Hello everyone - I hope you all had a good week. So nice to welcome Julie to TLQ, and to welcome some regulars. If anyone else wants to join in please feel free to do so! Any typos are definitely to be blamed on my cat, Fluffball (nom de blog), who is having a needy day and is encroaching onto the keyboard very slowly. It would be cute if I didn't have two sets of slides to make and a ton of emails to deal with today!
Last week Dame Eleanor prompted us to think about spirals, and I wanted to share a couple of spiral images to start off our new week,
|A spiral galaxy (photo from NASA)|
|The kerbstone from Newgrange, Ireland (c. 5000 years old)|
The spirals then made me think of Lim Heng Swee, an artist I recently came across, whose work I really enjoy.
This week, let's explore the idea of the journey through the semester a bit more. In talking about spirals, the idea of spiral movement kept coming up - going through the same piece of writing repeatedly to develop it from plan to draft to full piece, spirals as helices or as cycles around the same thing, but seeing it differently and adding to it each time, or spirals as meditative paths. The western/northern hemisphere academic cycle, with new year in August/September, a welcome break at Christmas, the long slog of winter into spring, the frenzy of exams and finishings, and then the promise of rest in the heat of summer which never quite comes to fruition, but maybe next year, has been the backdrop of my life since I started school, and sometimes that's a blessing, bringing continual new starts, and sometimes a bane, inexorable and implacable. How do cycles affect you? Does your week have a regular cycle, or your day, or each project or class? Do you find them restrictive, or long for more regularity? Let's talk about how we can use cycles to enhance our lives rather than getting stuck within them, and how to make space for the exceptional, the unexpected, the original moments that come along.
Last week's goals:
Open big joint effort
paper and see if I can start the revisions on my own
Order lab supplies and pay lab bills
Pick one section of grant application and write it
Dame Eleanor Hull
- Add 1000 words to
- Finish reading C&C book
- Finish grading undergrad paper set
- Grade grad paper set
- Prep for Dead Language Group
- Work on tidying bookshelves in my study
Elizabeth Anne Mitchell
plan for the session;
Hone some ideas for a couple of articles.
Continue physical therapy and go to doctor’s appointment.
If time allows, free write on a few other possible topics.
1) Look at Darmstadt
2) On Friday, summarize my notes in a way that will make it easy to remember the important points of what I saw
3) Have fun with friend (and my family) in Freiburg on Saturday
1 catch up on grading
2 write 1000 words for Food chapter
3 create module structure for online class
4 catch up on emails and organizing online files
1) survive chaotic
2) get ViLE pages set up for next week
3) touch one of the papers
4) do minimum house chores that got lost last weekend.
Prep for various
meetings relating to new admin role in the department (a small role, but requires
getting to grips with new processes)
Write a draft of an application for a pot of university funding to send to my mentor by Friday.
Read a PhD student's chapter
Work through a set of 18th century accounts I'm using for an article I want to submit by the end of the month.