Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Marking's for the Birds, What I Wore . . .

 Last Thursday, I lugged home three sections of first-year papers, and then I spent the weekend marking as many as I could per day without utterly locking up parts of my body intended for movement.
 Then Monday evening, I taught the last class of the term and received another stack. I'm currently halfway through the total, excepting the inevitable stragglers, and have another 40-ish papers to grade. I can't resist giving far too much feedback on each paper, and can't manage many more than 10 or 12 a day. I move from my office desk to the kitchen table to my big leather club chair and, a recent innovation, to lean against the curve of my grand piano, standing to mark on its expansive lid. Standing seems a welcome corrective to the hamstring-shortening torture of chair-sitting.
 Just as I sense an end to the marking, though, I have to interrupt it to attend meetings. Faculty meetings, Department meetings, Faculty Association meetings, committee meetings, Aargh!

But we look for comfort around here at the Materfamilias abode, and I found some last week in the form of a new pair of Bedhead cotton flannel pjs. A local store has begun carrying these and while on the hunt for some retail therapy, I spied a Sale rack with a 40% markdown. And look at this Ornithological (the birds!) Christmas print (the red and green!) print. I love it, and I suspect Nola will delight in it as well.
So I'll be marking in cozy comfort and sporting a festively avian vibe. Tempted to wear these to some of my meetings this week, but I'll restrict them to marking-at-home use only.

What's keeping you sane, happy, and comfortable during December's gathering craziness? Any hints?

15 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE those! I love BedHead designs and have one of their cotton flannel bathrobes. They had a store open for a while not far from me (believe they are an LA based company) but it wasn't in an area with a lot of foot traffic, so didn't make it. But they do make Superior Sleepwear!

    I think I'd be so overwhelmed with that amount of marking and required feedback. You're probably smart to move around and shift locations/positions frequently during the process.

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  2. Is there anything better in this world than flannel pjs? Yours are very pretty.

    I admire you taking time to provide copious feedback on the papers. I had a few professors do that during college and I know I am better writer as a result.

    The holiday season is always crazy for us, but we enjoy the festivities and it doesn't last long, so we stay pretty sane and comfortable. For the most part :).

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  3. Gorgeous PJs!

    Right now, nothing is keeping me sane or comfortable, but I'm hanging onto the thought of flying off on holidays in five days time ... Only a miracle will get me through what has to be done by then. Your horror marking load makes me realise I'm not the only one :)

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  4. This is so funny, Mater, but I got the same pajammas for my birthday next week (the big 6-0) and they came in the mail today. I love the bird print and will enjoy them a lot. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  5. Why, I'm supposed to be grading RIGHT NOW. (And I'm wearing sweat pants with a big ole' hole in the crotch. You are MUCH more stylish!) Now, forgive me as I look for 10,000 other things to do online, instead.

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  6. Fun, comfortable pyjamas are a great way to mark in comfort.

    I always appreciated professors who made extensive remarks on papers - I learned a lot from them.

    You're getting it done and that's the important thing. I read somewhere that Winston Churchill did all his writing while standing at his elevated desk. So you're in good company at the piano.

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  7. Those pj's look ever so cozy...
    marking must be much easier when wearing them.
    I can see you with a mug of hot cocoa gazing out at the moonlight and stars at your picture window...

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  8. Pseu: I remember you telling me when I posted once before about Bedheads that you had a store nearby -- at the time, I thought that made a visit to LA an even better idea (although you'd still be the biggest attraction there!)
    Susan T: Sounds as if you have a sane approach -- it's good to remember that while the season can be intense, it is finite. Soon enough, we'll be quiet again and catching up on our winter's sleep.
    Tiffany: You too, eh? But at least with a holiday ahead -- where are you off to?
    Marguerite: Seriously? What a coincidence! Did you order them online? Or are you lucky enough (as am I) to have a local stockist?
    Anne @ FF: Yes, there's something about marking that brings out the procrastinator in us all . . .
    Lorrie: Me and Winston, I love it! I wonder if he was similarly protecting his back from cramping up.
    Lesley: In fact, with this cold spell settling in, I'm thinking hot cocoa would be perfect. . .

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  9. I love changing into a pair of fleece PJ bottoms when I get in. I even walk the dog in them, they are so comfy the moment they go on I relax a little and start to breathe again. I know what you mean about marking, I often stand up but even that can hurt after a while. I have to confess what keeps me going at the moment is the endless theatre trips!

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  10. I ordered directly from Bedhead's website. I'm sure someone in Houston carries the brand. Nevertheless, they will be wrapped under the tree!

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  11. Those are just adorable. I can imagine them playing a large role in grandmother mythology. My sister, whose husband is Jewish, wears a pair covered in bagels and coffee cups:).

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  12. What a cheery, comforting and entirely snuggly pair of pjs! Hope they drain some of the tedium from the task,

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  13. These pj's are so cozy and welcoming - now I don't want to go to work! Love the print. I hope you enjoy them, and the day ahead.

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  14. Awww! I love the birds!! Those are just lovely!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet comment! OXO Natalie

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  15. Alison: I've been known to stroll out in mine as well, under cover of darkness, of course.
    Marguerite: And as soon as you unwrap them, they're all yours to lounge in Christmas morning!
    Lisa: Nana mythology, I love it!
    Duchesse: Thanks, they're all that!
    Patti: It's true, they're much more conducive to lounging than working! But sometimes they let me do the latter while feeling as if I'm doing the former!
    Natalie: So sweet of you to return the visit, thanks!

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