Actually, the papers aren't that bad this time around. They seem to have possibly learned something about argumentation. If I can just teach them a little about style in the last few weeks, then I'll be well content.
I wonder if you can build up a critical amount of caffeine in your system so that you're always buzzed? I had five cups of tea yesterday, over the course of the day. I made them pretty strong, too. I went to bed close to 1 a.m., and woke up at 5 -- and I feel wide awake (though my body is definitely tired). I'm brewing another cup now. Maybe if I keep drinking tea every two hours or so, I'll make it through the day. (Plan for this evening: watch a movie with Susan. Fall asleep, ideally after the movie ends.)
I think I was not at all clear about the paperwhites yesterday. Let me back up and tell you what the nice garden store people told me about bulbs:
- Bulbs are easy. To plant outdoors, wait until it's cold out, dig a hole twice as deep as the bulbs are wide, drop 'em in, cover the hole with dirt. The bulb holds all the nutrients it needs, so ignore until spring, when you will have a beautiful harvest of daffodils, jonquils, tulips, irises (my favorites of the bulbs), etc.
- You can 'force' bulbs to grow indoors during the winter by giving them a fake freeze in your fridge. I need to get the details of this, since I wasn't paying much attention when she talked about it 'cause I wasn't planning to do it.
- Paperwhites are amazing because they don't need to be forced at all. You just stick 'em in a glass and watch them grow. Tall green stems with delicate clusters of white flowers at the top. Lovely.
Okay, that's my garden rant for today. Anyone can try this, though, even if they have no outside garden space at all -- you just need a bulb, a glass, some small rocks, and a spot that gets a little sun. I'm all excited about bulbs now, and I really may try this forcing thing. It would be lovely to have irises indoors.
Back to grading. Meep.