Oh, it’s that time of year again, my dears, where I realize that it’s probably impossible to do all of the things that remain on my summer to-do list. And by “probably” I mean “totally.” Now, this is in part my own stupid fault because I refuse to be a workaholic for the next month. Last weekend A. was in town for our annual weekend of awesomeness, which was an excellent success, and Thursday FL gets into town for a weekend visit. Then, the following weekend my mom is coming to town and we’re going to go to The World’s Longest Yard Sale!!!!! It’s going to be great. But this means that over that three week period, I will have lost 15 potential work-days. Perhaps not the wisest scheduling on my part, but fun! And then my ambitious summer schedule has been negatively affected by adding in three grant applications, which I hadn’t had on my agenda originally, as well as the work that goes along with the one grant of those that I already was awarded (internal), which while not a lot of work, is still time spent away from my other work. Add to this the pesky problem of needing to prepare myself to teach four classes, and, well, you see the difficulty.
But so this seems like as good a time as any to reflect on what I have accomplished, because what good will it do to beat myself up about what I can’t get done? That’s right, none. So what have I done with my summer of 2012?
- Visited BFF.
- Finished writing an article, polished it, and submitted it to a journal.
- Read a handful of books for pleasure.
- Figured out three grants to apply for, one related to research and two related to teaching.
- Completed the application for one of the teaching grants.
- An exceptional amount of reading, including but not limited to around 25 scholarly books (though obviously I wasn’t just luxuriating in them but reading them for what I need, so in some cases that amounted to a few chapters), as well as three or four novels related to research/teaching.
- Had my aunt, cousin, and cousin’s son come visit for a weekend of fun.
- Went to Hometown for a week and attended my HS reunion.
- Learned that I’ve been accepted to November conference, so thought a bit about what I’ll be presenting there.
- Learned that I can go up for full in Fall 2013, so began to think about what I need to do in order to be in position to do that successfully.
- Plowed through reading about 50 journal articles.
- Learned that I received the one internal grant, so then have been doing some planning for meeting its terms.
- Read a bunch of theory that I’d not read before (approx. 300 pages).
- Revisited the outline of my book and refined the overall argument.
- Planned what will be the first chapter of the book, and got about 15 pages solid pages written, as well as a huge mass of note-y pages that are in outline form, so really all that’s left is to write around the notes and that chapter will be done (the goal is that I’ll have a (rough, but complete) draft of that chapter by July 31.
- Reorganized my Big Binder of the Book project.
- Bought a new refrigerator and stove (for I SHALL redo my kitchen this year! I shall!)
- Worked on the application for Teaching Grant #2 (with the goal being that I’ll have a draft of that written by the time that my mom arrives the night of Aug. 2.
- Signed up for a day-long internal conference thing.
- Registered for an actual conference at which I’ll be presenting in November.
- Worked on the syllabi for two of my four courses in Fall (nearly complete, just a few tweaks left to deal with for those classes).
- Had visitors two of four weekends.
All of this is a lot of things. I need to get over the fact that some of my original summer goals are pushed back a little. When the semester is underway, I am not going to feel like I wasted this summer. I mean – seriously! And even with doing all of that, I’ve socialized with my local friends, gone to the pool a bunch, and managed to take an afternoon nap most days! I am delightful! I accomplish all the things!
So on that positive note, I need to go accomplish some things with my day, including to work on Teaching Grant #2, as well as to reorganize my closet and do laundry.