Monday, September 19, 2011
Is that Fall? or Collapse? Listing . . .
Wow! It's not officially arrived yet, but Fall is kicking my ass, schedule-wise, and it's showing up right here. I'm letting an extra day or two lapsed between posts, and when I get to them, my enthusiasm lacks conviction. While I often finish my runs by scribbling ideas for future posts, they're generally ideas that require more time to pursue than seems to be available. Even a quick foray into the garden with my camera seems a challenge recently, plus the weather hasn't made that terribly appealing. As you've noticed, I've been pulling out photos from last spring's travels to share, but that trick has to be rationed lest you abandon me in droves.
So I'm trying something completely different today: I'm going with point form and with lists. Killing two birds with one stone, I'm going to make a post of getting myself organized. You've been warned, and I'll understand if you choose to leave now. No hard feelings. Really.
Have they all gone, then? Now, where was I.
Oh, yes . . . .
--Write Research Leave Report (convincing Board that 70% salary was justified, thus ensuring possibility of future leaves.Almost Finished. Yay!!
--Write Application for (very small) Grant to support a Book Club I've started for International ESL students Finished & Submitted
--E-mail respective deans, support people, re plans for this year's Book Club; choose dates; make up and distribute posters; send e-mail to list-serve First task done, still have to choose dates, etc.*
--Finish course outline for next term's ENGL 450 so I can get book order to bookstore for last week's deadline. Not Done! Must be done this week! ***
--Write proposal for Canlit essay collection CFP
--Write proposal for Slayage conference
--Write proposal for ACCUTE (November deadline!)
-- Decide whether to write proposal for Urban Lit panel
-- Figure out how to set up effective Forums on Moodle
--Contact other members of Recruiting Committee to set up work toward spring recruiting fair.
--See hearing specialist, dentist, doctor (long overdue pap, especially) Appointment done for hearing, dentist is next week, doctor's appointment has to be re-scheduled, AGAIN!**
--Need to visit my mom soon!
--Get down to Victoria to visit son and his GF. This very pleasant to-do accomplished this weekend. Check!
--Run a half-marathon.Registered for one October 16th
--Knitting -- should do finishing on the mohair dress; finish knitting tweed dress; start gloves; make more socks for Christmas gifts; choose cardi pattern to make for Nola; make the Cobblestone sweater for Paul
--Try to manage some de-cluttering Sorted out 7 or 8 pairs of shoes I'm not wearing and took them to Consignment Store. Gave one really good pair to a daughter. Several bags of clothes ready for Goodwill and have moved to trunk of car for delivery.
--Need to spend at least a few hours in the garden on fall clean-up, bulbs, transplanting, etc. -- or at least enough time to delegate tasks to Paul. (so glad one of us is retired!)
--Must organize a family dinner soon, and what about Thanksgiving?
Ongoing background (daily-weekly stuff)
-- Prep courses each week; marking
YIKES!! Just realized that this includes re-reading novel for ENGL 125 by next week!! Get that book out now!
--Pilates classes x2
--Three shorter runs 6-8kms, easy; speed, stairs and one long weekend run (about 2 hours)
--Blogging -- and I'm behind again (still? always?) on my Reading Blog,
--Big stack of books to read. Big Stack!!
PERSONAL TO DOs for THIS WEEK:
Phone VOA to find out where our Opera tickets are
Renew memberships for UBC-MOA and for Vancouver Art Gallery
Clear off/organize my desk so I can see past all the clutter.
I'm sure your lists are long as well. Any secrets for getting it all done? Any magic wands you'd care to share? Personal secretaries you'd like to lend out? Let me know, would you? Meanwhile, I'm off to prep tonight's class after which I'm phoning about the opera tix and phoning the Dr's office for an appointment. Check. Check.
(And did you notice that long, potentially overwhelming lists are considerably mitigated by pretty images? I'm trying to learn something from that. Photos courtesy of my garden . . .)