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marigolds
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« Reply #2835 on: April 05, 2012, 6:23:50 PM »

Oh, I'm sorry things are so thought right now, MM.  Hopefully fantastic coffee and a change of scenery helped you churn it out? My new favorite book refers to it as "eating the frog"--he says that pretty much anything awful that you've made up your mind to do should just be done RIGHT AWAY without agonizing or waffling, because tht ingrains the habit of agonizing and waffling.  Jump on into the cold water if you're getting in--don't ease in to "get used to it."

So I'm trying to just eat the damn frogs in one bite and get it over with. 

Dunno if that helps,  but it's my official pep talk for the day.  (Oh, here's one from Coach Taylor, too.  Hugs and bourbon to you!

Got the 10 pages done in time and had a SUPER hlepful meeting with my advisor. Then had fun with my best friend and her two kids and Sprout all day -- the Borrowers movie, then sword fighting in the yard and swinging/tree climbing, then frozen yogurt. Now bourbon! 
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moodymoodie
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« Reply #2836 on: April 05, 2012, 8:51:20 PM »

Thanks, marigolds. I enjoyed the pep talk and the Coach Taylor.

Dissertation:
Freewriting
Note-taking: Book S and at least 1 article - did half of Book S. Not bad.
Outline pages (I haven't gotten one done this week but I am going to keep trying every day) - nope

Teaching:
Finish prepping class, including copies
Mark quizzes & record marks
Give class


Personal:
Buy wine
Drink wine


Tomorrow we are all off but I am spending part of the morning writing for sure. One frog down, an innumerable number to go.

Marigolds, sounds like you had an awesome day!
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Confused and sad. Or happy. I'm not sure...


« Reply #2837 on: April 05, 2012, 10:04:14 PM »

The papers are done!
Biogrammy paid a surprise visit, cleaned up the kitchen, did 2 loads of laundry, and took us out to dinner. While I got "less" work done, I'm in a better place mentally and was able to get the papers done after she left! Everyone needs a BioGrammy in their lives.

I'm not "ready" for class tomorrow, but I have enough together than I can fake it. And that's good enough at this point. I"m going to bed!

I hope Friday is better for you, Moodymoodle. And Marigolds, it is great that you had such a terrific day. Savor it!

G'night!
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« Reply #2838 on: April 06, 2012, 9:02:01 AM »

Must Get Done Today
1. Get dressed
2. Get caffeine
3. Code Literature
4. Write literature
5. Check References
6. Meet w/ Chair
7. Final revisions
8. Submit revised proposal

Should Get Done Today
9.Teach
10. Grade Activity 11
11. Prep Warmups 1-4
12. Prep HW 13 & 14
13. Prep & Post Activity 12
14. Run

Done this Weekend
15. Findings (Paul)
16. Rasch
17. Other Rasch
18. Reading
19. Teaching Statement
20. Run
21. Run
22. Swim
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marigolds
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i had fun once and it was awful


« Reply #2839 on: April 06, 2012, 11:29:59 AM »

Damn, BT, your mom is AWESOME.

I'm settled into the coffee shop and am partially caffeinated and ready to rock. I have the whole day to write and read (well, until 4 or so.)  So that's all I'm doing--no small rocks today (or at least until this evening.)

Crank it out, lohai0--that's a long-ass list.

Going to do a 25-min sprint of revising yesterday's stuff.  GO!
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« Reply #2840 on: April 06, 2012, 12:45:33 PM »


Must Get Done Today
1. Get dressed
2. Get caffeine
3. Code Literature
4. Write literature
5. Check References
6. Meet w/ Chair

7. Final revisions
8. Submit revised proposal

Should Get Done Today
9.Teach
10. Grade Activity 11
11. Prep Warmups 1-4
12. Prep HW 13 & 14
13. Prep & Post Activity 12
14. Run

Done this Weekend
15. Findings (Paul)
16. Rasch
17. Other Rasch
18. Reading
19. Teaching Statement
20. Run
21. Run
22. Swim
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lohai0
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« Reply #2841 on: April 06, 2012, 10:22:54 PM »

Well, I managed to lose my coded literature. So now I have to start over.

Must Get Done Today
1. Get dressed
2. Get caffeine
3. Code Literature
4. Write literature
5. Check References
6. Meet w/ Chair

7. Final revisions
8. Submit revised proposal

Should Get Done Today
9.Teach
10. Grade Activity 11
11. Prep Warmups 1-4
12. Prep HW 13 & 14
13. Prep & Post Activity 12
.
14. Run

Done this Weekend
15. Findings (Paul)
16. Rasch
17. Other Rasch
18. Reading
19. Teaching Statement
20. Run
21. Run
22. Swim
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moodymoodie
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« Reply #2842 on: April 10, 2012, 8:23:26 AM »

How was your weekend, Lohai0? That is some list.

It's the Tuesday after Easter and I took three big days off (from work- we spent most of the time labouring like fiends at the cottage).Things are looking up and I'm actually really excited to get back to everything.

This list is, realistically, for today and tomorrow.

Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page
Reading: book T, book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching
Marking 1: exams, participation, record marks
Marking 2: annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise x2
Dinner x2
Prep further post office packages
Laundry
Call C
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« Reply #2843 on: April 10, 2012, 8:50:10 AM »

How was your weekend, Lohai0? That is some list.

It's the Tuesday after Easter and I took three big days off (from work- we spent most of the time labouring like fiends at the cottage).Things are looking up and I'm actually really excited to get back to everything.

This list is, realistically, for today and tomorrow.

Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page
Reading: book T, book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching
Marking 1: exams, participation, record marks
Marking 2: annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise x2
Dinner x2
Prep further post office packages
Laundry
Call C

Weekend was awful, but the proposal (which is more or less a final draft of ch 1-3) will be filed today or tomorrow. This means I now have to deal with the crap I ignored to get through this final push, but I don't care much right now.
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moodymoodie
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« Reply #2844 on: April 10, 2012, 9:32:26 AM »

How was your weekend, Lohai0? That is some list.


Weekend was awful, but the proposal (which is more or less a final draft of ch 1-3) will be filed today or tomorrow. This means I now have to deal with the crap I ignored to get through this final push, but I don't care much right now.

Yuck, I'm sorry to hear it was awful even if it was productive.

It's the Tuesday after Easter and I took three big days off (from work- we spent most of the time labouring like fiends at the cottage).Things are looking up and I'm actually really excited to get back to everything.

This list is, realistically, for today and tomorrow.

Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page Oh, ye gods, I did it! DID IT! I mean, it was cut and paste from the freewriting, then edited and revised, but I now have 865 words.
Reading: book T, book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching
Marking 1: exams, participation, record marks
Marking 2: annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise x2
Dinner x2
Prep further post office packages
Laundry
Call C

Next up, laundry, then reading, then marking.
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moodymoodie
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« Reply #2845 on: April 10, 2012, 10:55:13 AM »

Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page Oh, ye gods, I did it! DID IT! I mean, it was cut and paste from the freewriting, then edited and revised, but I now have 865 words.
Reading: book T, book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching
Marking 1: exams, participation, record marks
Marking 2: annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise x2
Dinner x2
Prep further post office packages
Laundry
Call C
Declutter

Going to take a short break and then get to marking.
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« Reply #2846 on: April 10, 2012, 5:59:55 PM »


Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page Oh, ye gods, I did it! DID IT! I mean, it was cut and paste from the freewriting, then edited and revised, but I now have 865 words.
Reading: book T, book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching
Marking 1: exams, participation, record marks
Marking 2: annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise x2 - one busy soccer session with the MiniMoodies
Dinner x2 - 1.5 done - we are eating and tomorrow's dinner just needs to be assembled
Prep further post office packages
Laundry
Call C
Declutter

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marigolds
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« Reply #2847 on: April 11, 2012, 5:44:19 AM »

Ugh.

Working on a chunk of draft for an advisor meeting today.

Boy is it bad.
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« Reply #2848 on: April 11, 2012, 9:05:15 AM »

You can do it, Marigolds.

Dissertation
Writing:freewriting, one page
Reading: book S
Podcast: readings, podcast

Teaching

Marking 2: start annotated bibliographies
Plan class

Other
Exercise
Prep further post office packages
Call C
Declutter
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« Reply #2849 on: April 11, 2012, 2:11:15 PM »

Ugh.

Working on a chunk of draft for an advisor meeting today.

Boy is it bad.

I'll trade. I'll work on yours, and you can write up a short sample of my chapter along the lines of the Very Bad Idea my chair had. Or even better, you can finish my stupid Teaching Statement draft.
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