I absolutely LOVED your comments on my post a few days ago. I am fascinated by what people do professionally and the [sometimes circuitous] road they take to get to where they are in their careers. I haven’t had much time to respond–I hate it when life gets in the way!– but I plan on doing so today. Writing that post also really helped me to reflect on my experiences the past 3 years and I feel more prepared to be uber productive this year so I can finally finish.
Things have been crazy busy this week with the POTUS coming to town and with the academic year starting for students (I don’t take classes, but other responsibilities pop up once everyone is back on grounds). I’m also going out of town for the weekend for a bachelorette party, so I’ve been cramming everything in. Here’s my recap in numbers and pictures:
20: Times I tried to talk myself out of running 16 miles. I eventually prevailed at doing so after my knees started to really hurt at mile 6 (most likely due to the hilly race I ran last weekend, which did a number on my knees). I almost made it to 12 miles but forced myself to stop because I didn’t want to do too much damage and have to go through a more lengthy recovery. It’s too bad I had to stop because I was feeling good otherwise–no headaches or nausea. If it’s not one thing, it’s another….
5: The hours I stood in line and in a huge crowd waiting for President Obama to fly in from Colorado to give a speech in Charlottesville. It was HOT and I was TIRED but it was TOTALLY WORTH it! No matter what your political beliefs or who you will be voting for (although you can guess who I will vote for), it is pretty cool to see a President that close up. He is such an amazing orator, really. And I obviously wholeheartedly agree with his higher ed and climate change policies.
12: Midnight that is. That’s the time I got home last night after going to the Pretty Lights concert and while that’s not that late, I am feeling really tired today. The concert was at the same venue as Obama’s speech but was of course a much different experience. I think every undergrad at UVa was there partying. There was a lot of obvious underage drinking and drug use. Not 100% my scene, but it was kind of fun nonetheless. I got to wear a really nifty vintage tee I found last weekend in Greenville with a ton of other neon and glow stick accessories. And compared to everyone else at the concert, my outfit was tame 😉
4: Major things on my to-do list this and next week for work. I have two research jobs, I teach a history course at the local community college, plus I volunteer every year to help organize the school’s research conference. This year I think I bit off too much to chew, but I wanted to round out the “service” part of my CV (for those of you out there trying to make a career in academics, you know how it goes: 1. research, 2. teaching, and 3. service). It’s also really fun to put together a conference for students to present their research and I’ve seen this thing grow from it’s first year (4 YEARS AGO when I first started helping out) to now.
Oh, see what’s at the bottom of that list? That damn dissertation. I swear I’m going to make time for it.
Tomorrow I’m off to Dewey Beach, DE for a bachelorette weekend. Should be a great time! Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!
What’s one number that you can think of that best recaps something in your life this week?