Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Back to Real Life

My jury duty service is over.  I sat on two panels and was selected for neither jury.  I confessed to having a bias in the first case and I perhaps appeared too "emotional and sensitive" for the second one--a domestic violence that I was especially relieved to get out of.  Who wants to sit there and listen to that?

Baby Duck did not get me out of jury duty, but she did win me sympathy from fellow jurors who always let me cut to the front of the line for the bathroom, and from the bailiff, who's wife is also pregnant.

Baby Duck is moving like crazy these days, so that kept me entertained during the long hours of sitting in the courtroom.  I wanted to point out to someone else that my entire abdomen was lurching, but it didn't quite seem appropriate.

Now?  Back to real life.  I got home from the courts at 5:15pm last night, David and I walked to the local elementary school to vote, and then I graded papers All.  Night.  Long.  It had to be done, and I'm glad it's over, but mercy.  I didn't get to bed until almost midnight.

I still have 30 more essays to grade, but they are much shorter and easier than the 84 I plowed through from Saturday morning until last night (yes, I am serious; no, I don't know whose brilliant idea it was to give my students these assignments or why they keep dutifully handing things in to me).

Anyway, I may try to give a fuller report on the full jury duty experience if I get through more of this grading.  I want to have it all finished by Friday afternoon, and I'm rewarding myself with a prenatal massage!  Seriously, I think I've earned it this week.


  1. You do deserve it!! Holy cow that's a lot of grading. I have two weeks worth of lab reports waiting for me but they won't take more than a few hours so I'm in full procrastination mode. Which is about to get a lot less fun because I have to hand them back tomorrow afternoon.

  2. That sounds like no fun! I cannot wait to see you in a couple of weeks.