January 30, 2016
Looking back at this week, I worked about 42.5 hours. This includes my actual work time, but also meetings and work-related events. It is actually pretty hard for me to work as many hours as I would like. I know that the cultural story in higher ed is that we work all the time and that the pace is very intense. I would agree: the pace is really intense. However, we also get times when the pace slows (summer and winter break). Even if we work year-round, we do enjoy a change of pace and less intensity during these periods of time. But I am suspicious that we do not really work the 60+ hour weeks that we think we do. Most weeks, I don't even come close to 60 hours a week. It's tempting to say I am "crazy busy" because I certainly feel like
December 27, 2015
1. Getting some help!
Having a college student come and help do dishes and laundry a couple of days of week was a great addition to reduce chaos in our life. I also added a monthly cleaning service a couple of months ago.. These are a big expense in our budget…but if there is any way that I can afford it, I will keep doing it. It helps me stay a little sane with our big jobs and 3-year-old plus teenager-family. I like to host friends and students at our house a fair amount and I can't pull that off without a little (or a lot of) help.
2. Meal planning.
Wow, I really did some serious meal planning this year. It’s been very helpful. Most weekends I sat down and thought through the meals for the week. This is something I want to keep doing! I don't always stick with the plan--but having a plan limits the amount that we go out to eat or get take out. And that's brilliant.
3. Read it up!
My book club started in Fall 2014 has been a great part of my life this year. It’s been my main source of social enjoyment and connecting with other women. I love it and I move all things to attend it once a month. This month we are reading...
November 8, 2015
I am reading L'Engle's Circle of Quiet...again...this is an every-other-year book. Madeleine L'Engle makes you sees ordinary life with extraordinary eyes. Always applicable, poetic and spiritual, she tackles the deepest issues of life with a raw and serious faith.
And for my book club, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome and One Man's Quest to be a Better Husband! I listened to this as an audio book about three years ago and am so excited to read this with my group.
A second round of Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within. I am reading this with a friend about personal change and how it leads to organizational change.
I always like to have YA novel going and the current one is the second of the Remnant Chronicles: The Heart of Betrayal. Have to admit that the first one in this series was much more fun, trying to power through the second installment. Almost done!
I am so excited about Winter coming to my ears! I have pre-ordered it--it's the last in the Lunar Chronicles series and I have thoroughly loved each of those books. Cannot wait for this final installment. It's arriving Nov. 10th
What are you reading? I would love to know your recommends!
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