yesterday's activities

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by fascination, May 10, 2009.

  1. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    5 meetings in a day--wow! I have been complaining because I have 6 meetings this WEEK! (Well, okay. I also had 20 1-on-1 conferences with individual students...but those are different because they are short and very focused: I look at the student's work, I critique, I give back. The student hopefully revises.)

    9 AM--Waxing.
    10ish--In at work. Student drops by. Needs letter of tomorrow. Luckily it is someone I wrote for before, so I can do this.

    11:30-1--Academic Planning Committee.

    Back in office and dealt with some things that needed dealing with.

    I need to think about how I want to handle a situation with this associate dean I need to work with as part of my new job. She is very nice, but she is driving me insane. There are in essence two problems:
    A. She does not seem to prioritize "What do I need to tell CCM right this very second?" and "What can wait until our team meeting?" She sends me e-mail CONSTANTLY throughout the day (e.g., when I got back to my office, there had been e-mails from her at 10:01, 12:46, 1:06). She also puts together to-do lists that have a seriously overwhelming number of task on them...but they are not sorted into short-term, medium-term, long-term at all. So things like "Order lunch for our May retreat" are right up there with "Prepare contracts for people who have agreed to teach FYS." I find this extremely annoying. I also find it annoying that she and the other administrator do not seem to get that faculty are not on e-mail all day long.

    B. Sometimes, her emails have a slightly underlying critical tone, e.g., "Two of your faculty members are very anxious about advising in the program [which won't happen until late June, and I'm going to have trainings before then], so *I* helped alleviate their anxiety." I get the feeling that this associate dean thinks she is the head of our team and gets to tell me how to do my job. I am new to the job, so I get it...but she is definitely NOT my boss. I am not her boss either. We are lateral to each other, in different divisions. (If anything, you could argue that I outrank her: I am a full professor; she is an associate dean. Ranks are assistant, associate, full. But that doesn't really matter. The point is that we are lateral and have different responsibilities.)

    4--First jog on treadmill since the fainting incident. It went pretty well! Jogged for 40 minutes straight @ 6.1 mph, then walked. 6 miles total. Shower, dinner.

    Read some with Child.

    Watched part of a Bond movie.

    Graded a paper, updated grade book.

  2. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on moving forward with your plans to get promoted! Sounds great!

    And, happy shopping! Though, I seem to recall you don't really like shopping, or at least trying items on in the store. But, there's a lot to be said for the expression - dress for the job you want - not the job you have.
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  3. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    How dressy is your work, Peaches?

    White House/Black Market has some very nice things for work, and excellent sales help. The current catalog has some kind of coupon in it. (I also was offered a teacher discount last time I was there, gearing up for fall semester. Sweet!)

    On the other hand, if you need to go a little more formal, I like Tahari suits. (Arthur S. Levine for Tahari, the ones that at full retail might be $200-$300, not Elie Tahari. I once lucked out and got an ASL for Tahari at Marshall's for $50...but even at someplace like Macy's, with sales and a coupon, you can often get such suits for a pretty decent discount.)
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  4. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    good taste in clothes CCM
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  5. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    Thank you, kind sir!
  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thurs...cuddle-a-thon day 5.....more itsy bitsy spider and walking practice...and other assorted wonderfulness....lovely evening of dipping toe into CW dancing...gracious host helped to cushion my bed far too late

    today; last day of cuddle-a-thon...had to stifle urge to sob...but had a lovely day making memories and teaching special secret things...I will miss that little love til next time...will spend remainder of evening packing and de-compressing while son visits and old haunt...he needs to distract himself as well
  7. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Fas, I'm so thrilled for you,,,,and the most adorable one! He is rather adorable.
    Yesterday, Kitchen Designer from big box store arrives.
    Chat, tell him what we are looking to do,,while the Plummer is under the house hammering away at the sagging pipes that produce the lovely water hammer BANG for the last two years...snicker.
    Pick the species of wood, Cherry - check, Pick the color - Honey, check, Pick the hardware, check
    My heart is almost racing, as DH is actually agreeing with me!
    Designer gives us homework for sink, faucet and counter-top. Ok, so I did not know that Corian can melt under my hot pots and pans.
    We get homework done, done and 8-10 weeks,,,,and a magnificent transformation will take place in my kitchen! Designer calls back in evening with discounts, incentives, promotions.
    I find myself, smiling while I'm cooking dinner and almost singing...note the word "almost"....better to do that in car, by myself. HA!
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  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member much...had my phone off all day too b/c he loves to teethe on my phone b/c it has a rubberized cover...but it was a wonderful week
  9. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Said it before; I'll say it again. I want pix of the cutie patootie... and the gnawed otter box. :D
  10. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    It really varies. There are khuube dwellers who wear full suits every day, and others who look like they're homeless. Most people go with chinos/khakis or similar and a decent shirt. The guys mostly wear casual button-down shirts or polo shirts. Jeans are seen very frequently. Some managers are in dress pants and a nice button-down; one manger is never seen in anything other than jeans and a polo, another manager looks like he couldn't find a razor, comb, shampoo, or laundry detergent.

    However... The people on the director's staff (in particular the budget guy and HR woman I'll be working with) tend to dress much better. Our director is always in a suit. Because I'll have to interact with her, and other directors at her level and potentially above, I need to step up my game. Dressier slacks, dressier shirts, occasional suits.

    Thanks for the tip on WH/BM. A lot of that stuff looks right on the money in terms of how I need to dress. I don't need all that much (one of the benefits of working from home, combined with a compressed schedule). I've got two suits (more if I lose some more weight!), a couple pairs of nice pants. What I really desperately need are nice tops. I always find those difficult.
  11. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    sat..hotel breakfast...drop son at airport. to and reisling
  12. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    Thursday and Friday, the most important things were hair cut and color, and going dancing


    Wake laaaate, for me; after 8!
    Hang out with bff; she, her DH, and I go to lunch
    Supermarket for ingredients for birthday cake for a friend
    Home; cook cook bake bake
    Social dancing, which I enjoyed -- that makes twice in two days, who are you and what have you done with JA?
    Winebar, chat with Blond German Friend, who is bartending
    Home, Z
  13. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

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  14. j_alexandra

    j_alexandra Well-Known Member

    oops hit reply insted of edit
  15. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Peaches, my DW buys a lot of her work clothes from Coldwater Creek.

    Yesterday was the first time in several weeks that we've had decent weekend weather, so it was yard work day. I tried to cut up a tree that we cut down several weeks ago, but the chain on my saw is shot, and then I ran out of gas and I didn't feel like going to get more, so the heck with it. We picked up broken branches and limbs and trash from around the house. We worked on building a planter in the back with some of the leftover bricks we have. In another part of the back, we have some wild blackberry bushes. We decided to build a border around them using rocks. There's tons (literally) of limestone and sandstone rocks in the woods around here, so we went hiking and retrieved some. DW and I were laughing about that: "People in other parts of the country pay good money for these, and we just walk around the woods and pick them up!"
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    boise to cheyenne in pretty strong wind.....
  17. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Last several days: Bask in the glory of solitude. It's not that I don't love DS. I do. But it is so nice to have a minute or two to be a person, not a Mom.

    Play with new laptop and discover that I really do not like new consumer technology. Irony noted. The first computer I ever worked with was years before Windows even existed, and I was comfortable with that. I am not fond of a computer that auto-downloads apps when it's doing its initialization sequence. Apps. Schmapps. If I want something on my desktop, I can download and configure it myself.

    Also get new cell phone and realize that I want DS home immediately. He can figure out how to use it and show me how. I have no patience for this. I just want to send and receive phone calls. Enough with the apps already.

    Far less drama than usual between DS and his father, thank God. Until the last day, that is, when I call upon all my powers of persuasion to prevent DS from making poor decisions and to keep the Ex from doing something that will estrange him from DS even further. *sigh* Also conversation with the Ex that leaves me on my knees, praying and calling scriptures to mind. Ex has done nothing bad, for a change,but he is starting to get his comeuppance, and I pray and pray not to exult in his pain. Gotta keep working on that. *sigh* My mantra, that has helped DS and me get through this whole thing with integrity: How you treat people is who you become. Well. That applies to me too. More prayer needed.

    DS home safe and sound. He says he's leaning toward a no on his internship. Why? "I don't think I'm ready for all that responsibility." What the?!? This makes me decide that he will go. Responsibility is what makes children into adults, and DS is ready for young adulthood. He can opt out only if there's an interpersonal conflict with his father. But if it's about fear of leading his own project, he is going. Full stop.

    DS also plays with my new computer and new phone and generally shows me how much more technology savvy he is than I am. I'm okay with this. Just show me how to get to hulu and how to pick up voice mail, and I'm good.

    Other than that, random dancing at home and less random social dancing out quite a bit more than I normally get to, when DS is around. Watch old movies. Lots of rest.

    All told, not bad.
  18. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    Wine and cheese tasting with friends last evening. Next 5 days, nothing but work.:( And watching Dancing with the Stars!:)
  19. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Have a good week! :)
  20. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Peaches, my favorite places to buy work clothes are Talbot's, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and White House/Black Market. I also like the Worthington and Liz Claiborne lines that JC Penney offers; I've bought several very nice pairs of dress pants there.

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