Well that flew by! It's still hot and summery here, but in the US I know some schools are going back and others preparing, and there's a definite make the most of the dregs of summer feeling around. In the Celtic Year, the month of August is in autumn, although in meteorological terms in the northern hemisphere it's usually the last month of Summer, and in astronomical terms Summer doesn't end until the Autumn equinox, September 21st. All of which is to avoid saying - we're done with this session. Thank you all for your company!
Like all breaks, much as we enjoyed taking a break in our journey, the time to get packed up and moving has snuck up on us, and it's time to discuss how we got on. We have two things to review this week, last week's goals and (collected together at the end) our session goals.
This week's discussion points are two-fold, and we do encourage all readers to join in, whether you checked in regularly or not! First, we've talked a lot about what we want to leave behind and what we want to bring with us to bring summer into the academic year. Let's treat this as the new start it can be, and make a new academic year resolution or two - or of you're not a resolution kind of person, set an intention, pick a word, or choose a mantra or motto for the year. Essentially, in whatever mode suits each of us, let's share our main wish or intention or request for the academic year we're going into.
Second - the next session! Does anyone want to host? When should we start? I'd be willing to co-host again unless someone or two someones are keen!
LAST WEEK'S GOALS:
- Get ready for vacation trip!
- Get ready for field course teaching immediately after trip
- Edits for old paper after coauthor shreds it again
- Course outline for new class, and first 5 lectures
- Work through first 2 labs for new course
- Turn paper notes into something less random
- Read/edit giant report
Dame Eleanor Hull
- -daily yoga, walking, safe eating, work bedtime back to 11 at latest
- -finish planning one class and set up its VILE site
- -research at least 1 hour/day
- -dentist, walk w/friend, daily weeding, replace another electronic gadget, other Life Stuff as possible
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell (carried over)
- Outline two female patrons.
- Outline two female translators.
(no goals set, but in France!)
JaneB (carried over, because she forgot)
- 1) work my contracted hours (nominally 22.5 in August . . . will either be working M-W or . . . M-Th but as four short days)
- 2) do some things on the lists -
- 3) replenishment: back to basics - keep it up. Eating plenty of fruit and veg, drinking enough water, a small exercise habit (10 minutes a day of deliberate exercise), a small chore habit (5 minutes of picking up or one of the recurring chores like a load of laundry each day), journal daily.
- 3a) substantial house projects: make the main downstairs room and the hall not too embarrassing before my sister 's visits
- 4) pressure reduction: apply for the administrative role, work on the honours module
- 5) fun/creative: do something social beyond the basics/read for half an hour at least 3 days/do at least two crochet stripes on the "desert colours" blanket project/play D&D, write another job board game or do other prep/play with watercolours a couple of times.
Karen (carried over)
- -teach the five classes I'm down for this week
- -keep just-in-time VILE content ticking over
- -mark and release first assessments
- -get to one yoga class
- Pack up my entire life and office (ten years of rocks is a LOT!) and move…
- Get child settled in new place…
- Adopt cats
- Finish one almost complete paper, preferably before the moving stuff really hits the fan and I start field work again because then everything else is off the table.
- Do a decent job on new project paper with colleague I really want to help.
- Finish conference finances and wrap-up reports for giant and totally awesome conference that just finished.
- Write conference how-to guide with all new hybrid meeting stuff.
- Field work and all attached writing things with student.
Dame Eleanor Hull
- - keep regular office hours for research/writing and teaching prep
- - keep moving forward, rotate projects, don't get stuck
- - do one significant Life Stuff task per week
- - plan weekly Fun Activities
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
- 1. Revise intro for WH and resubmit manuscript.
- 2. Messy zero draft of chapter 1.
- 3. Substantive notes regarding what might find its way into the other chapters.
- 4. Letter of recommendation; tenure letter.
- 5. ... all the things. Touch up paint here and there, paint counters, clean garage, clean workroom, dispose of all recyclable/donate-able stuff, thoroughly clean Bonaventure's room, wash windows and screens, make steps and path in the garden, stack firewood, clean EVERYTHING, and pack stuff away to make it hospitable to the renters.
- 6. Car inspections, wash cars, possibly get "Real" driver's license (finally), move secondary car to mom's house.
- 1 edit summer online class
- 2 outline fall online class
- 3 complete spring online class
- 1 submit abstract for lit-lit
- 2 finish food chapter
- 3 outline boredom
- 4 lit review for dark
- 5 draft cfp for mind
- 6 write proposal for DQ
- 7 write presentation for Life
- 1) Personal replenishment household rescue, reviewing my finances, thinking through some things, getting some counselling, moving more and eating better and working on my sleep schedule
- 2) Reducing the pressures next year - I need to do as much teaching preparation as I can, in a more systematic way, especially for the heavy points in the trimester - whatever I can do to not have to work quite such long hours. If it happens, I will also be applying to be Teaching Tsar, which would come with a lot of work but also teaching reallocation. This one will also involve working on my campus space and on feeling safe and confident on campus, which is both about never having liked or enjoyed my current office which was never properly unpacked when I moved into it multiple years ago and the whole lack of COVID precautions and greater awareness of how unhealthy our indoor spaces on campus are (and worse anxiety about windowless teaching rooms).
- 3) Minimising my research expectations I'm part of two research grant applications which will hopefully get submitted this summer, and have one paper where I'm lead and need to do a last round of edits/comment incorporating before it is submitted. I'd also 'like' to write a PhD student project application for later summer but that's not essential.
- 4) Write for pleasure, read for pleasure, do something crafty, and play D&D.
- - Complete first draft of KL article
- - Grant application done
- - Start semester 2 with VILE eight weeks ahead
- - Keep attending to self-care