Monthly Archives: December 2014

New Year’s Eve

The last 2.5 weeks have been strange. I realize I miss the academic calendar insofar as its end is a brilliant way to recognize that Christmas Is Coming.  Without it, we sort of slip into the holidays without that lovely delightful threshold. Via Facebook and Twitter, I saw my friends grading papers, administering exams, and submitting grades, and missed this routine that is important for wrapping up the term but also as an indication it’s time to return to family life, bake some cookies, decorate the tree, etc.  I sort of missed that obvious break, maybe because, after so many tough weeks of a normal semester, hitting the SUBMIT GRADES button sort of signals that it’s time to relax a little and indulge in happy holiday stuff.  So, sabbatical is weird that way.  I wish I had set up a stronger ritual of conclusion for myself to take the place of the other one.  Will do so this spring, so I know when summer really starts–not that we’ll be heading to our non-existent lake house or something. But somehow it seems important.

Sabbatical is great, but I do miss the routine.  Not sure if that’s because the routine is so great, or if after 15 years it’s just so deeply ingrained that I don’t know what to do without it.


New Workout Regimen for 2015


It’s never too early to start making those New Year’s resolutions.  Here’s to FitWrists in 2015!

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What’s Been Up For Two Weeks / Bonus Wisdom From Ron Swanson

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Last week was Thanksgiving, and for some nutty reason public schools now think kids need a whole week off at this point of the  year.  So, house full of Hobbits–or let me rephrase, Mind Palace invaded by Hobbits–I went into the week knowing there was not going to be a lot of work done, and so it was.  And maybe that’s alright to self-assign a vacation week, although I am sure lots of people looking at Sabbatical-land imagine it’s one big vacation.  That’s not true, although I do believe I am working something more like a 40-hour week than I do during a typical academic year, and spending much more of my workweek in my slippers than normal.

So I took Thanksgiving week off.  On Tuesday the Hobbits and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the newly-opened Islamic galleries, so that was nice.  On Thursday we hosted 15 people for Thanksgiving dinner, which almost never never ever happens when I am teaching, so that was nice too.

This week, I’m back at it.  Day in, day out, editing like nuts and wondering (still) at what point you pull the plug on the editing.  Sadly, Ron Swanson does not address this particular question.  Still, his words are worth reviewing.

Happy weekend.


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