Today is Halloween, and Friday is Guy Fawkes Day, both holidays that I associate with light of some kind: flickering candles inside Jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, fireworks. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're beginning the Season of the Dark, which some people love (JaneB): it can be a time of hygge, cozy relaxing indoor activities, long nights of sleep, or for invigorating outdoor activities like cross-country skiing (Bardiac) followed by hot drinks. It makes me sleepy and sulky; for most of the Northern Hemisphere winter, I want to be an iguana in a heated, lighted box, with food delivered (please can I just join the Southern Hemisphere people and get spring and summer over again?). Autumn has its points. I do like the colored trees, and even enjoy cloudy, rainy days, though they don't make me energetic. They make me want to curl up with a book, a cat, and a pot of tea, and read a little, nap a little, sip a little. Down Under, however, plans are underway for new gardens and summer escapes (Karen), so it's a time of change, wherever we are.
What do you like to do at this time of year? What holidays do you look forward to, and how do you plan for them? What is the literal light doing, where you are, and what cracks let in the light, metaphorically?
Here are last week's goals. Let us know how you're doing, and what you plan to tackle in the coming week.
1) Finish enormously giant pile of grad student feedback
2) Finish conference poster and upload all required things for conference
3) Continue with paper revisions for paper related to poster
4) Fun work visit with colleagues coming to town
5) Do modelling during long meetings (it is quiet and only needs periodic input from me so the ideal meeting task)
6) Finish Halloween costume (dragon this year, technically challenging!)
Health: yoga x6, weights x3, very short walks, keep trying w/r/t sleep.
Research: topic sentence outline of chapter to writing group; dead language study; read a book; scan some essays.
Teaching: grade grads' Blackboard submissions.
Admin: meeting prep, deal with four sets of forms from my department.
Life Stuff: write to my dad, drop off a shoe for repair, renew car registration.
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Goals are now three weeks past, so I'm not going to post them, just hope that you're all right and will come start fresh!
1) Address two of the reviewer's comments (which involves reading, thinking, and writing)
2) Prepare my presentation for Italian class
3) Finish my part of journal proofs
4) Compose a bibliography on monasticism and death (???)
5) Bottle beer
6) Continue with the business of muddling through somehow
1 best behavior for a week with meetings on zoom and in person
2 complete and submit two article reviews
3 car wash! (a free bonus with recent oil change)
4 late book review, of course
5 submit creative work to journal
1) self-care: do 3 songs worth of exercise each day, check in again on
fruit and veg and protein, clean out the flipping "basket swap", clear
off the reading chair in my work area, prepare and run Halloween D&D
2) teaching: get week 6 materials prepared and start on week 8, including sorting out rescheduled trip, fix the second half of the "list items" for my VLE sites (6 sites)
3) admin: get caught up on last stupid CPD thing
4) research: read over what we said we'd do for the grant that got funded, and finish the notes. start on pedagogical paper which is somehow now my problem.
Teaching - finish off current unit by releasing feedback and submitting
results; finish scaffolding map and start revisions to unit outline
Research - set up writing group (outcome from a lovely cross-discipline event hosted by nearby-department), 1 pomodoro on documentation
Self and home - yoga x 3, go bushwalking this weekend.
1. Do the grading!
2. Get writing prompt for next week up
3. Read manuscript for blurb
4. Contact landscaper, follow up with painter
5. Have fun with friends
6. be kind to myself