Happy New Year, all! I wish you all a better one than 2006.
My new year is starting much as the last one ended: Swamped with work, a bit of emotional turmoil, and did I mention lots of work? Despite that, I’m going to take a busman’s holiday this coming week, and will be flying off to stay with a friend in a fabulous, if cold and damp, city where we shall both be working like crazed academics. Then, back to the grind.
I’ve got no particular resolutions this year, except to get a better handle on my life. 2007 will mark my first year in a T-T (or equivalent) job, and I want to make sure I’ve got something to show for it — at least one article submitted (and I hope, accepted). Also, I’m hoping to get a better grasp on my finances. I’m applying for a cool NEH summer seminar, I think, which I hope to combine with some research time for the articles. I’m also planning a UK research trip for three weeks or so, if I don’t get accepted for the NEH thing. Funding may be an issue, but I have to get at least one article in press by Summer of 2008, or I don’t get to keep my job. Two would be better. SO yeah, getting a better grip on my life and balancing it at my advanced age is my resolution. That, and to blog here a bit more regularly.
In case you were wondering, I’ve been having a bit of difficulty coming to terms with blogging my SLAC career. I’m teaching at a place where I think none of my colleagues nor the administration would care, but I am feeling very protective of my new position in a way that I didn’t about my temp positions. So balance here, too, so I can strike some sort of middle ground.