Where we left our saga, our heroine was getting ready for her class. The work day had begun in earnest.
9:10 am. Start the last minute lecture prep. Decide to not make the overheads I need for an example at the end of class…we won’t get there anyway I think.
9:30 am. Class. Discuss problems with the latest homework assignment, brief student presentations on a previous assignment, lecture with powerpoint and on the board. Damn, I reached the point where I need the overheads. Have to let class out 8 minutes early, even though we’re running a bit behind the syllabus.
10:45 am. Discuss the fine points of bed wetting, sleep deprivation, and potty training with a student. He has a three year old with some of the same issues. Another colleague passes us in the hall and warns that sometimes his 6 year old still has accidents. Oh boy.
11:00 – Begin drafting letters of support for agency personnel to modify and return to me for inclusion in grant proposal.
11:25 – Favorite ex-student stops by for a chat. It’s office hours so my door is open and I enjoy our conversations, but I also like to use the time to work and often the chats run to 30 minutes. Hard not to glance at the clock.
11:55 – Two more students troop in to ask questions about assignments. Wonder if they’ve been waiting in the hall while I chatted with favorite ex-student.
12:05 – Colleague invites me to lunch. Lunch in the faculty cafeteria is a near mandatory form of collegiality at least a few times per week and the best way to get straight answers from people. Plus, the soup and salad bar beats dehydrated noodles.
12:45 – My god, is this lunch ever going to end?
1:00 – Finally back in office. send off letters of support. Check email. See email from collaborator about paper revisions. Need to talk to her about last night’s inspiration.
1:15 – Two colleagues stop by with request for information about advising and curriculum changes. Didn’t we just have lunch?
1:30 Create and print out informal evaluation for tomorrow’s class.
1:40 Email co-author with additional request for help with paper revisions (see 12:30 am)
1:50 Head out door to campus information session on CAREER proposals. The session is led by a program director at NSF and is very informative. I’ve been starting to think about whether to go for one next year, but now I’m leaning towards delaying another year and waiting for some other grants to hit first so that I have decent credentials and preliminary data. I really need a grant, any grant, to get funded. Please.
3:30 Back in office. 10 minutes to gather thoughts and stuff. Realize that I don’t get to have the 4-5 pm hour twice, i.e., I can’t go to the therapist and then grade papers before picking Minnow up from daycare. Stretching time, that would be a very helpful super-power.
4:00 At the therapist. Manage not to cry this time.
5:00 Listen to news on the way to pick up Minnow from daycare.