I have a sad sinking feeling that I used to enjoy the start of the academic year, but the excitement seems to have evaporated this time round - I think because there's so much admin that there's precious little time to think, let alone think about teaching. And somehow, tomorrow, I have to teach an intro-to-being-a-TA course at which, yes, we'll discuss how to start off the semester, and how to run a discussion session, and so on. With enthusiasm! With excitement! Today, however (and enjoyable though the graduate class I taught indeed was), once again I was very glad to climb the steps back home.