Well I made a (slowish) start on the paper re-write today. I began by dipping into my “self-helpy” book on how to be a good & healthy academic, Robert Boice’s “Advice for New Faculty Members, (which has probably been one of the most useful books I have ever bought) and then tried to “mindfully” enter back into the realm/mind-space of the article and the re-write. My first task is to re-read the whole article in order to get an idea about what parts need to go or be revised. A lot of what I will be doing will be making my own thoughts and statements clearer.
I was not entirely successful in staying focused and thus spent the whole day reading, thinking, writing and, yes, getting side-tracked with doing little things (searches for books and terms e.g.) on the computer. I do feel though as if I made a start, and so the day was not a complete waste.
I also managed to a bit of yoga, cook a nice dinner, have a good talk with a friend who stopped by and even watch a bit of the silly tv show I am watching on netflix-dvd’s right now just to relax.
Tomorrow – more work in store, plus a faculty/staff meeting. A number of errands and phone calls are piling up that I will need to make soon, I’m also seriously considering calling a landscaping company or just finding someone who will make our yard look better than it does now…
On Thursday I am going to roast a small chicken for dinner—I don’t do this very often, so I’m excited. (It doesn’t take much!) Bill will return in the evening.
We will go visit his mom in Parma, OH on Saturday & Sunday and then come back to spend Memorial Day at home with the kitties. Bill will go back to Boston on Tuesday.