Category: Mental Reboots

Blogging and Balance

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. For the last year, I’ve been sitting at my computer writing a set of books, and blogging was a nice distraction (procrastination) from that. Now that the books are done (and I’ve gained 15 pounds from my sedentary lifestyle) I decided that I need to try to restore some balance in my life. That is, I should exercise more, try to get enough sleep, spend more time with my husband, read books for pleasure, plan a vacation, and just have some fun. I’m emerging from the box I’ve been in for the last year. On top of that, I’ve covered a lot of technology in the last year (during my own “catch up with technology” period) and the new stuff doesn’t seem to be as fast and furious now. There’s lots of stuff I have cached away to blog about, and I want to assure you that I’m not abandoning this blog. Also, there’s another big project on the horizon (in addition to the dissertation, which is being postponed till January), so I’m guessing there will be plenty of opportunity to procrastinate by blogging in the future.   I think that the new social Internet can be addicting, but so is any new hobby or friendship. I’m not sure there is anything wrong with getting caught up with...

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Catching up with myself

So, the semester is over, my PhD classes are done, and the second book is done. You’d think that would mean that my life is less busy – and I think it is (kind of). However… I was just voted in as president-elect of MichMATYC (Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges), and this week I’m leading a week-long workshop on my campus for college math instructors, and there is the 3rd book. Thankfully, the 3rd book is just a compilation of the first two books, so it shouldn’t take very long to do – mostly just a matter of renumbering chapters. Believe it or not, even with all that going on, things feel lighter. The pressure of lectures and grading papers is off – and that makes a big difference. Also, I was granted a sabbatical for next year (Jan.-April) and I will use my own banked time to take the summer too (June – August), so I keep telling myself that I will unwind myself (and write the bulk of my dissertation) then. I’ve been trying to get back to exercising every day, either taking the dogs for walks or going for a swim at the YMCA. I have managed to do this all week I think. The weather is finally nice again here in Michigan – it’s so rejuvinating to see sunshine every day. My next task...

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