So today I:
- Got up at 8
- Was in the office at 8:45; made a quiz, updated course websites, and made lesson plans
- Taught from 10:20 to 12:30
- Went to lunch until 1:30 — spending $14; this was because of tipping but technically a fancy lunch, which is what I had, only costs $2 more than a bad lunch, which is very interesting (yes, I will soon be eating at home, but I am still in travel mode)
- Shopped for a bicycle until 2:00
- Went through 5 weeks’ worth of mail until 3:00, and considered the bicycle issue, paid bills and balanced checkbook until 4:00. Decided I will in fact buy the Dynamic Bicycles Sidekick 8 if I buy a new bicycle, but I will buy it in cash. In the meantime I will continue to look for used bicycles.
- At 4, called someone and arranged house cleaning. No, I probably should not be paying someone to do this, but I did it because this person is recommended. I am a bed and breakfast, after all, and the departmental hostess, and should therefore remember that this is a business expense. (Perhaps I should go Republican, get lifting facials, and call those a business expense.) Next, called to order contact lenses (another thing a Republican would probably deduct from their income tax as a business expense, if they did not have enough medical deductions to put it there). Then, called someone on paint and carpentry; then updated class websites.
- At 5:30, changed clothes and went out. Much later, washed dishes, continued to unpack and organize; read blogs.
All of this adds to a day in which not a great deal of work was done — all of it was teaching related and I only spent four hours on that — and I did not even work out — but I felt so efficient and active somehow. There was no unoccupied moment.
What is the meaning of this? For one thing, it is interesting to see that it will be possible to spend just a little more time working on classes outside of class than inside; I am guessing 4 hours and 20 minutes every day, with an hour and a half extra on Wednesdays; that makes 23 hours and 10 minutes plus some grading and other time; let us call it 27 hours per week.
That is 104 total hours. If I am paid $3,000 I will make almost $30 an hour; $2,200 will mean I am being paid over $20 an hour, and $1,000 will still mean I am paid over minimum wage. The meaning of it is that THIS IS the summer class I should give, and I should give it to 30 students to make sure I am paid $3,000.
When you consider that I had already done preparation for this class ahead of time, you realize that at $1,000 I am about AT minimum wage; at $2,200 I am about AT $20 per hour, and at $3,000 I am probably about AT $25. And this is a particularly easy (non time consuming) course for me to give, as I am used to it and it agrees with me.