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Monday, 22 December 2014

Overall goals for this block

For those who set goals for this block, they are posted below. I failed to do so. JaneB, I couldn't find record of yours the first week, you noted that you would get to it the following week, but one thing leads to and overwhelms another... -humming

Allan Wilson: to write and submit a manuscript called pirate, while improving my overall level of health and fitness. But I also have lots of wildly overdue things to do. Hmmm. They might end up here on the margins as well.
Amstr: Overall Goals: 1) prep, plan, and start to execute Dissertation to Book transformation; 2) land a teaching gig for winter; 3) health (eat well, sleep well, exercise regularly); 4) make progress on non-academic writing (3 ready-to-edit children’s book drafts; 1 short story).
Contingent Cassandra: Semester Goals (more or less in order of importance/likely tackling): (1) attend to health/wellness: restart exercise program, cook/eat healthy meals, get regular sleep; (2) continue progress on getting financial matters in order; (3) get community garden plot fenced and prepared for winter; (4) work on apartment home-repair/improvement projects. If things go well, there might also be some work on reacquainting myself with my research and/or preparing for next semester, but let's leave it at the core 4 for the moment.
Daisy: get rid of all three thesis papers
Der Modell Wissenschaftler:
1) Finish my dissertation and submit it to my committee by XXX (I haven't even committed the deadline to memory yet!)
2) Stick to my health and exercise plan, and mentally not get sidelined by the overwhelming amount of junk that needs to be done before we can sell our house
3) Defend my dissertation and deposit it by end of semester
4) Write and submit application for teaching certificate
-Keep up Secondary Field momentum. How best to do this is something of a question. (Just do it. Any old way, some part of me begs.)
Earnest English:
-Schedule and be firm about making enough time to properly prep and grade for the intensive classes I have this quarter. (My family is very home-based, and I plan to be at home more this quarter, but this means doing work at home, which is sometimes very difficult for me to do. I just need to be firm about it -- not angry and panicked because I'm already too far behind.) Next step: figuring out times when I can regularly schedule work time.
-Stay engaged with my child's homeschooling (though my partner is definitely going to have to pick up on that). To make that concrete, I'd say that I should make sure to do at least two sessions with him a week or take two classes together per week (which are already on our scheduled actually, though as the weather turns, I imagine we'll want to stay home more). This should be okay, but since I've never balanced work and homeschooling before, I'm nervous about it.
-Maintain gardening, composting (order that composter!), and holidays/family traditions through the term.
-Take care of myself: get enough sleep; eat good vegan food as often as possible (and no going to work with no food!); take supplements; exercise at least twice a week; try to catch up with the doctors, especially the eye doctor -- also find new doctors since the move; consider meditation or use writing as meditation; let loose sometimes (go out for drinks with Mentor). Take that yoga class already?
-Keep up minimal research in my Primary field enough to not have to go insane right before a conference. This means getting some reading and some notes done. Next step: schedule?? I really only need an hour or so per week for this.
-If possible, write some notes about intensive classes I'm teaching.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell: Semester goals: write the article, assemble the dossier, stay healthy, stay sane.
Good Enough Woman:
1) Read key texts on theory that will tie all of the thesis chapters together, put together an outline and bibliography for the introduction.
2) Revise and develop chapter two of the thesis.
3) cook from the farm box, walk regularly, and make sure weight goes down, not up.
4) Make five doctor's appointments for myself because I am way behind on all fronts (dentist, dermatologist, eye doctor, mammogram--you know the rest).
5) Have at least two one-on-one dates with each child and with my husband.
1. complete professional development activities, 1 by mid October deadline, and two others thereafter. These types of things always feed into each other quite well hence tackling several in one go.
2. rewrite manuscript that was drafted over the summer for a new journal - the one I was aiming for (with quite a specific focus) no longer seems to exist. Oh, and find new journal to submit to.
3. Get back to writing for 30 - 45 minutes first thing each day to plug through the other manuscripts in the list.
Matlida: Overall goals for this block:
1) An article which will be a part of my book.
2) A book proposal.
3) Exercises, healthy eating, learning languages.
4) 15 minute-writing every day
Susan: My general goals for TLQ are
1. Finish the book,
2. Get the balance back in my life, with decent sleep, healthy eating, and exercise. I'm pretty good at the first two, but exercise has been more of a challenge,

3. Get rid of paper in my house, and turn my former study, which now functions as "where I put things when I have no better idea" into a den or exercise room that works.

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