School ended almost 2 weeks ago and I’m still wrapping things up. Because of my new administrative duties, there’s a lot of things to do. I leave on Friday for an actual vacation. I’m going to do my best to disconnect and not think about work. When I return, I face a whirlwind of conferences, most of which I’m looking forward to, but it’s work still. I’m not doing this to myself next year.
I am still teaching of course and I have a new course on the books that I have to develop. I’m going back to where I started and teaching a web design course. I have to relearn some things and learn some new things, but I have a good sense of the structure of the course. So I’ll be working on that this summer.
I’m giving a very big TED-like talk in October, and I need to prepare that. I’m looking forward to it because it’s a topic I’m passionate about: women in CS.
I have some administrative things to tackle over the summer as well, but they’re not huge. Most of what needed to get done got done this last few weeks.
Finally, I have some household things I want to address. There’s a room we’re using for storage that has gotten out of hand. We need to have a garage sale and do some major purging and reorganization.
I’m planning to alternate days in terms of work. I find it easier usually to focus on one thing at a time, so one day will be class work, one day house stuff, one day administrative stuff and just keep rotating. I’m hopeful that will work and that I’ll have some time for relaxing in there as well. Seems like this happens every summer, but I don’t mind. I’m working at my own pace, and I know from past experience that everything will get done.