If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RBOC: The Semester Is Over But I'm Still Working Edition

  • I have had two (count 'em 2!) students come into my office to tell me they are pregnant this week.  It is interesting to be at an age where my child is out of the house and a new pregnancy is almost an impossibility and to be mentoring women who are just embarking on this journey.  One of them is graduating in early May and due at the end of May.  She has asked me to be her doula.  I was honored and, of course, said yes.  The other is a doctoral student halfway through our program.  It will be a challenge but she will manage just fine.
  • I am on a search committee for two (count 'em 2!) Assistant Professor positions that is on a fast track because we are worried about a hiring freeze.  We have a plethora of outstanding candidates, have been working hard, and still have much work ahead of us.
  • I am the doctoral coordinator and on the doctoral admissions team.  We have a healthy number of excellent applicants and much work ahead of us.
  • Tonight I coordinated a faculty/student end-of-the-semester soiree at my favorite watering hole.  It went quite well.
  • Grades are all in except for one wayward student.  I took a student on as an independent study to help her out and she has yet to turn in her final paper.  
  • I have two other independent study students that I already had to give incompletes, which means they will extend into my spring semester.
  • We officially launched one of my new projects last night with 4 interviews completed.  I am very excited.  I have a great team of students and high hopes for this project.
  • Did I mention that b and I are moving?  Yes, with all the house problems that occurred a few weeks ago, I pushed forward on a listing that seemed perfect for us.  Consequently we will be moving at the end of the month.  We are currently purging and packing.  Pictures of the new digs will follow shortly. 


Ianqui said...

In case your misery loves company, I am also on a search committee and I'm the doctoral coordinator and on the admissions teams. I feel that pain.

Catherine said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Congrats on finding a new place. Can't wait to see photos.

Mom said...

I'm glad you found a new place so quickly. I hope it's still convenient for work. And I hope it has a good heating system, since South Lite seems to be getting colder. As they say, climate change may be a better term than global warming.

Annie said...

Hi Brigindo,
I'm glad you found a new place, though sorting and packing will take a bit of energy. I hope you find some time to relax during your break!

Maggie May said...

so busy! how lovely to be asked to be a doula :)

Julie said...

I'm late for this one, so I hope by the time I send this comment, you're able to relax a bit. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your new place. Have a wonderful break!

ruth pennebaker said...

Moving? We are, too, at the end of January. I am losing my mind, but you sound quite sane.