I can’t believe I’m halfway through the week that is spring break. I’ve gotten some good work done, but I also feel like I don’t feel like doing the work that remains. What remains?
- Revisions on an article, which are due by month’s end.
- Revisions on another article, to submit to another journal.
- Reckoning with the various pieces of my book manuscript and really making a plan to get the whole thing “finished” (well, in a state where it has a beginning, a middle and an end, so then I can revise it with the hope of sending it out).
- Send an email to the editor that expressed interest in the book project.
Basically, I need probably 3 solid days of work to accomplish these three things, but I’m feeling a decided lack of motivation today. So what I need to do is really just to make a decision: do I take today off, with a plan of getting back to work tomorrow through Saturday? Or do I force myself to do some work today, even though all I want to do is watch television and knit? Oh, decisions, decisions.
I’m actually pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished so far this break. I did some cleaning, I did some preparatory stuff for making my application for full professor (which I should note I feel like it’s too soon to do, but there are political reasons why I should submit an application in the fall regardless of my “feelings” – and since there is no penalty for going up and being rejected, it really is worth it to do it), I’ve gotten myself well ahead on reading for the end of the semester – only 3 books that I really should reread (re-skim, really, for I have good notes in all of them) remain!, I wrote and submitted another abstract for consideration for another MLA panel (I’ve put myself in the running for three panels, two of which are special sessions, so I felt the need to hedge my bets since I really want to go to MLA but I also know that if I want to get funded I need to be on the program and special sessions are in no way guaranteed, and that’s even assuming that I get selected for the proposals -although I do know already I’ve been selected for one of the special sessions, which is a combined allied organization panel, so I’m hopeful that will be accepted). I’ve gotten some knitting done, too. All in all, I should probably put a little less pressure on myself.
I guess the issue is that I know that once this week is over that I’m going to be slammed for the next 8 weeks, and I fear that if I “waste” this time with things like, I don’t know, rest and relaxation, I’ll regret it later. Probably what I should do, though, since rest and relaxation are not a waste of time, is split the difference, and do some work and some relaxing, and give myself permission not to accomplish all the things. We’ll see.
And really I do need to knit. I’m just half-way done with the wrap I’m knitting for HS BFF’s wedding in August, and given the fact that I started on it in like October, that means I’ve got to make some serious progress for it to be ready in time. Here it is so far:
What you can’t really see in the photo is that the yarn is flecked with gold, so it shimmers quite prettily. Yes, I think at the very least I’m going to knit for a couple of hours right now. Time enough for revisions once I’ve gotten some knitting out of my system. It is spring break, after all 🙂