Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Not complaining

When the semester ends I usually want to hole up and read trashy novels, eat junk food, and watch TV. And of course that's what folks assume I'm doing. "You're all done for the year? And you're not teaching this summer? Must be nice..." I know what they're thinking. Bon-bons on the couch.

Graduation was Sunday and yesterday was the last faculty meeting of the year. No bon-bons yet. I have a to-do list a mile long (very belated book review, conference prep, article, book orders and prep for fall, grant proposal...). So far I have done...nothing on the list. I have done a little conference prep, but not enough to cross it off. I've looked at the (very, very hefty) tome I have agreed to review, and been intimidated once again. I've checked out some not-too-trashy novels from the library. And a knitting book. And I have every hope of getting everything on the to-do list done, or at least reassigned, by the end of the summer.

But right now, all I want to do is nap.


Susan said...

Ohh, Libby, enjoy that nothing-on-the-list-yet feeling!

Mamacita said...

You've earned your naps!!! Savor them... August will be here before you know it!

Aeron said...

Hi from a long-time reader, first- time commenter!

It may sound ungrateful, but I find the summer more stressful than the academic year: so many projects on my list plus the pressure to take the summer "off" and spend it with my daughter. This year my husband (non-academic, non-neurotic) suggested I make a bare-bones list of the minimum I could get done and still feel ok. So instead of "finish writing book," "radically redesign approach to teaching all courses," and "work out every day" I now have this list: "finish article on teaching," "write syllabi," and "try to finish one book chapter." I feel much better!

Libby said...

Aeron, I agree that summer can be more stressful. Thanks for coming clean on that one!