I forgot to mention that I am gamely steeling myself for the department chair tasks that occur, or continue to develop, in the spring–staffing the courses, arranging people’s workloads, processing honors and AP applications, and so forth. This week is the deadline for returning our contracts, so I’m expecting to have more clarity about who will actually be on staff next year and if anyone is going up or down in workload. This isn’t usually such a big factor, but with Lucinda and Viola wavering about returning, we have been in a wait-and-see situation. It’s also possible that someone will spring a big surprise on us. I hope not, though. As it is, I’m pretty sure we have to hire someone else. I hope we don’t have to hire two.