“Yesterday, the first day of vacation, I worked on classes, met with students, and worked on classes again. I finished some more pieces of the departmental website and felt greatly relieved.
“Today I am reading articles. Several students will take the foreign language reading examination. Each must have an article with no English abstract or translation, and that fits their interests.
“I am taking this as a chance to read.”
That was what I said before falling apart from exhaustion — a place where I stayed for a month because I did not think I could afford to rest. It was not pleasant, although I could have just declared vacation and should have done.