Well, it is that time of the voyage… We’re just about half-way and it is time to check in with ourselves and our voyage goals. Don’t know about you but these always give me a nasty shock and I always ending up feeling a mixture of pity and annoyance for the naïve sod who made my plans 2 months ago… So for this round I promise to treat that naïve sod with kindness and not be overly harsh when reviewing my goals. I also promise to be ruthless in throwing out the ones that I do not want to keep carrying with me on this voyage, there are other trips, other ships, and not everything needs to be dragged along this time…
We will be having a special baggage/goal jettisoning session in the aft loading bay at the end of the week. Please prepare anything that needs to be thrown off the ship and we will have it picked up in a cabin sweep before the ceremony. In order to minimize our contribution to space flotsam/jetsam pollution we will be chuck our excess baggage and goals, and then immediate vapourize them with the defensive laser array. If anyone who wants to press buttons for shooting at cargo please sign up below, I can highly recommend this as an excellent destressing activity. Our safety officer will be on hand to make sure we do not do any damage to innocently passing ships or planets.
The baggage ceremony will be followed by the official MidWay Ball where we will get a chance to wear our gorgeous gowns (or suits or leisure leggings of your choice) and dance with our voyage guests. The dance teacher will be offering refresher lessons on waltzes and maybe tangos for the brave, and medical team will notified to expect the occasional sprained ankle… The sign-up sheet for dancing with Captain Vorpatril is right next to the one for laser duty. In the interest of collegiality (and concern for the Captain’s health) please limit yourself to signing up for two dances only. If he’s still standing after those it will be first-come for the rest of the evening!
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Reassess my 5-year plan.
Get Illuminated out to a journal.
Deepen and normalize self-care practices.
1) Finish my Albatross paper! This has been an ongoing goal
for ages but the paper keeps changing and is constantly being shoved aside for
more urgent things.
2) Analysis and Report on fun local project
3) Do a good graduate course for lovely students
4) All the revisions for all the things
5) Figure out a way to have some fun with my courses instead of just surviving them
1) Research and writing:
a. Public/private conference paper (due March)
b. Pedagogy conference paper (due May)
c. Collection intro
d. Death essay
2) Teaching: Have fun, be good, and don't let it take over my life
a. Sit regularly
b. Language study at least a few times a week
c. Write/research three hours/week
d. Try out Monk Manual for this term
1 finished draft of tiny project
2 keep up with teaching things
3 present at three online conferences that unfortunately all fall in March
4 submit Boredom to online conference
5 write short death piece
Professional Survival – do all the things needed for this…
(Captain’s note: we’re sending someone to check on you in your cabin, they will deliver a selection of fresh healthy snacks and a bottle of something sparkly along with some Andorran bath salts for tired brains/bodies. We cannot replicate those because they cause small explosions so they are kind of a treat.)
-Deliver new course with at least two weeks lead time in
prep across the semester
-Complete NTRO output
-Hand over all service responsibilities esp Hons project
-Get two postgrads through examination
-prep the mighty kombi for long service leave
1. Finish chapter 2 of Famous Author, start chapter 3.
2. Keep up with teaching, but don't let it take over my life.
3. Finish big transition for Proforg
4. Repeatedly going to the decks for relaxation and exercise programs
5. Ensuring that I regularly "hang out" with friends (and maybe by the end of the session some of that will be in person!)
6. Watch out for my mother (she's in assisted living, I can't visit, so. . .)
7. Other duties as assigned.
*Deliver quality classes online, keep up with grading, give
my students a decent learning experience.
*Finish the article that has turned into my Albatross and move on to something else.
*Unpack all my books and do more settling in the new house.
*Stick more or less to the work schedule I've devised, which allots regular time to teaching, research, reading, languages, service, exercise, and down time (the real question is how fast it will take for this to go completely down the tubes).
*Prioritize sleep and physical health.
GOALS from last week:
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
Scan paper files for archiving.1x5
Work on peer review.1x5
Outline the proposal for the reference work on Famous Printer (for work but still fun).
Write at least 250 words a day on Translatio; Feminae; or UnnamedAsYet.
1) Make beautiful conference poster out of giant piles of
2) Write a summary of everything in poster so that when paper-writing comes around I actually remember what was in it
3) Check in on the albatross egg and see whether it is ready to hatch, extend contract for babysitter if going well
4) Finish grading before next batch of grading arrives
5) Catch-up on all association business and meetings
6) Do all my research accounting
7) Take-out dinner treat for me and kid
1) Write 3 hours
2) Exercise daily
3) Service misc: Gen Ed review, job description for service position, LOR
4) Finalize paper and email organizer for March 1 presentation; get book from office so that I can finish it!
5) sit x5, language x5
Recover from disaster-ridden away mission.
-Finish contacting external peoples, get through week 1,
plan week 2/3.
-Comments back to postgrads on messy article draft, complete exegesis.
-Respect research day - 4 pomodoros, 500 words.
1. GRADE PAPERS (TRQ)
2. Famous Author: 2 sessions
3. Try to get a bit ahead on LMS stuff and assignments
4. Start next task for organization
5. Get good sleep
6. Keep up with exercise
7. Pull some weeds, fertilize roses
8. Have some nice conversations
9. Be kind
10. Float like mist
Finish grading undergrad papers.
Write new essay assignment.
Load new grad readings.
Stretch & cardio daily; weights x3.