Friday, January 05, 2024

Five on the last Friday of break

1) Everyone should get a couple of weeks off at the end of the year to rest, reset, and restore themselves. I think I've done all three this time. Happy to report that I'm not clawing myself or pulling out hair--my literal scars are healing. 

2) I'm SO excited to meet my new (and old) students and get started on my new (and old) courses.

3) Committee work will make it tough this term--my standing committees meet late on my teaching days and because I'm on a couple of search committees, I will be on campus until late every day next week either wining and dining candidates or doing a chunk of video interviews. Big A and Nu are going to have to step up to dinner every day next week and at least twice a week after that.

4) So. Many. Meetings. And these are such a big responsibility. It might be just one of the many meetings in my day, but it could be the most important meeting of the other person's day, and that's something to take very seriously. (I do, which is why they're so depleting.)

5) Pic: Max and Huck say they're not mad; they're just disappointed break is over. 

6 comments:

Nicole said...

Not mad, just disappointed.
I am so happy you are feeling restored and are healing. I was worried about you! You have a lot on your plate and you feel so strongly for other people, which is what I love about you AND which can be depleting in itself. I am so happy you're rested now. xoxoxo

Gillian said...

Nice.

StephLove said...

I'm glad you got a chance to recharge. Good luck in the new semester.

maya said...

Thank you, Nicole, Gillian, and Steph!! <3

NGS said...

Time off is just so rejuvenating. I am glad you feel refreshed and ready to go back!

Sarah said...

I have very very light committee work this semester, ad it makes a HUGE difference— even though service is usually a fun part of my job.

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