That's when you know you're too busy and there too many tasks on your multi-tasking calendar because for some reason I wrote the above statement on the side of a letter I was reading... right next to "be sure to include in a short bio."
I remember what that statement was about - I recently found out that I was selected for a Ford Foundation fellowship (YAY! More on that application process coming soon) and I needed to make sure to include that in my bio.
Grad school - heck all of it - heck even life is sort of a constant revision and update of your CV. The other day someone said to me "you know Deans, they have CVs that are like 50 pages long!" and I thought "why?"
Apparently, it's a thing. My CV is growing. Hence (yes I said hence...) I must add into my bio that I am a Ford Fellow, little old me...
And for some reason I also need to remind myself of something or someone that is lethargic with a history of vomiting.
Who knows what it had to do with (I don't, quite honestly, cause my brain is filled with, well at the moment - orange chicken and the reading I need to finish by tomorrow). But I feel like it could make a really good prompt for a short story...
More to add to my list of things to do...
8:07 a.m. - wake up. wait it's like 7 minutes before I set my alarm to wake me up. go back to sleep.
8:32 a.m.: wake up. crap. slept in.
8:40 a.m.: get daughter dressed for school. tell her we have to hurry because we are running late and we don't want her to miss circle time.
8:52 a.m.: send husband and daughter out the door and hop in shower.
8:53 a.m.: start to think about all the stuff I still have to do today and then about all the stuff I should do tomorrow and then the reading that I forgot about just now and wait a minute wasn't I supposed to email so and so about that thing with that one guy?
8:54 a.m.: exit shower. head to bedroom to figure out what to wear that will simultaneously make students fear and respect me while also making them ask "why is she such a snazzy dresser and how come I can't be that cool." with a little "ooo nice shoes" thrown in.
8:55 a.m.: realize that I didn't rinse the conditioner out of my hair.
8:56 a.m.: letting it go.
8:57 a.m.: decide on outfit, throw it on, put on some lotion and realize that I only shaved one leg....
8:58 a.m.: letting it go.
8:59 a.m.: put hair into bun.
9:00 a.m.: decide to wear pants.
9:01 a.m.: decide that students spend far too much time worrying about what their teachers wear when they should be worrying about laughing at my jokes...
9:02 a.m.: figure out the one cardigan I wanted to wear is in the laundry.
9:03 a.m.: decide that clean clothes are overrated.
9:05 a.m.: think "there can't be any harm in sitting down for a minute and checking in on my email. I mean what could happen? Like it's going to make me late for class cause I get so sucked in to answering emails that are way too old or finally writing those emails that are my list of things to do. Maybe I'll take a second to check out my Google alerts and find out what's going on in the world. You know the world - that place where real people wake up in the mornings, drink coffee, watch some Today show and then head out for the day to their job where they answer phones and eat tacos for lunch.
9:55 a.m.: realize I have to rush to class or I will be late.
9:56 a.m.: ride bike like a mad woman.
10:00 a.m.: arrive at class and try to will my body not to show any signs that I've been rushing to get there.
10:03 a.m.: begin teaching. love teaching. love my students. love the subject. love these days.
11:50 a.m.: finishing teaching. head to office. walk up three flights of stairs carrying 20 lbs of books and start thinking about how I've been protesting the kindle out of some sort of loyalty to actual physical books - highly overrated this old fashioned book adoration is.
11:51: did I just have a thought in Yoda speak?
11:53: still walking up the stairs
11:54: almost to the top of the stairs.
11:55: I guess I don't have to feel bad about not getting any exercise today...
12:00p.m.: in the office, set up, sit back, try to decide what to do today.
12:01p.m.: feels like a good day to read and grade papers. Maybe I'll finish that book I'm doing a book review on. Woo hoo- productivity is fantastic!
4:00 p.m.: It's 4:00 already? Hello? Sheesh. Crossed a few things off my list to do, added several more...
5:30 p.m.: Maybe I should go home.
5:45 p.m.: I like Facebook
6:22 p.m.: Okay now it's really time to go home.
6:44 p.m.: Now it's time to buckle down and do more work.
7:00 p.m.: Oh look, old episodes of 30 Rock...
7:08 p.m.: *ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ*
Great points/ advice from my Graduate Student friend/ mentor/ all around genius colleague and co-business owner Ms. (soon to be one day Dr.) Gina Caison. We talk a lot of stuff as we sit around planning and making the projects happen that we have planned in our heads. And of course, as the great Professor/ Teacher that she is she is straight forward and making a great point. So I pass along this advice to you all. (All three or four readers of my bloggy blog...)
And then I say - the learned must be the first to demonstrate. So I decided to look through my emails of the day to see how I'm doing... of course I will try to recreate what I was talking about without reading the actual email... to see if I can.
RE: Talk it out with me/ do some research.
In which I ask a friend of mine to talk some stuff out with me and do research. I think that gets to the heart of the matter quite well.
RE: We are ready to go live with your web page.
In which I tell an artist that I am ready to go live with his web page. See. I'm doing pretty good.
RE: Bio Questions
In which I ask an artist to answer some questions about himself, some "Bio questions." I am a subject line writer genius.
RE: Information about Arts & Crafts Fairs
In which I email some organizations about arts & crafts fairs asking for information. YAY me! (Of course they haven't emailed me back so maybe the subject should have been "I need information FROM YOU about Arts & Crafts Fairs" as they could be confused thinking I have information from them, when in reality my information for them is "gimme some information!")
RE: Misc. Pics
I guess I had some misc pics I sent to someone about something somewhere...
And I'm not doing so good on the personal side. Cause yeah. I think this about some necklaces (ya think?)
And some hats.
And some more hats. Maybe different hats. Maybe the same hats. Maybe the same email sent twice with the same subject about the same hats?
RE: Hats 2
RE: Let me know...
I don't know if this person ever let me know what I wanted to know. I should email her and ask her. The subject will be "You should let me know what I asked you to let me know in the previous email I sent asking you to let me know..."
Go forth scholars. Email...
About This Blog:
This is the stuff I do to survive Graduate School.
It's also other stuff I do in life.
My life is mostly Graduate School.
Cutcha RIsling Baldy is a PhD Candidate in Native American Studies at UC Davis.