Less than angels

The Barbara Pym Society meets this weekend at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, to celebrate the writer’s centenary.

Here, it’s schoolwork, laundry, and other life stuff.

Big Chunks of Things:

  • Finish reading and comment on hellaciously long thesis draft done for now
  • Comments for three two one other students on final NLNRU papers
  • Grade at least 4 2 portfolios for regular junior students

Medium-Sized Things:

  • 12-minute chunk of writing
  • Reconcile admissions spreadsheet for summer workshop, make contact as necessary with late admits and people on waitlist, get ready to contact people who haven’t paid
  • Draft a review guide for my regular junior class exam (thank goodness, Dr. Tea has already made and shared hers, so I should be able to crib off of that)
  • Clear out email inbox (which I’d been keeping to 20 active items, but which has ballooned to 45)–some of these things will disappear as I deal with other list items Pared this down to 20 12 10 and still shrinking.
  • Comment on a friend’s poem
  • Laundry
  • Exercise
  • Revise SA deployment plan yet again (following meeting with GGE on Friday; probably more on this later)

Small but Necessary Things:

  • Remaining paperwork for Snork Maiden’s summer program
  • Resignation letter for NLNRU and also sign contract for summer advising
  • Handful of emails (five or six?) related to summer conference and travel
  • Scan/send paperwork on Monday morning
  • Added: Grocery store
  • Added: Pick up Snork Maiden and friend from a study session, give them dinner, drop friend off home

Here’s the awesome thing I realized this morning: although I only have a little more than two weeks (!) until I leave for what will amount to about a month away from home, I will have more unstructured time in those two weeks than usual, because we only have a few more days of classes, and although I’ll be proctoring some exams and grading final projects, I will only have one class of exams to grade!  (AP kids usually don’t have a final exam–they have a culminating paper or presentation instead.)

I have a bunch of other things I want to write about–how a student with whom I’ve worked particularly closely was selected by his peers to speak at graduation, what it’s like starting to be chair of the department, summer plans, thoughts about next year.  For now, though, the list awaits.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a great day.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Good luck finishing up the school year! And let’s be in touch about your summer travel plans.


  2. Posted by Pym Fan on June 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Goodness, what a list! As always, I’m impressed by how much you get done. Here’s to those two less-structured weeks. (And happy centenary, Barbara!)


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