This marks my third weekend in a row of visitors, and while I am VERY much looking forward to seeing my mom, I’ve gotta say, the three weekends of people has taken a toll on my productivity over the past three weeks. After FL left on Sunday, I basically just took three days to decompress – reading novels (not for work), knitting, sleeping, etc. Today I did get half of my narrative portion of my grant application drafted (though I’m sure it will need substantial revision, at least I’ve stopped procrastinating about getting going on it), but still, I’m behind. And I realize that with school starting in just a couple of weeks (well, the meetings start on the 13th, classes don’t start until the 20th), and then with plans to be out of town three weekends in September, I’m likely to remain behind until October. I do not love that. October is going to have to be a catch-up month for sure. Sigh.
Whatever. My life is going to be MUCH less complicated this semester than it’s been since my sabbatical, what with shifting out of super-stressful service roles and having a very reasonable teaching schedule (for the first time in three semesters I will actually have a lunch break on the days that I do most of my teaching! and I’m finally teaching a bunch of repeat preps, after three semesters of, well, NOT having that luxury), I do have high hopes that the momentum I’ve built throughout this summer on the book project won’t be for nothing – that I’ll actually be able to maintain a research and writing schedule during the semester. But can I get the manuscript completed and submitted by December? Yeah, I don’t know. It’s the goal, but I’m not sure if it’s possible. I guess I’ll just have to see what I can manage in the midst of teaching and everything.
What is sick is that I’d really rather keep working on the grant as opposed to getting some crap done around the house for my mom’s arrival. Ah well, maybe there will be some time for me to work on it some more after I get the householdy things done. And if not, I suppose I can get those things done when she leaves Sunday….