I’ve decided to hate Thursdays this semester

Mondays are just fine. I’ve had a weekend to prepare, I’m rested, all I’ve got on my plate is one lecture. The other days of the week…labs, labs, labs, lectures, etc. By Thursday, I’m dragging and worn out, and my schedule is such that it’s a relatively light day, but because it’s light, everyone crams all their meetings into it. So I’m worn thin and I get a lot of administrative work thrown at me (I’d rather teach, really).

So now Thursday will be my official Worst Day of the Week. Especially Thursdays on which an administrative meeting is scheduled for 7-8:30pm. That’s just uncivilized.


I should take a nap, but I can’t, because I’ve got a meeting scheduled.


  1. Brother Ogvorbis, Fully Defenestrated Emperor of Steam, Fire and Absurdity says

    But today is Tuesday, you calendarist oppressor!

    Which doesn’t make the day any better for you. My Thursdays are a day when no upper level management is in the park. And my boss spends the entire day hiding in his office. So I can get stuff done.

  2. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    Sunny Day
    Moan Day
    Taco Tuesday
    Hump Day
    SciFry Day
    Sadder Day

    Seems Thor’s Day lacks a nickname. Get on it Mjolnir!!!

  3. Brother Ogvorbis, Fully Defenestrated Emperor of Steam, Fire and Absurdity says

    slivey trove:

    Sunny Day
    Moan Day
    Taco Tuesday
    Hump Day
    Three-fer Thursday!
    SciFry Day
    Sadder Day

    Just a suggestion. Could be for music. Or sex. Or dessert. Or books. Or whatever. I like three-fer Thursdays.

  4. wzrd1 says

    That’s OK, I never did get the hang of Thursdays myself.
    As Thursday morning, 7:00 AM is my quitting time, I’m seriously confused.

    As for yesterday’s burst of intracranial flatulence, I apologize to one and all. I only ask in return, a box of cookies from PZ’s cat box.
    It was utterly uncalled for and my only excuse is, I’m an asshole at times and value my wife’s input to shove me out of the asshole lane. Utterly shitty day, wife inoperable until the insurance company grants her treatment, secondary issue, potentially lethal.
    I’ve faced many a danger in life, rarely, a danger to my most treasured part of my life and honestly, I have no idea how to handle that.

    Honestly, if I lose her, I’ll probably stop taking at least one of my primary medications and join her in oblivion.
    I’d have nobody to talk to openly, as she’s cleared for many things I’d speak of. And more importantly, I’d lose the voice of, ******* stop being an asshole!
    Alas, others have suffered for the sheer novelty and inability to rapidly adapt to online things, for over the telephone, you’d never know, nor in person.
    And, for my own failings, I apologize yet again.

  5. NitricAcid says

    Thursdays? Thursdays are great- one class, and it’s done by 1. It’s Tuesdays where I have to teach at the far-away campus until 9 pm. I have a light (for this college) workload this year. I like it.

  6. fusilier says

    Ummn, don’t you have tenure?

    Just show up and sleep with your eyes open. Say nothing, and you’ll be considered a sage.

    fusilier, who isn’t asked to be on committees any more
    James 2:24

  7. Sunday Afternoon says

    I’m a “professional meeting attender”, otherwise known as a manager in a hi-tech company. Today’s calendar has 9 meetings, each of an hour or more. Fortunately some are in parallel, so I can play the “must be in another meeting card” and get out of some of them. Occasionally I abuse this to my advantage and attend neither of the parallel meetings.

  8. Rich Woods says

    Don’t you have a contracted set of hours?

    7pm meetings, FFS! Is it by any chance regarding a subject which management don’t want faculty to know much about or to comment on?

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    “This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

    —Douglas Adams,
    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  10. Lofty says

    I like Thursdays. It’s the day I schedule as a day off in lieu of working Saturday mornings. One of the joys of being self employed is I get to ride my bike when everyone else is straining at the traces.

  11. Matrim says

    Thursdays are my Fridays (except when I’ve been wrangled into working Friday and Saturday, which happens far too often), so they’re not so bad to me.

  12. sonderval says

    7pm meetings?
    Let me guess: They are scheduled by people who are not single parents?

    “I see privileged people. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re privileged.”

  13. wzrd1 says

    @Sunday Afternoon #7, I used to have all kinds of meetings, from information sessions that update battalion, brigade and even company commanders through decision making meetings.
    I ended up sending subordinates to the information sessions, which gave me time for getting my administrative work done, thereby giving those subordinates professional development experience in the meetings and leaving me with only an 18 hour day.
    Alas, the decision making meetings couldn’t be avoided.

    Now, I only have 3 – 4 meetings per week, where we inform management on what we’re doing, incidents we’ve handled and we get to listen to management make indecisions.
    Decisions have to be attributable to some other manager, of course. All, Dilbert style, of course.