The thing that made yesterday special was that I got to show my baby girl where I spend my days
where I go to think hard/problem solve/hustle like hell doing work I am passionate about (before rushing home to the people I love most).
There are times I feel guilty that I don’t stay home with my nugget like my mama did with us. But then there are days like yesterday where I have the opportunity to share my professional life with my daughter
and I am hopeful that someday, she will be proud of (inspired by?) the commitment I have to not only our family but also my career and it will encourage her (and her little sister-to-be) to contribute….and make their marks on the world.
That is my hope, at least.
Ah…to be as fabulous as Ms. Emily. I’ve always loved her blog, but her posts about life as a working parent have become my favorites.
My mind’s a good place. I’m not playing my usual “reread and revise 100 times, changing approximately 1 word with each revision, can’t let it go because I’m so OCD about classes” game.
I do this every once in awhile. I get excited and make plans and before I know it every single weekend in the foreseeable future is spoken for.
This weekend we go to Minneapolis to see one of my good friends from grad school.
Next weekend is Indiana for my parents’ anniversary and because I won’t see my mom on Mother’s Day.
The weekend after that we go to New York City for some family time.
And then two weekends after that is a camping trip up in Wisconsin.
And then the summer brings weddings (to Wisconsin again), family trips (various places in Indiana and to Vermont), and a conference (to Edmonton, in Canada).
I’m going to love every single minute of each of these trips, but with all the traveling I’ve already done these past few weeks (Florida…Vancouver…) and all the work this quarter has brought, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the time and money we’re spending away from home.
I know it’s a good problem to have. But I’m putting the rest of the spring and summer on lockdown. No more plans, no more commitments.
- 1 class of papers graded.
- 90 minutes of work on course outline logged.
- Inbox cleaned up.
- 3 articles read.
- 1 45-minute nap taken.
- Delicious, delicious banh mi consumed.
And I’m starting to get nauseous from looking at the computer screen for so long. Time to be d.o.n.e.
I’m having a little work party today. I have piles and piles of tasks to sort through…papers to grade, articles to read, a research project to start…The conference was fantastic, but it certainly took a big bite out of my schedule.
I went to yoga this morning (in the butterfly sanctuary at the nature museum - so cool), ate a good breakfast, showered, and now I’m in sweatpants, sipping coffee, settled in for as many hours of work as I can crank out this beautiful Saturday. It sounds like a bummer, but I’m actually looking forward to it. Also, Kevin is insisting we get banh mi later, which will be a fun little break, and then tonight as a reward we’re going to a blues club.
Not a bad Saturday, in my book. And I’ll start next week feeling organized.
Ah! I lost.
Two people who I didn’t see at the meet & greet and whose names I don’t recognize won. They haven’t posted the total vote count for everybody, but the winners got something like 60 votes each.
Well, it was an interesting ride. Thanks so much to all of you for your support!
Nope - nothing yet. I’m not sure when to expect the results or how.
I’m really not nervous about losing. I think it would take something of an upset or weird vote breakdown for me to get it. What I’m nervous about is losing by an embarrassing amount of votes. I mean, seriously…what if I only get two - mine and Kevin’s?
I’ve had a bit of a bummer of a day personally. No big deal - not even worth going into. Just not the best day I’ve ever had.
However, professionally, things are awesome. Best they’ve been in awhile.
At my conference, I did what I said I would. I said hi to people I was nervous to say hi to…I asked a question (the first question, in a big room!)…I picked sessions well, for the most part, and paid attention (I really have to watch myself - I space out too easily). I just learned a lot and really loved being there.
Also, I voted for myself for LSC this morning. As you could probably tell from my posts, the process of running for this office was hard for me. For some reason, it all made me really nervous. So I’m proud to have gone through with it. It was good for so many reasons. I feel more woven into my community. I feel more confident that I can take professional steps that are difficult for me. I feel more likely to do public service in the future.
And finally, I got word last night that this article I’ve been submitting for publication FINALLY got a revise & resubmit after three rejections.
It’s nice to have a big, full life with lots of different things going on. When things at work are tough, it’s great to have family, friends, and fun to rely on. And when outside-of-work life is less than ideal, it’s really wonderful to have interesting projects to chip away at while you wait for it all to settle down.