In Australia, we finish teaching around the end of October. And that's when it really starts to get busy.
The marking (though I'm not complaining here as I've had a very light teaching load this semester). The meetings. The planning. The exchange approvals (this program has exploded in popularity since I was last in charge of granting subject approvals, and I'm seeing or emailing about three students a day about this). The honours applications: my two weeks on fairy tales in Romancing the Medieval is generating lots of interest for honours thesis topics.
The meetings. Did I say that already?
I'm on two job selection committees: we did video interviews for one, this week, finishing 9.30 pm on Tuesday night. Another big one coming up, for which I want to read some of the candidates' work.
Booking various tickets (Marriage of Figaro with Teddy Tahu Rhodes; Rigoletto with Emma Matthews; Ashes cricket with ... well, who knows, by then?).
Planning a little holiday in NZ around the ANZAMEMS conference.
Helping organise our School's Christmas party (with the Blue Manoeuvres).
Reading a re-submitted volume of essays for the Late Medieval and Early Modern Series.
Preparing project pro-formas for the first phases of my work in the Centre of Excellence (I'm already late with this: not a good way to begin, though we don't start till next year).
And finishing my book. I'm feeling more confident about being to wrap it all up as an intellectual project; now it's just a question of finding the time. Sadly, that's what my annual leave will be for, starting Wednesday week...
[Update: and while I wasn't watching, my counter counted its 100,000th visitor since July 2006. Go, little blog!]