Good evening to all our crew and guests! As you know our arrival on Primavera is imminent! We’re in the last week of the voyage for forward planning, so we get one more week of goals before we report on our session and pack up our cabins….
We’ve almost made it across the Expanse and travelled all the way through several interstellar clouds of dust. We hunted Demotivators, drank a bunch of random interstellar alcohol, danced with the very handsome Captain Vorpatril, shot the crap out of our floating baggage in a jettisoning ceremony, put on a few dances with appropriate fancy dresses, struggled with albatrosses, fantasized about being 19th Century Cambridge scholars and learned a bunch of stuff about routines and habits and general survival…
One of the things that bugs me most about this endless stretch of pandemic online existence is that everything ends with a whimper. Had a student do Masters defense and at the end we told her she passed, congratulated her, and clicked out of the meeting. No coffee, no bar, no party, nothing… Same with end of classes, reviewed what we did, talked about some cool stuff, thanked students for all their work, and then waited as they all disappeared. And then nothing… And that’s been the case with everything… I’m so sick of the anticlimax that comes with every ending and every milestone!
So for this week’s social hour and check-in see if the following list resonates with you…
How will you plan to celebrate the achievements in this session that you will tell us all about next week?
How can we make these anticlimactic endings feel a little more special?
What do you need to do for yourself to acknowledge all your hard work and enjoy the satisfaction that should come with everything you did?
How can we create a little moment of fun and levity and celebration for things that need it?
I do not know the answers for any of these yet...
GOALS from last week:
1) Help grad student with proposals and grant applications
2) Society website updating and general organization
3) Make sure all committee organization is ready for 2 weeks of interviews
4) Keep working on local project, report to partner
5) Outline new grant application for work in new area
6) Final marking and grades for undergrad class if everything gets handed in
7) Field trip!!!!!
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell (held over)
Read 1 hour x 5 on early printers.
Edit translation sections 1 x 5.
Draft a daily schedule.
First Mate T’Melnor
Research x 6: 4 x book, 2 x revisions.
Dead language prep for group; anything on #2 is gravy.
Grade whatever there is to grade.
Prep for faculty meeting; review grad apps.
Gently increase activity while healing.
Do some mending.
Visit store for paint chips.
1) Uncomfortable phone call with difficult colleague
(planning on doing this by 9:15 this morning, just to get it out of the way)
2) Write 2 hours if possible
3) Gen Ed review!! Rapidly becoming urgent
4) Run, yoga, sit, language--as fits my schedule
5) Get to the plant store (Saturday?)
6) Get first vaccine shot! I'm FINALLY eligible (today), and amazingly, I was able to get both my husband and me appointments for later this week.
1 Submit Because
2 Submit Young Ones
3 Write and submit next book review
4 Focus on teaching-related responsibilities
5 Also, awesome conference with Boredom presentation!
Karen (held over)
-send around syllabi for sem 2 and draft teaching plan
-catch up on student feedback and be prepped for next week's crits
-be one week ahead in LMS content
Susan (held over)
1. Get to be early enough to not be wrecked by Ginger
George's 4 AM wake up call.
2. 2 x 2 hours on Famous Author
3. Read 3 more chapters in book for review
4. Grade papers
5. Write citations for lifetime awards for professional association
6. Go to sessions for remote conference
7. See someone for fun
8. Do stuff in garden
9. Sit outside with a drink at least one evening. Roses are in bloom, as are orange and lemon trees. It smells heavenly.
10. Float like mist and ignore the stupid