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Sunday, 19 August 2018

June-August Journey Week 11

This trip was planned for twelve weeks, so we're heading into the finish; next week, we'll report on session achievements. Does anyone remember volunteering to run the next TLQ session, or do we need to put out a call for session organizers?

On board ship, we'd be packing and getting our scheduled slots for disembarkation, trading contact info with people we'll probably never see again, tipping the staff, hunting through the cabin for that one lost earring, and wondering how badly crumpled the items in the "not wanted on voyage" trunks will be. I hope we'll all stay in touch, and that the transition to land-based life will go smoothly.

This week, I have been musing on some advice from a management consultant, having followed a link I found in the Ask A Manager blog. The ideas I found most useful were that it is easier to improve things you already do than it is to change yourself; and that one way to figure out what you are doing well is to write down your expectations (or goals, or hopes) when you take a key decision, and then check back later.

I've been applying this in a daily way, not writing things down but trying to ask myself "What results do I expect?" when I start the day reading blogs, studying a language, or going outside to do a little weeding (the most common things I do first thing). I'm going to try to substitute something other than blogs for my first activity, once the term starts. I have found that it is easier to face working on a language I know better than to drill one I'm in the early stages with, and also that I very much enjoy getting outside early in the day. The take-away is that I want to do something quiet while I wake up, not too strenuous, but I want to avoid things I have trouble moving on from. I'm going to try to substitute reading a book or weeding for the blog addiction.

As usual, respond to these ideas if they speak to you, report your progress on your weekly goals, analyze what went well or badly, and set goals for the coming week. Is there anything you want to be sure to address before our final check-in?

Bardiac
Have a great trip (please come back and tell us how it went).

Dame Eleanor Hull
Self/health: Yoga and cardio at least 5 times each (try for 7), weights 3, make appointment for eye exam.
Research: 6 hours revisions, 2 hours language, 60 pp reading.
Teaching: syllaboi for two classes.
Life Stuff: several things too dull to list.

Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Finish packing.
Minimize time on campus.
Enjoy the long weekend.
Take some work, but don’t obsess.
Practice good self-care.

Good Enough Woman (held over)

1) Draft a revision incorporating all reader feedback (except, perhaps, the bibliography stuff)
2) Do at least 20 minutes of yoga per day.
3) Do all three syllabi.
4) Submit reading packet to reprographics.
5) Walk the dog twice.
6) Take some time to enjoy the back yard.
7) Spend some quality time with my son while my daughter is gone.

Heu Mihi (held over)

1. Sit x6
2. Read a dissertation
3. Read a book
4. Read 30 pages of Proust
5. 3 hours on Wonder
6. Brew beer
7. Arrange and print most pages of anniversary book
8. Prep 2nd and 3rd weeks of undergrad class
9. Have a sense of humor and be willing to let some of this nonsense go, please

Humming 42
1 read over Sweet and determine next steps/schedule
2 finish and submit current book review
3 edit submitted book review
4 start building online course

JaneB
1) self-care: focusing on drinking enough water, on taking time to eat the food I choose, on moving a little extra each day (at least back stretches), "sitting".
2) analyse at least 3 samples in preparation for FavouriteIslandsMeeting
3) go through the rest of my notes from meetings two weeks ago and take small actions, plan/record large ones, related to my various papers and grant applications in progress.
4) make travel plans for FavouriteIslandsMeeting
5) Prepare for societything meeting
6) have conversation with former PDF about ProblemPaper2
7) spend an hour on teaching prep

oceangirl101
1. Write convergently on Ch 3 and Ch 7, including data tables. 5 days x 4 hrs per day
2. Do an external tenure review
3. Meet with co-authors about paper, read and make comments
4. Meet with illustrator about maps, drawings for book
5. Start PT for arm
6. Fun x 2
7. Exercise x 3

Plant Girl
1. Finalize syllabus for first class, including printing out some worksheets, etc., for the first week of classes.
2. Submit some reimbursement requests (which requires learning where the dept photocopier is and how to use it).
3. Go to a workshop on our CMS, which I have used before but am not a pro at.
4. Finally, try not to flounder while my husband is out of town. As someone with mental health issues I don't do well when my primary support system is missing, so I try to reach out to friends, but as we all know, academics often have friends very far away. So my text messaging will go up for sure!

Susan
1. Revisions on WITCH (minor, but necessary - it may be a "lovely article" but it isn't quite ready for prime time.
2. Finish syllabi, start building course websites
3. Read 3 more journals
4. Print out Violence, figure out what more needs to be done
5. Read article for review
6. Keep walking

Waffles
1. Revise aim 1 paper and have it near finished by the time I get back
2. Have a plan for election surveys
3. Make table of findings for YRBS paper

What Now?
Keep my head above water!

Monday, 13 August 2018

June-August Journey Week 10

Several comments in the last few weeks have mentioned the dread of the
upcoming semester. As the cruise ship rounds the bend to head back to the
harbor, what plans do you have to capture the last days of the break? Is
there some way to hold the freedom to pursue TLQ goals, in the face of a
full complement of classes, committees, and colleagues? (I can’t help but
hear Scrooge in my mind, vowing to hold Christmas in his heart throughout
the year). If you have found useful strategies during the last two sessions,
please share!
As always, respond to the prompt if it speaks to you, report your progress
on your weekly goals, analyze what went well or badly, and set goals for
the coming week.


Dame Eleanor Hull
New goals:
Self/health: eat safely, regular yoga and cardio, walk by water at least 3
times, do one longer hike.
Family: house visit, dad visits, sort stuff, ship stuff.
Work: try for six hours, either writing or teaching prep, as feels
manageable.
Move like water, float like mist, or be the rock, as appropriate.


Elizabeth Mitchell
Finish the proofreading from the microfilm of the text.
Finish taking notes from the two remaining interlibrary loan books.
Pack for trip to the great Midwest.


Good Enough Woman (held over)
1) Draft a revision incorporating all reader feedback (except, perhaps,
the bibliography stuff)
2) Do at least 20 minutes of yoga per day. I've GOT to get the kinks
out of my back and work on my tennis elbow or whatever I have
going on. It's some kind of RSI affecting my hand, forearm, elbow,
and shoulder. In fact, my whole right side is kind of a mess. Surely
yoga will help. I hope so b/c working on the computer is difficult.
3) Do all three syllabi.
4) Submit reading packet to reprographics.
5) Walk the dog twice.
6) Take some time to enjoy the back yard.
7) Spend some quality time with my son while my daughter is gone.


Heu mihi
1. Sit x6
2. Read a dissertation
3. Read a book
4. Read 30 pages of Proust
5. 3 hours on Wonder
6. Brew beer
7. Arrange and print most pages of anniversary book
8. Prep 2nd and 3rd weeks of undergrad class
9. Have a sense of humor and be willing to let some of this nonsense go, please


Humming42 (held over)
1. Write 1000 words for Tiny Project
2. Write and submit two abstracts
3. Reply to Tiny Project person
4. Get caught up on grading


JaneB
1) self-care: focusing this week on drinking enough water, on taking time to
eat the food I choose, on moving a little extra each day (at least back stretches), "sitting".
2) analyse at least 3 samples in preparation for FavouriteIslandsMeeting
3) go through the rest of my notes from meetings two weeks ago and take
small actions, plan/record large ones, related to my various papers and grant
applications in progress.
4) make travel plans for FavouriteIslandsMeeting
5) Prepare for societything meeting
6) keep ProblemPaper2 re-re-re-work moving
7) spend an hour on teaching prep


OceanGirl101
1. Start writing theoretical bits of Ch 2 (2-3,000 words for the week
if possible)
2. Read for Ch 2 and 7 and continue to outline Ch 7
2. Make PT appt for arm injury
3. 1 hr lawyer/estate stuff
4. colonoscopy (Fri, ugh)
5. Exercise x 5
6. Fun thing x 2


Plant Girl
1. Finish packing (I'm almost there...)
2. Run many, many errands.
3. Run 3x if schedule permits.
4. Move on Friday/Saturday. (UGH)


Susan (held over)
1. Two sets of expense forms for last week's travel.
2. Write application for admin job
3. Do one more edit on Violence, leaving mainly footnotes for when I return
4. Read articles for prize (only 3, manageable)
5. Finish book for review, draft review
6. Begin process of contacting potential collaborators
7. Pack for vacation
8. Keep exercising
9. Get good sleep


Waffles
1. Finish presentations
2. Practice presentations
3. Clean house to prep for catsitter
4. Pack!
5. Have fun in SF!


What Now?
1. Finish revising the essay!
2. Clean the house by Wed. (company coming)
3. Exercise x 3
4. A school thing, a financial thing, a medical thing, a volunteering thing,
and a temple thing -- not sure how the week got this busy!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

June-August Journey Week 9

Greetings, fellow travelers! This post is coming to you courtesy of free airport Wi-Fi. We can't do much better than this as far as literalizing a metaphor. I'm not quite in the land of my youth, but within a couple hours' drive of it, and have seen people from that time. Such experiences always make me uneasy: I'm glad to see old friends, and yet I am also very glad to move on, back to (or toward, in this case, as I've another leg of this trip to go) my real adult life, the life I couldn't really imagine back then, but had to have faith was coming. 

If you can work with this metaphor---things you have mixed feelings about, on this summer journey, or travel experiences that leave you unsettled, feel free! Otherwise, I need to go gate-check a bag. See you later!  (Apologies for any wonky formatting; I'll come back and fix it later if I can.) Update: I have tried. It's still rather wonky. I have a new laptop and am working in Word and Explorer rather than WordPerfect and Firefox, and I think there are some underlying formatting issues that I haven't managed to address.


Dame Eleanor Hull

1.       Self/health: yoga for neck 5-7 days; same for cardio; cautiously try going back to weights; massage.
2.      Research: keep office hours 9-12 three days; 6 hours on revisions; 2 hours on language; update promotion application.
3.      Teaching: 2 hours planning or reading for fall classes.
4.      Life Stuff: do 3-5 things.
5.      Travel: pack and prep for trip; do necessary hunting and gathering to eat safely on the road.


Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Take notes on four of the interlibrary loan books.

Have test done.
Dependent on test results, plot out the next 2-6 weeks.
Edit and rearrange introduction
Finish proofreading the edition--2 hours a day.
Good Enough Woman


1) Draft a revision incorporating all reader feedback (except, perhaps, the bibliography stuff)
2) Do at least 20 minutes of yoga per day. I've GOT to get the kinks out of my back and work on my tennis elbow or whatever I have going on. It's some kind of RSI affecting my hand, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. In fact, my whole right side is kind of a mess. Surely yoga will help. I hope so b/c working on the computer is difficult.
3) Do all three syllabi.
4) Submit reading packet to reprographics.
5) Walk the dog twice.
6) Take some time to enjoy the back yard.
7) Spend some quality time with my son while my daughter is gone.


Heu Mihi
1. Sit x 6

2. Exercise x 5
3. Finish a book and read most of another
4. 30 pages of Proust
5. 3 hours on Wonder
6. Prep first week of undergrad class
Humming42


1 Write 1000 words for Tiny Project
2 Write and submit two abstracts
3 Reply to Tiny Project person
4 Get caught up on grading
JaneB


1) self-care: focusing this week on drinking enough water, on taking time to eat the food I choose, on moving a little extra each day (at least back stretches), "sitting".
2) arranging a time to visit my sister despite hot weather
3) going through the rest of my notes from meetings two weeks ago and taking small actions, planning/recording large ones, related to my various papers and grant applications in progress.
4) spending an hour or two on one of the papers
5) spend an hour on teaching prep things, just getting things in order
Ocean Girl


1. Complete Ch 6 edits
2. Start outlining theoretical bits of CH 2
3. Write one section of theoretical bits of Ch 2 (might be a stretch)
4. Submit conference abstract
5. 1 hour lawyer/will/estate stuff
6. Make dr appt for arm injury
7. Exercise x 4
8. Fun things x 2

Plant Girl
1.       Try to edit chapter a little bit each day.
2.      10 hours of FL work.
3.      Pack


Susan
1. Two sets of expense forms for last week's travel.
2. Write application for admin job
3. Do one more edit on Violence, leaving mainly footnotes for when I return
4. Read articles for prize (only 3, manageable)
5. Finish book for review, draft review
6. Begin process of contacting potential collaborators
7. Pack for vacation
8. Keep exercising
9. Get good sleep
Waffles

1.       Presentation #1.
2.      Presentation #2.
3.       Stupid reviews for stupid review paper (will be so glad when this is done!)
4.      If I am successful in getting 1-3 done, I’d like to take the success of last week and try to make serious progress on my F32 paper.




What Now?
1. Again with the summer school. Teaching 4.5 hours each day is just exhausting; there's no way around that.
2. Try to exercise at least ONE time during the week! (See how I'm lowering my expectations? Just suck less!)
3. Pull out the essay draft and actually look at it. But I don't have to do this until Saturday; I think it's not reasonable to expect myself to do intellectual work after a day so full of teaching.
4. Finish the online course, wrap it up, and dive into the other online course that I've completely neglected.



Monday, 30 July 2018

June-August Journey Week 8

It was lovely last week to hear all the accomplishments of TLQ participants, whether
over the last few months or the last few years. Several positive and complimentary
comments were made about the impact of the group on our feelings of accountability,
and therefore on our progress. I started thinking about the chemistry of writing groups,
both on-line and in-person, especially since many of us have both incarnations going
on at once. What do you look for in a writing/accountability group, and what is
different about on-line versus in-person versions? Would you feel adrift if you never
left the good steamer TLQ in any port of call?


Please respond to the prompt if it speaks to you, report your progress on your weekly
goals, analyze what went well or badly, and set goals for the coming week.


Bardiac (held over during trip out west)
1. Finalize some plans. Since this involves my Mom, it will take time (because she's
communicating with five other people...)
2. Finish weeding. I need two hours before it gets hot. Hopefully tomorrow.
3. Exercise.
4. Pack.
5. Write enough that I feel like I've made progress.
6. (added by editor:) HAVE A FANTASTIC TRIP!!


Dame Eleanor Hull
1. Self/health: yoga for neck 5-7 days; same for cardio; see doc if sore foot doesn't improve.
2. Research: keep office hours 9-12 four days; 6 hours on revisions; 2 hours on language;
update promotion application.
3. Teaching: 2 hours planning or reading for fall classes.
4. Life Stuff: do 3-5 things.


Elizabeth Mitchell
1) Pick up interlibrary loan books.
2) Take notes on three of the above-mentioned books, at least 2 hours a day.
3) Pick up pool pass.
4) Stay hydrated.
5) Proofread for 3 hours every day.


Good Enough Woman
1) Make the back yard even more pretty.
2) Daily push-ups (10).
3) Walk the dog once.
4) Review the readers' reports more carefully. Take some planning/strategy notes for revision.
5) Keep my shit together and try not to cry when I drop my daughter off on Sunday for a
week-long camp at UCSB.


Heu mihi
1. Sit x 4
2. Exercise x 4
3. Work on Wonder for 2 hours total
4. Finish a book
5. Read 30 pages of Proust


Humming42
1. Post book review
2. Write 1000 words for Tiny Project
3. Write one or both of upcoming abstracts
4. Consider freelance gig
5. Get caught up on grading


JaneB
1) self-care: focusing this week on drinking enough water, on taking time to eat the food
I choose, on moving a little extra each day (at least back stretches), "sitting".
2) arranging a time to visit my sister despite hot weather
3) going through the rest of my notes from meetings two weeks ago and taking small
actions, planning/recording large ones, related to my various papers and grant applications
in progress.
4) spending an hour or two on one of the papers
5) spend an hour on teaching prep things, just getting things in order


OceanGirl101
1. Write 5,000 words for Ch 6. If this means I get to the end of the chapter, then edit as
much as I can
2. Continue text/comments for co-authored paper (waiting on email from collaborators)
3. Weights 2x, Pilates 1x, walk or something else 2x
4. Do something fun x2
5. Think about getting a decorator for my upstairs office
6. Edit copy of will/health care directive for 1 hr.


Plant Girl
1. I WAS going to NJ to visit family, but after driving partway to MDW this morning only
to find out that my flight was cancelled inexplicably and that there were no more flights I
could take today or the rest of the week, it looks like I'm not seeing family again until the
holidays.
2. So, since this was supposed to be a week off from work, I will try to relax and balance
little bits of work that I feel motivated to do with lots of reading for fun, which is something
I've really gotten away from this summer.
3. Try to run and eat healthy again now that I'm feeling better physically.


Susan
1. Do serious edit of Violence
2. Identify more of the primary sources for new class
3. Get exercise
4. Go to bed early enough to get good sleep.
5. Enjoy the most beautiful library setting ever (we call it paradise)
6. Enjoy the twins (now 4 1/2) and my family.
Waffles
1. Get either the PTSD or YRBS paper done. I am skyping with my postdoc mentor tonight
(they are on the opposite side of the world right now), and am hoping I can get her to help
me be accountable on this front.
2. Get my revisions to discussion section done.
3. Get review done that is due this week.


What Now?

1. Again with the summer school. Teaching 4.5 hours each day is just exhausting; there's
no way around that.
2. Try to exercise at least ONE time during the week! (See how I'm lowering my
expectations? Just suck less!)
3. Pull out the essay draft and actually look at it. But I don't have to do this until Saturday;
I think it's not reasonable to expect myself to do intellectual work after a day so full of teaching.
4. Finish the online course, wrap it up, and dive into the other online course that I've
completely neglected.