||[Jan. 6th, 2011|09:59 pm]
A week into winter quarter: already overwhelmed.
On the bright side, I am pleasantly surprised that I'm enjoying the level I'm teaching right now (Spanish 104) and that at least one of my two classes is going to be awesome.
Teaching is time-consuming, as always, though, even with colleagues' materials from the level as a starting point. But my students are awesome, and the class has been going quite well.
I'm taking a Spanish dialectology class that's going to be ton of work, but I think the work is worth it. I'm pretty sure I'm going to learn a lot and come out of the class pleased.
My other class is a psycholinguistics (language acquisition) class - the last class I need for my MA. It, too, is going to be a lot of work, but I don't think I'll come out of the class feeling like it was worthwhile. On the other hand, it won't be nearly as boring as either of my two classes were last quarter, so that's positive.
I have my first paying translation gig, which is kinda exciting. I'm working on a couple of documents (psychology articles/dissertations) for a Ph.D student working in Special Ed., translating from Portuguese to English. Next time, I'll have to up my rates (but I felt bad because... Ph.D students aren't known for being wealthy and this job is already upwards of a thousand bucks), but for now it's some extra cash which is definitely welcome after the holidays. It's one more thing on my plate (but that I'm relatively good at), but, even though I've been very busy, I don't feel like I'm totally drowning in work just yet.
I never did make a proper a New Year's post, so this will have to suffice. 2010 was both awesome and terrible, and I hope 2011 is a little more calm. Last year, I grew up a lot in terms of what I had to deal with, how I dealt with it, and what I learned from it. I don't really relish the thought of being an adult and all the responsibilities that come with it, but here I am in full adulthood.
Birthday coming up, feeling a little old. And yet, I know I'm not. I also know that I generally have been getting happier-with myself, with my situation-every year, so I'm content with adding a year.