Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Countdown to Summer

Most colleges and universities have finished for the year, but here on the west coast schools often use the 'quarter' system: we have three ten week terms instead of 2 15 week terms. There are pros and cons of each, but right now is one of the cons. Most other schools are done (and so it is hard to get in touch with colleagues, get reviews of manuscripts, etc) but we have about three weeks left. It works out better when everyone else is back to school mid-August and we're off until the end of September, so I'll have to remember that in a few months. Additionally, all the 'work' that a faculty should take care of is now crammed into the last few weeks of school: graduate defenses and decisions, committee work, prep for next year, lots of details that on their own don't take a whole lot of time, but all thrown into the last two weeks makes it a bit on the busy side.

So yesterday I had meetings, this morning meetings, tomorrow meetings, Thursday night 'grad' night to celebrate our ad students, and then after Memorial day two more weeks of meeting and then graduation and then...deep breath. All of these squeezed in between classes and research and grading and everything else.

Anyway, I'm 'simplifying' my projects for the next few weeks...nothing fancy, just straightforward escapist knitting. Then, once classes are over, I'm trying lace. Honest.

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