Final syllabus is drafted! Not finalized and I'm leaving it a bit open so as to be able to add more readings etc. later on. However, I'm a firm believer in syllabus as contract so I have all the assessments hashed out and grade weighting determined. Details of assignments, etc. can be put off for a few days.
I also found out I'm only going to be teaching 2 courses instead of my usual three--unfortunately I lose one of my favorite classes to teach, but on the plus side am keeping "my old standby" which I've taught so many times I can answer questions weeks before they are asked. :-) And I'm still teaching the 'new prep' as well. My course reduction is a result of someone else's course not making and a shift in the schedule. I guess my dept. chair likes me well enough and recognizes I do my share of committee work (I'm on a super important one right now) and I'm also finishing the diss and job hunting. So it's not like I'll really get to enjoy the 'extra' time.
A successfull run through of my research presentation for my upcoming interview resulted in a few changes and tweeks. Going to give a practice presentation tomorrow to a couple of friends and then move on to a larger audience on Monday. So far...it's coming along. I've only wished about 20 times that I would have something simple like a 't test ' to present. :-) No! I had to do somehting fancy in my dissertation--I never considered the fact I would have to present this complicated monster to strangers in hopes of getting a job! Actually, I think it will be fine and hopefully my "natural teacher" inside will come out and help me break it down so a highly intellegent non stat nerd can understand my analysis.