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General Update #SOL24

March 14, 2024

It’s funny how a day can start off one way, go another way, and none of it ends up where you thought it would.

I was woken up by my daughter at 7:15 am because she had locked her keys in the car on her way to work. I couldn’t get back to sleep after that, so I started my day much earlier than anticipated. My plan was to work on my curriculum redesign, but, well, the chicanery at my job continues even though I’m not there, so I had to send a(nother) strongly worded email about the devaluing of my and my colleague’s labor. A highlight:

I will remind you AGAIN that we spent a year on that project, and I will also remind you AGAIN that we presented those findings to the composition committee. I am really weary of our labor not only being ignored but constantly being devalued. Intentional or not, this is egregiously sexist and racist.

So, yes, that’s an ongoing battle. Add to that, there may be some other issues not related to that, so I spent time going over more work-related stuff, including sending feedback on institutional SLOs that are…not it. My feedback for that basically boiled down to “There is no way to assess that.” Performative allyship is exhausting, y’all.

At any rate, then I talked to my mom, got an update on my (step)dad. He has cancer, which I have not blogged about and probably will soon just because he’s about to start another phase of treatment and they just got the call for that. So it’s stressful even as things are hopeful.

My tap teacher added a new Thursday night class, so I went to that instead of water aerobics. I realized I’m going to have to go back to doing my water workout alone in the pool during open swim since if I have to choose between dancing and water aerobics, dance will win. I do really like the water aerobics workout, though, so I don’t want to give it up completely. Still, it was (is) nice to do it in a class, especially because that adds some variety.

Then, I went to the store, got home, and had to cook so the meat I defrosted wouldn’t go bad. I hate cooking, but I, you know, need to eat, so cook I must. It took longer than I thought it would, so that I didn’t even get to sit down to write this post until 11:15. I almost missed the deadline for the challenge, so I’m glad I had to google the best way to freeze pasta because I couldn’t remember off the top of my head.

I’m still listening to Cristela’s book and, in the chapter I just finished, she talked about how a good day for her is one where nothing extraordinary happens. Today was good because at least for today, right now, everyone I love is safe and at home. I hope that’s true for anyone reading this as well.

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  1. Terje

    Your opening sentence is perfect. I read your life-ing post and I want to cheer to you. So many things, thoughts and emotions and you remember self-care. Wishing you resilience and joy!

  2. Elisabeth Ellington

    That’s a lot of work-related UGH to deal with. I’m right there with you on the not enjoying cooking but needing to eat. I used to enjoy cooking. I think? I did it anyway. Several times a week. I don’t even know how I managed. Now it’s slow cooker and quesadillas all the way. I also like a day where nothing extraordinary happens. The very best kind.


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