In a moment of pure foolishness, I decided it would be a good idea to submit an abstract. This was way back in June and the conference was months away. Surely, things would be calm and under control by the time the conference came. Minnow would be sleeping through the night and I’d just pay a student to come along and babysit (turns out they have daycare on-site). It’d be fun. I missed the conference season last year, and this would be a great way to network and let people know my new affiliation. Besides there was a perfect session…
I don’t know what I was thinking. But at the end of next week, Minnow and I will be getting on a plane bound for High Elevation Major American City. (Yes, that completely gives -ology away. Anybody want to meet Minnow and I while we’re there?)
Below the fold, I’ll share my absolutely insane to-do list. I swear, I should subtitle this blog “Doing it all, just to see if it can be done” or maybe “Doing it all, so that if you choose to follow my path, you are forewarned.”
Before then, I need to:
1. Start (and finish) making a poster
2. Get someone to proofread the poster before printing
3. Print the poster
4. Finish writing the lecture I’m giving tomorrow morning and then write 2 more for next week
5. Write an exam to be given while I am away
6. Make sure the TA knows that he is on duty to proctor the exam and answer last minute questions
7. Write a practice exam and study guide
8. Find out whether I need to provide Scantron sheets for the exam and where the grading machine is
9. Read a paper and discuss it with a grad student
10. Post to my blog and schedule posts (or repeats) for the time I’m gone
11. Pimp donorschoose. I’m still $565 short of my challenge goal. Come on readers, help students out, and win prizes.
12. Call my dad, mom, and brother
13. Enroll in benefits for 2008
14. Rearrange Minnow’s 9 month doctor’s appointment so that I can go. While on phone ask about persistent diaper rash.
15. Arrange for regular cleaning of kitchen and baths.
16. Go shopping for all of the food that Minnow will eat on the trip as well as acceptable snacks for me (non-dairy, non-soy, non-corn, non-wheat?)
17. Figure out how to pack breastmilk to get it through TSA and stay cold for a cross-country flight
18. Find out what the weather will be like in conference city during our trip
19. Pack clothes for Minnow and I (and carseat and stroller and Ergo and toys and food and breast milk and breast pump and baby dishes and small bottle of dishsoap and bibs and DIAPERS and outlet covers)
20. Arrange for shuttle from airport to hotel to (hopefully) guarantee baby-safe transportation
21. Check with hotel about accessibility of fridge for breast milk. Confirm non-smoking and crib and walking distance to conference site.
22. Find out if any other faculty members or students are on the same flights and if they’d be willing to help me out in the airports
23. Arrange meetups with former advisor, grad school friends, potential student, and bloggers?
24. Figure out how in the world I’m going to pump during a 10 hour field course
25. Attend to the usual business of classes, meetings, eating,
sleeping between now and departure.
Have I missed anything? (Seriously, have I? Because I’m going to use this as a to-do list.)
The above list should explain why posting may become sporadic over the next week or two. But I’m sure I’ll have more blog fodder when I get back.