The Past Week in Brief

Today is Wednesday (technically Thursday, which means I should be in bed.  Oh well. Sleep is overrated.) In the past 10 days I have:

  1. Seen the students return to campus for the first day of the spring semester.
  2. Gone to 2 hockey practices (minimum three hours, for drive to/from, changing, and actual practice.)
  3. Met with three faculty members for EndNote training – all of whom had great (if challenging to answer) questions for me.  Shortest meeting was 30 minutes, longest was 90.  Follow-up totaled about 4 hours of research.
  4. Taught two first-year classes how to use EndNote; one class at 8:30 in the morning.  If you know me at all, you know what a feat this was.  (For what it’s worth, the second class was in a lab where there EndNote freaked out and deleted a bunch of its own files when all the students started the program… Fun! But the folks who can fix it are on the job already.)  Prep for the classes totaled about 3 hours (but I’ll be able to reuse that prep for any future classes – rock!)
  5. Gone to, run, or participated in 9 meetings which each lasted over an hour. Longest was 2.5 hours, next longest was 2 hours.
  6. Watched the second game of the Women’s Beanpot hockey tournament, which was Harvard vs. Boston College. We got there at 7:30. It started at 8:00 p.m. and ended at 12:15 a.m. Why so long? There was a tie at the end of regulation, so they went into the overtime periods.  Three of them – at 20 minutes each.  Finally, about 15 minutes into the third overtime, one of the BC players scored.  They weren’t the team I was cheering for, but thank GOD someone finally put a puck in the net.  The goalies combined faced 135 shots on goal, and only 7 of those went in (3 against BC’s first-year goalie and 4 against Harvard’s). The outdoor parking ticket pay station debacle added another 30 minutes onto my night, as well as the nights of the other 10 people in line.  And the drive took 30 minutes each way. I got very little sleep that night.
  7. Spent three days snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with Amy and the dogs in the Sugarbush area of Vermont.  WAY fun!  And a big holler out to the Blueberry Lake XC Ski place, which is the only XC ski place I know of that is dog-friendly. Drive to and from was about 3.5 hours each – and Amy was a champ and drove the whole thing.  The weekend was her Christmas present to me – and what fun!

What I opted out of: hockey practice at 6:30 Wednesday morning, 2 optional (to me) meetings, and sleep.

What’s on tap in the next few days: Low-key day at work tomorrow schedule-wise, which means I should be able to finish a lot of small projects. Two desk shifts (2 and 3.5 hours). Hockey tournament in Fitchburg, which is a 90-minute drive away.  We have games Friday night and Saturday afternoon and evening.  If we win (hee hee) we’ll play in the championship game Sunday.

Also on tap: uploading photos from the VT trip to Flickr and posting some of them here, doing the paper shuffle at home, and catching up on some sleep.  Which I’m off to do now.

P.S. How do people with children who have busy lives of their own do it?  I am amazed and awed by families who can juggle multiple schedules.

P.P.S. This isn’t an attempt at playing misery poker; it is simply a reminder to myself of why I’m so exhausted this month.

4 thoughts to “The Past Week in Brief”

  1. Where were you when I was in grad school? I used EndNote for a massive biobibliography on Kate Chopin, and I had to figure it out for myself. And by “figure it out” I mean beat it into submission until it printed the citations the way I needed…

  2. Just checking but… you realize that I support EndNote for a living? I’m one of the suckers lucky people whom you call and speak with at Thomson ResearchSoft Technical Support.

    So, if there’s ever an EndNote question you’re not quite sure on, well, just let me know. I can also deal with Reference Manager and ProCite questions. Well, and technically RefViz too only we almost never get calls on that one, so my skills are a bt weaker.

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