Wednesday, January 28, 2009


It's been a long week. It's only Wednesday!

This week's Illustration Friday theme is climbing.
Here is a sketch of me climbing to the top of my procrastinated assignments-to-grade. Today. First semester grades being due tomorrow.

I haven't had the best semester of my career. Nothing ever seemed to come together. My students didn't seem to retain anything. I experienced way more resistance to learning than ever before. And I just got tired and didn't feel like grading anything. So a few things were put off. And put off....

I was home sick two days last week. You'd think I'd just knock out that stack in between bouts of coughing up a lung, but bleah. Who wants to grade when snuggled in bed with the "quit coughing on my fur" buddies?

So today, our one-day break between semesters, this was me:
Climbing the stack of ungraded papers. And conquer I did.


Larry Lee said...

I can relate to this.
The top ten reasons to procrastinate:

joseph's art and stuff said...

Great illustration, and way to conquer! I was also sick for most of last week, glad you're better!

Xovika said...

scary :S

Coreopsis said...

Oh man! That's exactly what it feels like! Right now I'm down to less than and inch of stuff to grade--usually it's more like your illustration depicts.

Focus_ret said...

Before I retired, I loved teaching. But I hsted grading papers. So your illustration really recaptures the feeling for me.
Oh, how wonderful retirement is! No papers to grade, I can sleep late, and I can go to the bathroom whenever I want!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I can relate! My first year teaching, on June 10 there were papers stacked on the window sill next to my desk that had been there since September 7. And let us not forget the time a relative had his car stolen just at the end of the first semester. The trunk was filled with ungraded papers--what an excuse! So much better than the dog ate my homework or my grandmother died.

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

Nice illustration! And thanks for stopping by.