This is it! The final week of our session is here, and we get to look back and reflect, and perhaps look forwards a little bit as well. So this week we can check in with our last batch of weekly goals, and with our adjusted session goals. For fun, tell us what you are most proud of for this session, or what you enjoyed the most, or what you were surprised by (or all three!). We can also think ahead to any changes coming our way in the next few months, the change-over from one session to the next always makes me want to look ahead a little…
And, if you feel so inclined, add whether you would like a new session for summer, when it could be, and whether you’d be a potential host…
Thank you for all the great posts and interactions, it has been great fun to watch fantastic cabins take shape and to chat about all kinds of interesting things along the way. We’ve collectively accomplished quite a bit and weathered a few storms, and I’m grateful for the lovely company along the way!
One last bonus point competition for checking in – what special
cocktail or drink are you planning for you first night in your fantasy cabin? Or special dessert or treat? Extra bonus if they are one and the same...
Last week’s goals
Continuing conference wrangling – it is 3 weeks away and coming fast!
Student thesis edits
Start writing 3 conference talks and one plenary address
Go back in time to slap former self about signing up for three conference talks
Dame Eleanor Hull
Health: cardio x6, stretch x6, track bedtime.
Research: 2 hours a day! Make progress on book: say, finish the frelling section I've been on for much too long, and start the next one.
Teaching: grade one new assignment and any stray stuff that comes in late. Order fall books.
Life stuff: do some gardening, bake something, mail a package.
Admin: fill in & file some forms.
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell (carried over)
Really start on the faculty report.
Continue recycling paper copies of articles.
Brainstorm two article ideas.
Change the conflicting doctor appointment.
1) Read and prepare to discuss two papers for a
works-in-progress thing on Thursday.
2) Closely read reviewer notes on edited collection so that co-editor and I can discuss them and send them out to contributors ASAP.
3) Start "writing" ch. 1. ("Writing" must be in quotes there, because really. I am not ready to write, only to "write.")
4) Shorten Kzoo paper--this will probably wait till next week, but who knows.
5) Stretch nightly before bed.
1 finish and submit book reviews: in progress
2 draft cfp for slash collection: in progress
3 organize judges for conference: done.
4 submit abstract for one-day conference: in progress
JaneB (carried over)
1) contact GP
2) prepare for week 11
3) make a list of the marking I have to do and see what might need delaying
4) other lists. Just make the lists.
5) move, eat reasonably, drink water, try to sleep at 'appropriate' times
1. Write 2 x NTRO pieces
2. Do 2 yoga classes
3. Block out marking time over the next week
4. keep VILE up to date, and make a start on next semester's VILE.
Susan (carried over)
1. Finish this chapter (doable) before trip to Library
2. Keep reading ms.
3. Do fun thing
4. Go to all the meetings
5. Keep up with exercise & good eating
6. Set up Mom's new computer (hangs over me . . .anxiety.)
ADJUSTED SESSION GOALS
goal: 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
Analysis and paper on fun Local Project
Make progress on Small Book Project (delayed from old grant)
Get fancy new grant project started off well
Support students through thesis proposal and writing stages
Dame Eleanor Hull
Stay healthy, sleep a lot.
Finish WH chapter, work on FC chapter, work on introduction, write prospectus.
Write conference paper for April.
Do fun stuff!
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
1) Things that will happen, because they must:
a) Invited essay due in February
b) Kalamazoo paper due in early May
c) Stay on top of new graduate seminar
2) Research and write a series of vignettes. Make steady progress; work on this weekly.
3) Establish a good early-morning routine, with full awareness that this will change once it gets light enough to run in the mornings, and/or that it may not be identical every morning of the week. Build in flexibility, in other words.
4) Stretch and write in my journal at least every other night.
5) Keep the step-counter in perspective. It serves me; I do not serve it.
6) Sabbatical prep: Rent an apartment in France; rent out our house; apply for visas; enroll Bonaventure in school or, if that's not possible, create a concrete plan for doing so.
1 write Boredom chapter
2 write Food chapter
3 write Roma conference presentation
4 organize all the Tiny Project drafts
5 submit DQ proposal
1) Survival-with-kindness in teaching
2) self-care - the big thing to deal with here is putting
time for things I enjoy ahead of spending time on not-100%-essential-things for
work (reusing some of last years recordings, not always fixing the
3) be ready for Teaching Toolkit and Society Course by the end of this block
4) work steadily on Why and Annoying Chapter, & resist the urge to feel too responsible for any delays
1. Submit co-authored KL article
2. Have VILE (also love and am adopting that misread acronym) ready for sem 2 unit
3. Have all marking for sem 1 turned around in two weeks
4. Have winter garden planted and cared for
5. Finish one making project per month
1. Finish first draft of famous author, begin revisions
2. Start drafting essay for June conference related to Persistence
3. Keep up with teaching, don't get overwhelmed.
4. Do stuff for professional organization
5. Do garden stuff so I can plant new tree
6. Spend time with my mother
7. Spend time with friends
8. Read for fun