September 25, 2007

Life is what happens, they say, when you are busy making other plans

It's awfully funny how our lives go through these cycles. When you're busy, it gets worse, when you're not busy nothing happens for weeks.

And by now, busy is an understatement. Both of us are teaching full time, GMT back at his High School, me with a 5 unit biology class (double lab periods!) which adds up to about 9 hours a week in class. I am also the chair of a couple of active committees, and I serve on several others. As it's the beginning of school, everyone is trying to get all their meeting ducks in a row and it's taking a lot of time.

I'm supposed to attend a seminar Thursday- Saturday, and all I want to do is go out with my friends on Friday night, as we're all supposed to have dinner at one of our friend's places.

Oh, and I got asked to work on a paper with one of my colleagues. It's actually very interesting, and as it's Public Health research, not too time consuming. Also a field I'm keen to get some insight into. So I'm working on research again, too.

And then there's homework to grade, papers to read, and my own field of research to deal with.

And I'm supposed to clean house, do laundry, be a pleasant hostess, and occasionally go out for a fun time???? Fuck that. Something has to go. Lately it's been the cleaning. Not that the house is a pigsty, mind you, just messy. And there are a million unfinished projects we need to work on.

I do love most of my job. I love my students, and I love working with them. I'm just maxxed out. The motivation is toast at the moment. I notice I haven't been doing a hell of a lot of blog reading, and those of you who see me in their email often probably have noticed a drop off in the volume.

No, I'm not going anywhere, just ratcheting back a bit for the forseeable future. Real Life Intervenes.

I didn't intend to write that last paragraph, it just kind of came out of my fingers Ouija-style, so I guess I'm going to go with it. New content probably every couple of days, some funnies, Mutterings, Fred, that kind of thing, but if you want the serious analytical stuff, then Sorry, but we're fresh out.

Until then, I'll be lurking in your comments.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 25, 2007 04:47 PM | TrackBack

Sometimes there's just not enough time in the day -- or the week!

Posted by: Ith at September 25, 2007 05:48 PM

Wow, that's one full plate my friend!

Posted by: Amanda at September 25, 2007 05:50 PM

Totally understandable. Tie a knot and hang on! We'll be lurking in YOUR comments. Heh.

Posted by: Margi at September 26, 2007 12:31 AM

I'm right there with you. This semester is killing me. And it's only the fifth week. Sheesh.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 26, 2007 06:21 AM

Do what you have to do; real life comes first! We'll still be here, stalking you through our readers. :)

Posted by: pam at September 26, 2007 06:52 AM

Well, try and find the time to come and tell us what happened at that meeting. :)

Posted by: Stacy at September 26, 2007 09:44 AM

Full plates all around it seems!

Posted by: oddybobo at September 26, 2007 04:10 PM