Job applications, thesis, teaching, disease in the family, it seems the whole world is conspiring to keep me from this blog. All is well, just super busy.
If you are like me and end up with scribbled notes everywhere about things you need to do, call numbers of books to check out at the library, grocery lists (which I always seem to lose), and calendars that more often than not you forget at home, an iPod Touch (or iPhone) might be helpful. Alan gave me his iPod Touch this week since he hadn’t been using it all that much and I really needed something to replace my dead Palm Pilot. So, after poking around it a bit, I set up my calendar and bought an application – Todo 1.1.1 by Appigo, which I sync with a free online task management system. Hopefully it will help in the busy semester I have ahead!!
On another note, I’ve discovered I really can’t do much academic work at home. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the messiness of all the moving boxes that distract me, all I know is that I’ve been procrastinating writing a report about my research for the past two weeks. I finally decided to go out to the local coffee shop and write there. In one hour I had written two reports and a newsletter blurb! This morning I came to the library and in a couple of hours I typed my reports, edited them, sent emails to my committee, fellow conference-organizer JP, the administrator of CRRS about a possible fellowship, and my department about a misplaced tax form… Suddenly, after a month and a half in limbo, I feel productive again!!
Hope the feeling lasts because I just received notice that my abstract was accepted for an international conference in Chicago next April. It will be my first big conference and I’m not even sure my paper is do-able… Hope so…