Welcome to the second week of our voyage! This is my first “crew update” recording from my cabin. Our departure went fairly well, we had very few issues with forgotten baggage but the replicators have been able to fill all emergency orders for critical things. All crew quarters are functional. I do apologize to the crew members who had to be relocated after we discovered the infestation of Shape-shifting Spotted Demotivators. They have been corralled and are isolated in the hold, but far away from the Albatross enclosures because there is anecdotal evidence that those species can cross-breed and we don’t want an outbreak on our hands.
Oh, what’s that? Uhmmm… blinking light, blinking light, oh, getting another call hang on… Hello? Yes, this is the Captain…. Really… Escaped? And you can’t find them? Ok, I’ll be there in a few minutes, keep the area isolated and I’ll authorize the additional force-fields you need right now…
Ok, got to go deal with the crisis in the hold – the Demotivators chewed through their enclosure and are playing hide and seek with the critter-care crew. I will have to post the rest of the crew update on the ship’s com system. Please join us for social hour (or day!) in the Top Deck Viewing Bar to tell us how your first week went.
For this week, please be on the look out for any Demotivators trying to nest in your quarters, it is easier to root them out early on, once they establish a colony they are very hard to eradicate! And in our check-in gathering this week, please tell us how you identify your personal Demotivators (they do shift their appearance fairly frequently so they can be hard to track), and share your favourite strategies for finding and evicting them. We can all use a little bit of help and advice on getting them under control!
Best of luck for the week!
(Also IRL, please take care of yourself, the world is a mess and everyone is struggling and we need to hang on, even if by fingernails.)
UPDATED with GOALS from last week:
Dame Eleanor Hull
*Finish grad syllabus, set up Blackboard sites.
*At least 5 hours of research time.
*Tidy my study, I mean quarters.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Draft query letters for Illuminated.
Edit at least 5 pages of Illuminated.
Draft introduction to Translated.
Organize desk 1 hour x 5.
Pay bills, ask for conference reimbursement, call for doctors' appointments.
1) Open Albatross cage carefully and make a plan for
2) Sit down for a good planning session for the term and write everything down
3) Start on giant pile of revisions for paper from last session and give each co-author a list of the parts they have to do
4) Do figure revisions for another paper I’m co-author on and send first author nice figures and encouraging message
5) Get online course started with maximum interaction and minimum drama (also finish course outline!)
6) Write a couple of abstracts for online conferences that I am not excited about but will go to in order to support colleagues organizing them
7) Do one fun thing with any available friend
1. Personnel Committee task
2. 3 hours of writing
3. Sit 5 times
4. 2 hours of course planning
5. 30 minutes of grant proposal planning
6. Catch up on journal work
1 catch up on teaching-related issues from internet outage
2 finish and submit current book review
3 create tiny project work plan
4 write and submit working group project for conference
5 submit creative piece by deadline
Will be updating when possible, with an excellent overall session goal of Professional Survival.
-restart work and open inbox
-write up draft of Hons ideas and set up time for discussion with a couple of key people
-begin syllabi for new course
1. Finish syllabus and post intro videos
2. Return to Famous Author for 3 writing sessions
3. Schedule board meeting for ProfOrg
4. Keep up with exercise on both expensive bougie equipment and January yoga challenge.
5. Cook at least one healthy thing
6. Visit friends
7. Call mom