Friday, March 4, 2011

So, so tired

I haven't been sleeping well lately for a number of obvious and not-so-obvious reasons, and it's definitely catching up with me. After a stormy weekend, I had a great week, and I'm optimistic going into a fresh weekend. I plan to unpack more cute baby clothes and finish the work I began in the guest room for the ultimate move of the office furniture into that space. Things are moving along swimmingly.

Tonight I have dance, and I just hope I can stay awake for it. We have a workshop coming up on April 2nd with a dancer from Canada and an informal hafla to follow. At first, I was apprehensive, since I'll be 8 months pregnant at that point, but after thinking on it, I am looking forward to having one more belly dance goal prior to delivery. I also asked my instructor about costuming, and feel soothed on that end as well. My green costume, although the bottom still shockingly fits, the top most certainly does NOT. She suggested I wear the other group costume, which is a blue gown, and 2 of my classmates graciously agreed to wear their gowns too, so that half the class will be in blue the other half in green. This way, it'll somewhat look like we planned this. :) I tried my gown on the other day, and not only does it still fit (lycra is nice and stretchy) it looks fab on the pregnant form. :) I'm very happy about this. It eases the blow of missing at least one performance in May, when I'll be on water breaking alert and thereafter unable to commit to formal performances for about 6-8 weeks.

In other news, I'm up for tenure next year (scary!) and since I'm going on maternity leave soon, my supervisor is having me prepare some of my documents now. I spent the day going over my Curriculum Vitae (enthralling stuff) and crafting a Table of Contents for my supplemental materials. Once 3 pm hit, I'm fading fast, but I pulled out my required statements of research interests and service to the university from my last reappointment to have a quick look prior to my departure. Holy smokes. I mean, these suckers have been through my own editing process, several colleagues, my supervisor, and our internal committee on appointment, promotion and tenure. By the time of my last reappointment they were LEAN, MEAN BULLSHITTING MACHINES. I just read the first paragraph of my research statement, which included a sentence on how I "...envision librarians contributing to the undergraduate curriculum through effective teaching in traditional and progressive learning spaces..." and "...librarians as facilitators of a quality undergraduate research experience..." Did *I* write that? I mean, seriously?

I was actually kind of impressed. :) Who knew I had such a way with the professional verbiage? Certainly not me, in my right mind. I must have been under a statement deadline last time and really channeled the buzzword fairies. Anyway, I'm happy that I can leave some of the text, although I have to update everything else but that introduction. I'll take it.

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