I hope you're all enjoying your little treats, because this is a good news/bad news week, or a Fortunately/Unfortunately story. Hang on . . .
Fortunately, the higher-ups approved all our extra expenses.
Unfortunately, we can't use our credit card because the island has been hit by a massive storm and all communications are down.
Fortunately, we had just received a shipment of supplies, including several kg of baking potatoes, lots of yarn, chocolate, our Secret Gift items, and, oh, I'm not sure, the interns are still unpacking.
Unfortunately, a stowaway kitten tangled all the yarn.
Fortunately, it's ridiculously cute, and young enough that our on-set cats are adopting it as a mascot rather than getting territorial.
Unfortunately, we don't have enough fuel to run generators for all the cabins, yurts, etc.
Fortunately, we do have fuel enough for the generator at the main lodge, so there are cooking facilities, lights, hot showers, and laundry facilities there.
Unfortunately, it's raining buckets so you are pretty much guaranteed to get soaked on your way here.
Fortunately, we also have a large stash of firewood and there's a huge fire going, so pack your things into plastic bags and come on down to bake potatoes and make s'mores. Bring any stashes of food you have in your cabin/tent/yurt and we can make Stone Soup; bring your art supplies and we can either add to the Secret Gifts or wrap them beautifully. (But beware of kitten! Anyone who finds untangling yarn relaxing is going to have a lovely time . . . )
What items or skills can you contribute? What are you hoping the interns will find in our last shipment from the mainland? Faced with a storm, are you more likely to hunker down in your cabin and sleep through it under your down comforter, or come down to the lodge and make the best of things in the group?
We hope you'll check in and let us know how things are going!
Contingent Cassandra (held over)
--Finish grading the lit midterms
--Finish grading the comp proposals
--Keep up with writing/posting post-conference summaries (including preliminary grades for truly complete drafts; not sure how many of those I'll see)
--Grade at least 2 sets of lit
--It would be nice if I got the
books boxed, dining table cleared, and the fall/Thanksgiving tablecloth put on.
--Make progress on one church
project that is now time-sensitive: write preliminary publicity copy;
correspond with potential speakers
--Try for even a modest amount of
movement each day: a short walk, some stretching, and/or some weight-lifting.
ONE PAPER!!! DO IT!!!!
Data section for other paper
Budget for big association
Lab stuff, get samples in oven
Dame Eleanor Hull
- swim and cardio once each (gym
closed most of this week), weights twice, yoga 5-6 times.
- grade a set of papers, plus a
couple from mini-class
- research 1 hour x 5, mainly Latin,
conference paper project; ten minutes a day on KW chapter
- research possible Latin texts for
spring reading group
- look at some MS images (being
consultant to another scholar)
- take Sir John to a medical
- have relaxing holiday week (my
original plan was to get a lot of work done while I didn't have any meetings,
but at this point . . .)
1. Get some exercise. My knee hurts
because I attempted a wall squat yesterday, so I think that stretching and yoga
should be a priority.
2. Work on my book x 5 (can be just
reading a little bit!)
3. Enjoy Thanksgiving with my
family! Take some time off!
4. Read and prep for Monday's class;
read ahead because this novel is long and dense and I also need to recall where
I need to issue content warnings
(In recovery mode)
1. Report on PhD thesis and viva on
2. Workshop on grants (also
3. Student meetings
4. Finish article revisions
5. Conversation about research
7. At least one house job.
8 Start Christmas prep.
9. Read book for book club meeting
Susan (held over)
1. Finish at least three more papers
from Big Collaboration and send them back. If I'm doing really well, I'll do
more, but not going to pressure myself.
2. Get the next week of LMS stuff
posted before I go.
3. Prepare for conference
4. Have fun at conference
5. Try not to worry too much about
what's happening at home.