Saturday, December 15, 2007

On leave, my ass.

So, I thought that being on leave would make it relatively easy to keep up a blog. But here's the dirty little secret about being on leave: You aren't, not really.

In the past two weeks, I have graded two graduate exams (okay, one, and am in the midst of the other), devised an independent study contract for a student of mine that I'll be supervising next spring semester, even though there will be someone else as instructor of record, written a couple of letters of recommendation for a former student trying to get into a Ph.D. program, and kept up with correspondence on a couple of issues at home having to do with salary and my teaching when I return. I've also got my annual review in the back of my mind, but I'm just not going to worry about that right now. Can't possibly.

The point is, even though I'm two time zones away from my home campus, I'm still working.

In other news: I finished the revision of The Never-Ending Article, and would have sent it off today if I'd have gotten out of the house before the post office closed. I've also been preparing to leave Monday to spend holidays in Home City, and been dealing with a flu of some kind. And to add to things, there have been Interesting Developments in my personal life. Huh. Wonders never cease.

All in all, it's been a busy couple of weeks. I have been lax about keeping up with my fellow med-bloggers out there, but I figure that this is a busy time of year for everyone, so hopefully all will be forgiven, as I send what I hope will be regular dispatches from Home City.


medieval woman said...

Ugh - sorry you're still having to do so much busy work! Hopefully your holiday will be a bit more relaxing - and hope that you feel better!

Intersting Developments? Good ones, or just Interesting?

squadratomagico said...

Ooooh... do I detect a love interest?

squadratomagico said...

(sorry... I'm nosy that way.)

hilary said...

Can't wait to see you!

Anonymous said...

My goodness, "Interesting Developments" in your personal life?! Come on, let's have all the juicy details!

Belle said...

Being an academic means no leave is really a leave. As long as you have electricity, phone and are awake, you work. You don't get paid or recognized for working, but you do it anyway. It's all about the glamour, right?

Anxiously awaiting enlightenment on Interesting Developments.

Notorious Ph.D. said...
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Notorious Ph.D. said...

You people are incredible: I post about the travails of the vita acadaemica, and all you want to know is whether I'm gettin' any. Sheesh. Prurient.