head of department, day 4

Teaching: 39%, admin 58%, research 3%, total work time 10 hrs 20 mins (v.g., can leave early tomorrow), number of times checked blog to see if new comments 39 (pathetic), posts or comments written before this 0, boyfriends 1 (v.g.), number of times almost deleted comment from boyfriend 38 (understandable).

8.30 a.m. Remember email from yesterday. Dean requests pleasure of company. With director of humanities faculty. Signed, Vigdis. Do I call dean by her first name? Anti-feminist to call dean Vigdis and director by last name just because male? Decide to call both by first name as proof of equal rights.
8.31 a.m. Check blog. Boyfriend left awful comment! Said was boring! But hot! How dare he!? Does he think of me as empty-headed fool?
8.57 a.m. Realise would be worse if boyfriend didn’t think was hot. But still! Consider ringing him and complaining but decide to be self-assured mature woman instead.
9.45 a.m. V. pleased with boots, skirt and black top. Think will project image of self as self-assured, professional leader. Except hair is wet. And skirt is wrinkled. Will just iron skirt. And add lipstick.
9.52 a.m. Or are boots not power-dressing?
10.16 a.m. Hurrah! Only one minute late for class! Students lovely! Only one student complained at creative writing assignment!
12.15 p.m. Outside faculty director’s office. Realise despite first-name basis I don’t know what dean or director looks like. People everywhere and I don’t know who to smile at.
2.15 p.m. Never had to use their names at all! V. fortunate. Also, when asked whether compensation for increased admin possible, dean said am head of department, can decide that heads of department teach less! Hurrah!
2.27 p.m. Oh, though. Department has to offer six courses next semester and is short of two positions and has limited budget for hiring other teachers. Who would teach instead of self?
6 p.m. Home again. Decide not to talk to boyfriend.
6.01 p.m. Check blog in case he left new comment.
6.04 p.m. Check his blog to find out what he’s doing and whether he still loves me without having to talk with him but is still weeks since he posted anything. Hasn’t even commented on group blog is on.
6.07 p.m. How to talk with him when am not talking with him? Want him to make it up to me! Realise he may not know was upset by hot comment but want telepathy.
10.32 p.m. Hurrah! Boyfriend wonderful! Loves mind as well! Respects my personality! Says will be very good head of department! Was disappointed hadn’t blogged percentages today, had been looking forward to them! Is meeting me in Paris in a fortnight! Hurrah!

03. February 2005 by Jill

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