material for a class I was teaching, and she said, "Are you a grad student?" I said, "No, I'm a professor at [my school]." Her response: "You're a professor?" So I guess it's kind of nice to know that I either still look young enough, or at least not geeky enough, that I don't look like the stereotypical professor.
My students are having interestingly diverse reactions to Important Medieval Philosopher Who Weighed 300+ lbs When He Died. Many have the reaction that I always have to first reading this guy: Huh? They're confused; they don't understand. (Believe me, I sympathize!) Others, however, are glad to read him because they feel that "at least he's talking about something important, rather than about holing up in a community and praying." (The stuff we read prior to this guy was all about religion/religious figures.) Either way, however, they seem more connected to the material than I'd expected. (Probably because IMP isn't my favorite subject by ANY means, so I project my disinterest onto them.) Even when big chunks of class entail me dissecting/translating IMP's arguments for them, many of them are right there with me, following along. So I think overall, it's good.
Third-year review requirements loom on the horizon. Interestingly, however, I see no indication anywhere that I actually have to write up some kind of statement/summary of my career to this point. I choose names to submit for people to evaluate me, I get observed in my teaching (quite a lot, I believe!), and a bunch of people write about me, but I just can't find anything that says that I write anything. This seems very odd to me, so I'm going to confirm it with my chair. Frankly, I'd almost like the chance to say something on my own behalf, but I'm not about to try to change the system.
Okay, time to start the day. I teach today, I have a meeting and a talk to attend, and I'm planning to spend 30 minutes on my current chapter - wish me luck. Enjoy your Friday, everyone!
*This is what you get when you're too lazy even to use bullet-points.