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Title: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on June 14, 2019, 06:11:08 AM
Continuing, for those full-out, unimpeded celebrations!

One of my adult music students is working on a suite of three pieces, which is stretching her concentration and other skills in a good way.

Her lesson last night, in which she'd made solid progress in each of the parts of the suite, was something like a quiet revelation to both of us--like seeing the sky on the way to pushing a big boulder up a hill.

She always plays well, but sometimes a bit dutifully. This time she really put herself into it and it showed in several places. When I said, "Really good, that's definite progress," she breathed, looked up, and said, "Yes. Much better."

It was just a lovely, agreeable moment.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: traductio on June 19, 2019, 06:44:51 PM
I submitted the final version of a book manuscript yesterday. It's monograph number 3 for me, and the one I wrote 'cuz it was fun and I wanted to.

I got tenure not too long ago and have taken advantage of it. If the book didn't get published, it didn't matter, at least as far as my career was concerned. So I could write it exactly as I wanted to, and I did. Surprisingly (or not, I'm not sure), it's the only book I've gotten through the review process in one round. One reviewer even says "publish as is." (Reviewer B gave a classic Reviewer B review.)

So I'm pretty happy about that!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on June 19, 2019, 07:17:39 PM
Whooo-Hooo!

Impressive.

Glad it was fun, too.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: turing_complete on June 30, 2019, 08:11:31 AM
I was just awarded a fancy new research chair.  More time and funds for research, a larger group of grad students/postdocs, and a reduced teaching load (but not 0; I had a 0 teaching load for a couple of years for administrative reasons, and I couldn't stand it—I didn't take this job to not teach).
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Scout on June 30, 2019, 03:29:17 PM
I was just awarded a fancy new research chair.  More time and funds for research, a larger group of grad students/postdocs, and a reduced teaching load (but not 0; I had a 0 teaching load for a couple of years for administrative reasons, and I couldn't stand it—I didn't take this job to not teach).

That’s fantastic!

I start my new job as Dean tomorrow
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: turing_complete on June 30, 2019, 04:45:51 PM
I start my new job as Dean tomorrow

Good luck!  I hope you can accomplish good things!

Department chair, I'm willing to take my turn at.  Dean, you are braver than I.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ciao_yall on July 01, 2019, 06:46:27 AM
I start my new job as Dean tomorrow

Good luck!  I hope you can accomplish good things!

Department chair, I'm willing to take my turn at.  Dean, you are braver than I.

Congratulations!

Our college just promoted two excellent people so there is hope in this world.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: octoprof on July 01, 2019, 08:15:31 AM
I'm on vacation, sort of. I'm still working on research and teaching online, but I'm far from home and from campus. Today has been one of those rare glorious days when the weather is just right and I have nothing pressing that must be done. I have biked a little, walked a little, taken photographs, listened to the sounds of nature, and generally just done nothing. Aaaaaaaaaah.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: drbrt on July 01, 2019, 10:31:00 AM
I’m taking an actual vacation. On the first safari drive, we saw four of the big five animals. I might even be relaxed enough to go to the conference I’m technically here for after this.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: octoprof on July 02, 2019, 07:20:46 AM
Today on my bike ride I found a butcher shop open in the otherwise deserted and foodless village. So exciting. I get to have protein in every meal today.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paddington_bear on July 08, 2019, 04:48:32 PM
Today I had a great, unsolicited conversation with an incoming minority student about minority literature and culture, what I teach, and the importance of representation in education. Paddington U is mostly white and most of the students of color aren't expressly interested in issues of  race or diversity, etc., either in terms of the curriculum or campus activities.  (One of many reasons that I want to - finally - get up out of here.) I was so excited to have this conversation with the student. I feel seen!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: octoprof on July 20, 2019, 05:14:32 AM
I biked about 10k today. Not much but more than I've been able to do in the past week or so.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on July 20, 2019, 09:50:54 AM
My newer BP medicine makes me dizzy and faint when the outside temp gets above about 85 degrees Fahrenheit, so I've been scared to walk around my neighborhood in the mornings (evenings are out of the question right now).

My husband gently suggested this morning that I try, so I did. It was just barely cool enough for a nice walk of about 30 minutes. It was great to be outside around all the lush greenery, listening to the birds and watching the various little animals in the nearby park run around (or fly around) doing their thing.

Really a great start to the day!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on July 25, 2019, 04:31:01 AM
Listening to my bright, chatty little 5-year-old keyboard student as she talks her way through fingerings, rhythms, and note-names, I was struck by how cheerfully she manages all those tasks, and how satisfied we both were as she finished a piece, playing it well.

It's truly a joy to recognize your small part in someone else's pleasure. She'd play well for almost anyone, she's a good kid; what a gift to be allowed to be present to her birthing of herself in her work.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: phattangent on July 25, 2019, 04:50:27 AM
I biked about 10k today. Not much but more than I've been able to do in the past week or so.
Such a good feeling. I "try" get in ~32k when I can devote two hours to relaxing cycling.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 29, 2019, 08:07:44 PM
Happy New Year to those celebrating Rosh HaShanah!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on September 30, 2019, 05:30:10 AM
The gym-ing I've been doing is starting to produce muscle bulges.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: sprout on September 30, 2019, 12:12:49 PM
The gym-ing I've been doing is starting to produce muscle bulges.

Nice!  I've been managing to get to the gym more regularly too, and I love feeling an actual bit of firmness when I flex.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on October 04, 2019, 05:15:28 AM
New car! And yes, it's red and fast and has a stick instead of an automatic.

(I only had two choices for midsize sedans that come with a stick: VW Jetta and Honda Accord. I chose the latter, for many reasons, not least of which were the current acceleration and the future maintenance costs.)

So, woo hoo! And let the tickets commence.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: FishProf on October 04, 2019, 09:53:44 AM
New (to me) car.  2012 Prius Plus.  I love it.  I have nearly doubled my mpg.

I gave up a CUV, but MrsFishProf has a Honda CRV so I can still drive that when needed.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: namazu on October 04, 2019, 10:03:04 AM
paultuttle and FishProf, enjoy your cars in good health (and safety)!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 28, 2019, 12:33:00 AM
I have bought pants! Amidst the rows upon rows of 'slim', 'skinny', and 'super-skinny' fit trousers, which I was horrified to see have taken over not only women's sections, but also mens---my erstwhile home and go-to store of relaxed, comfy, pocketed pants---I found a sale rack of wide-leg khaki pants marked down to $18 or so, with no sizes between 0 and 10.  Since I am a perfect 10, I snagged them, tried them on, and in almost every way they are perfect: Exact fit, high-wasted enough not to show butt-crack when I sit down, thin enough fabric to dry in my wilderness of dryer-less laundry facilities without being flimsy, no pleats (wtf is that coming back?), super comfy, and properly wide legs. AND POCKETS! Not huge pockets--I got them in a women's department, so of course that was never an option--but large enough to fit my hand or a wallet reasonably well. The hems could perhaps be half an inch longer, but since I make it my policy to always wear interesting socks, I can roll with it. They are in all things the blandest, boringest, most perfectly unfashionable pants I have ever had the pleasure to wear.

I bought every one I could find on the rack, even the slightly weird shade of brownish-purple. It is my dearest wish that these will last me several years, until (dare I even dream?) the fashion of skinny fit has gone out again. I mean, after 'super-skinny' (that was new to me), they don't have much further to go before they bounce back.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: wareagle on October 28, 2019, 04:15:11 AM
I am envious. I hate shopping for pants.  I mean, HATE it.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 28, 2019, 02:34:58 PM
I am envious. I hate shopping for pants.  I mean, HATE it.

It is a ghastly endeavor, indeed. I have spent three years in my current city without finding a good outlet for pants, so yesterday's victory is multiply satisfying.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 25, 2019, 06:56:22 AM
My shiny new computer wasn't playing any sound. So I followed some instructions from the manufacturer's troubleshooting page, and they worked, and now I have sound again! Since otherwise I really like my computer, and spent quite a long time setting it up and getting all the software installed and so on, I'm really pleased I won't need to send it back.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 19, 2019, 12:47:18 AM
FOUND!

The 18th c. midwife's license I had NO REASON to expect would really turn up in the London records!

Ha!

More work to do, but several dots can be connected and the paper strengthened thereby!

YEAAAA!

《mamselle shimmies off to finish the happy dance begun very quietly in the archives when she turned the page over, and THERE IT WAS!》

OK, I know there a larger research discoveries in the world, but this search had a particular Kierkegaardian leap-like quality to it....

;--}


M.

Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: traductio on December 19, 2019, 06:52:58 PM
Learned today that my sabbatical request has been approved. I'm very excited about this.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 20, 2019, 02:14:18 AM
Cool beans!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on December 21, 2019, 02:45:37 PM
Learned today that my sabbatical request has been approved. I'm very excited about this.

Congratulations!  This was going to be my year to apply.....but my place "suspended" (i.e., we''l never see them again) sabbaticals last year.  All best on yours!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: traductio on December 21, 2019, 05:48:47 PM
Learned today that my sabbatical request has been approved. I'm very excited about this.

Congratulations!  This was going to be my year to apply.....but my place "suspended" (i.e., we''l never see them again) sabbaticals last year.  All best on yours!

Thanks! I've been waiting almost 12 years for a sabbatical. I left my old school right after getting tenure, and although I had a shortened tenure clock at my new school, the counter for my sabbatical started at zero.

Sorry to here about your school suspending sabbaticals. That's increasingly common, I fear.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 21, 2019, 10:37:23 PM
Learned today that my sabbatical request has been approved. I'm very excited about this.

Congratulations!  This was going to be my year to apply.....but my place "suspended" (i.e., we''l never see them again) sabbaticals last year.  All best on yours!

Chiming to the regrets on your behalf for the loss of sabbatical possibilities. If anyone ever deserved or needed one, I'm guessing you'd be in the top of the list, judging from all you've dealt with over the years.

It's mean to take away something like that, that represents hope and healing to people. I'm also angry on your behalf that the perception of academic work in various circles that ought to know better is so dismissive and self-righteous.

One's work in forming the lives of your students can't be measured in classroom hours alone.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 13, 2020, 04:25:06 PM
Thank goodness, my little blue XHDD came through for me with the files I needed to a) write an abstract due Wednesday, and b) get materials together for two other upcoming events.

Its tiny plug input had become jammed, and then broken off on the plug, but it was clear the files on it were all intact.

It was possible to hold the plug into contact with the internal connector,  with one hand, while clicking and swiping files into the open folder where they needed to go on the other.

My first target was the files for the abstract--a complicated Ppt I'd done in the spring, and hadn't backed up anywhere yet when the connector became compromised in July.

Then I pushed my luck and tried for a few more needed files I'd done then.

I was able to get most of those before it started squeaking and flashing....and then it shut down and became harder to revive.

There are a couple more things still needed, but I can wait to try to pull those later.

I really did not want to (nor did I think I could) re-create the 50-slide set of visual prompts I used for the paper I gave on the topic last spring.

VERY, very glad I don't have to.

Now...I just have to write the abstract.

M. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: bibliothecula on January 14, 2020, 12:53:49 PM
Two really good first days of classes! Phew.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on January 17, 2020, 04:05:00 AM
This semester is the first time in literally years that I have not been teaching completely new courses. My mind is boggling at the freedom that comes with pulling out last year's lecture notes, reading through them, making sure the links on the powerpoints still work, and then going, 'yup--that's still what I want to say!' and posting them on the CMS and being done. It's glorious. Last year I spent all weekend writing lectures. This year I'm done with next week's lectures half an hour after I decide to start working on them.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 17, 2020, 06:39:33 AM
Thank goodness, my little blue XHDD came through for me with the files I needed to a) write an abstract due Wednesday, and b) get materials together for two other upcoming events.

Its tiny plug input had become jammed, and then broken off on the plug, but it was clear the files on it were all intact.

It was possible to hold the plug into contact with the internal connector,  with one hand, while clicking and swiping files into the open folder where they needed to go on the other.

My first target was the files for the abstract--a complicated Ppt I'd done in the spring, and hadn't backed up anywhere yet when the connector became compromised in July.

Then I pushed my luck and tried for a few more needed files I'd done then.

I was able to get most of those before it started squeaking and flashing....and then it shut down and became harder to revive.

There are a couple more things still needed, but I can wait to try to pull those later.

I really did not want to (nor did I think I could) re-create the 50-slide set of visual prompts I used for the paper I gave on the topic last spring.

VERY, very glad I don't have to.

Now...I just have to write the abstract.

M.

Abstract done, written and submitted.

3 AM is close enough to midnight if you've been teaching and editing all day and needed a short nap (i.e., fell asleep over the keyboard...) before finishing, right?

After all, it's midnight somewhere then....

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 07, 2020, 01:48:23 PM
Am I the only one breathing here?

;--》

Anyway...I'm so grateful for the NYC culture that puts actual classical pieces (with a smattering of very old film tunes) on the Muzak loop in the Penn Station waiting room.

Sooo...soothing, centering, humanizing.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on February 08, 2020, 06:46:22 AM
Am I the only one breathing here?


No, I've been breathing much better lately too.  And not just because that collapsed lung from my dog attack some months back has healed!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 08, 2020, 08:24:19 AM
Wow. That's very good news. That wasn't your only injury, either, was it?

How is all that going now?

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on February 10, 2020, 07:18:20 AM
Wow. That's very good news. That wasn't your only injury, either, was it?

How is all that going now?

M.

Okay.  I'm now able to sleep on either side.  The big challenge now is rebuilding my upper body strength.

Without getting into a lot of detail, my injury last summer wasn't the worst thing to happen to either me individually or to my family last summer.  We're better now.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 16, 2020, 09:20:49 AM
Glad things are better...all good thoughts for continued healing in all dimensions.


My inhale: two friends and I had a spur-of-the-moment "UnValintine's Party" last night.

We went to a good crepes cafe, ate crepes, drank tea, and shared a chocolate-Strawberry-chantilly crepe for dessert. (Before and After photos of the plate suggest how good it was!l)

The rules were:
  1. No red, no pink, no lace.
  2. No flowers (we decided candy or sweets might be OK...hence the dessert crepe at the end!)

We spent three hours eating, discussing drawing, travel, quilting, painting, museums, knitting, new homes (two had recently moved), books, France, Quebec, Vancouver, California, jewelry, job hunting, and...oh, libraries.

No romantic relationships, or their lack, were even considered. They never even came up.

It was a fine evening.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on February 16, 2020, 09:31:59 AM
I'm in the capital for a week-long training course in geometric art (a newish interest of mine), which happened to overlap with our mid-semester break, so I can do it without even missing any classes. And Absolutive came with me for the weekend, where we went to see an exhibition at a museum, visited wonderful, wonderful local bookstores, ate really good pizza, had cocktails, and made a pilgrimage to a neighborhood where some of his heros lived (and about whom he's been reading a group biography). It's been such a nice weekend, and now my class starts tomorrow and I'm really excited for it.

After Absolutive left, I caught up on Picard, which is a very, very good show!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 16, 2020, 10:46:38 AM
Yea!

Sounds wonderful!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 20, 2020, 04:22:59 PM
Ok, another double inhale....

A. Buses have ramps as well as kneeling sides, so I can wean myself away from cabs!

B. I've proven to my own satisfaction that the info for the blog I'm trying to finish either doesn't exist or is too hard to find to keep looking.

So I can finish it and send it out into the world to do whatever good it may do...and get it off my to-do list!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on February 21, 2020, 09:00:48 AM
ALHS and I started on Weight Watchers about 3 weeks ago.  We've both lost about 20 pounds so far--and can both stand to lose a good deal more.  I know it won't keep coming off this fast, and that's OK; I have no plans of becoming slim and svelte at my age.  Rather, I just want to stop gaining (as I had been in December and January) and to get my blood sugar numbers down.  Bonus:  I can already fit back into clothes that had been tight, and with room left over.  I'm particularly happy with myself, since my mobility is pretty limited and exercising to any serious degree is currently off the table.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ciao_yall on February 21, 2020, 09:16:30 AM
ALHS and I started on Weight Watchers about 3 weeks ago.  We've both lost about 20 pounds so far--and can both stand to lose a good deal more.  I know it won't keep coming off this fast, and that's OK; I have no plans of becoming slim and svelte at my age.  Rather, I just want to stop gaining (as I had been in December and January) and to get my blood sugar numbers down.  Bonus:  I can already fit back into clothes that had been tight, and with room left over.  I'm particularly happy with myself, since my mobility is pretty limited and exercising to any serious degree is currently off the table.

I love WW! Will PM you my screen name and you can follow me if you want.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on February 21, 2020, 10:13:23 AM
Congratulations on all the progress folks have been posting lately.

Did I already mention that we have SUN here today?  Makes the air a lot nicer to inhale, even if it is still bracingly chilly.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 21, 2020, 02:52:31 PM
Yea, sun!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on February 24, 2020, 01:42:38 AM
A bunch of things that are working out nicely the last week or two:

1. I had a wonderful time at a week-long workshop on Islamic geometric art, and I think I've persuaded Absolutive to go with me for an eight-day summer school on the same topic in Spain. I'll do the classes and he'll go hiking.

2. I got a very favorable R&R from the TOP JOURNAL IN MY FIELD!

3. I've discovered how to batch-processs audiobook files from Librivox from mono into stereo, so I can get them out of both ears in my wireless headphones. Before I was doing it track-by-track, which is extremely tedious. Now I can click a button and the files convert in the background.

4. For reasons that I'll keep coy for purposes of institutional/regional anonymity, I will not be working much for the next three weeks, and I'm really looking forward to getting this break!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: scamp on February 25, 2020, 08:13:36 AM
A bunch of things that are working out nicely the last week or two:

1. I had a wonderful time at a week-long workshop on Islamic geometric art, and I think I've persuaded Absolutive to go with me for an eight-day summer school on the same topic in Spain. I'll do the classes and he'll go hiking.

2. I got a very favorable R&R from the TOP JOURNAL IN MY FIELD!

3. I've discovered how to batch-processs audiobook files from Librivox from mono into stereo, so I can get them out of both ears in my wireless headphones. Before I was doing it track-by-track, which is extremely tedious. Now I can click a button and the files convert in the background.

4. For reasons that I'll keep coy for purposes of institutional/regional anonymity, I will not be working much for the next three weeks, and I'm really looking forward to getting this break!

All nice inhales!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 01, 2020, 09:37:01 PM
Ok, after all my grousing over on the venting thread....

1. I'm closer to being done with the dread transcription. And I paid two bills.
2. I got more work in on my article, including pictures and text. One more pass may do for a near-final draft.
3. Handling silk and really good trim for a Renaissance dress is a healing experience!
4. I'm going to allow myself one episode of Nero Wolfe (gorgeous work! Who recommended this?) and a couple of shorter films and then go to bed.

Day decently lived, I think.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on March 01, 2020, 11:30:09 PM
Say more about Nero Wolfe! My parents read the books when I was little, so the name is familiar, and when period detective serials are good, they're so much fun. (I speak, of course, of Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet's Hercule Poirot, and the inimitable Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.)

Unfortunately, I haven't found a good Lord Peter Wimsey adaptation yet.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 02, 2020, 06:24:50 AM
Indeed. Dangerously, time-wastingly good.

I just finished all of Brett's Holmes, saw all of Miss Fisher's earlier series and several others in recent years...and yes, the Nero Wolfe series is so far excellent in the same ways, luxurious fittings and clothing, wonderful filming, etc.

It's on YouTube right now; let me know if a search doesn't bring it up and I'll post the URL...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: San Joaquin on March 02, 2020, 09:21:12 AM
Okay, I just had a really good interview with nice, engaged, professional colleagues who demonstrated caring and integrity.  It had been a long time with some dismal results, and this is quite heartening.

I also did well by my own internal standards, as is not always the case.  A good boost, regardless of the search results.

Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 02, 2020, 10:13:43 AM
Indeed. Dangerously, time-wastingly good.

I just finished all of Brett's Holmes, saw all of Miss Fisher's earlier series and several others in recent years...and yes, the Nero Wolfe series is so far excellent in the same ways, luxurious fittings and clothing, wonderful filming, etc.

It's on YouTube right now; let me know if a search doesn't bring it up and I'll post the URL...

M.

Here's the first episode.

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UvZDRXVBUo

I warned you...

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on March 10, 2020, 07:54:13 AM
After more than two months of stressing after Cigna said my hospital/doctor/providers would no longer take my insurance, I got a letter yesterday saying that they've come to a multiyear agreement and I can stay with my doc!  Woohoo!  I literally put the letter down and immediately called in for an appointment for later today (interthreaduality).

It doesn't seem like a big deal, but after all my health problems last year, I really did NOT want to have to change doctors.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 10, 2020, 07:56:04 AM
What a relief. Glad to hear it.

(I hope you don't need them as much as before, though!)

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: alto_stratus on March 20, 2020, 12:15:20 PM
It's Friday and remote happy hour is nigh. . .
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: fast_and_bulbous on March 20, 2020, 12:24:58 PM
It's Friday and remote happy hour is nigh. . .
Indeed... the usual bunch of us that normally gather at the pub every Friday after work are doing an online video thing tonight for the first time. It won't be the same, but it will be good to see some familiar faces. While drinking beer.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 22, 2020, 05:02:07 PM
The next iteration of the gravestone blog is at least in something like a final-draft form.

I've sent it to two friends to see if it's readable.

Whew!!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on March 23, 2020, 09:52:30 AM
Just got a lengthy and informative email from my pension plan, reminding members that

1.  we're a defined benefit plan (so those who are already retired and vested have our benefits set, regardless of the markets)
2.  we have "several billions" of dollars in liquid assets to pay benefits now and well into the future (about $250M paid out monthly)
3.  Investments are widely diversified, with a 30-year horizon and $9 billion in Treasuries
4.  There's no plan to increase contributions (steady since 2011), and when it does go up, the rise is capped at 0.5%
5.  State statute protects the benefits from decreasing, once vested

So.  Retiring at 65 was going to be a long shot financially anyway. Since lots of my colleagues who'd hoped to retire around that same year are going to have to hang on longer, once all this current upheaval is done, I have to remember that even if I have to keep working too, I still have it pretty darned good.  We have little/no debt, and my only real concern is to keep working long enough to get ALHS and myself onto Medicare. Other than that, I can live poor if we have to.  I definitely don't have the debt load, younger kids, health insurance worries, etc. that my younger colleagues (who'd hoped to retire by their early 50s in a few more years) have to contend with.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: cathwen on March 23, 2020, 10:13:01 AM
Indeed. Dangerously, time-wastingly good.

I just finished all of Brett's Holmes, saw all of Miss Fisher's earlier series and several others in recent years...and yes, the Nero Wolfe series is so far excellent in the same ways, luxurious fittings and clothing, wonderful filming, etc.

It's on YouTube right now; let me know if a search doesn't bring it up and I'll post the URL...

M.

Here's the first episode.

   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UvZDRXVBUo

I warned you...

;--}

M.

Oh my goodness!  Thank you for this, Mamselle! 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 23, 2020, 12:41:15 PM
De nada!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: traductio on March 24, 2020, 03:57:34 PM
My new book came out today!* Yay!

* As an open-access e-book. There'll be paper versions eventually, but coronavirus.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 24, 2020, 04:54:07 PM
Felicitations!

(Congrats!)

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: archaeo42 on March 25, 2020, 10:31:33 AM
I had acted as a reviewer for an NSF dissertation grant in the Fall. The student is someone I've met a couple times and was interested in their research focus generally. I checked the NSF awards database today and learned they had a successful proposal! I'll be very interested to see the final results.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on March 27, 2020, 08:02:14 PM

I have my own laptop. I have home internet. I can work at home and my job that seems fairly secure. I am not worried about elderly parents, both of whom died serene in their belief in heaven. My cousins are caring for their elderly parents. My loved ones all seem to be taking appropriate precautions to stay healthy.  I live in a low-density, gated, 55-plus apartment complex with a walking path, grass, and trees, so I can walk safely. My mostly older and retired neighbors are waving and talking from a distance when outside.

In the midst of challenging days, I can inhale deeply.

Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on March 28, 2020, 04:25:28 AM
There's a river that cuts my neighborhood in two, just a few blocks from my front door, and it has a lovely river path that extends for miles along it. Wild garlic grows along the banks in astonishing profusion. I've been putting on an audio book and taking long walks along it the last few days, collecting the garlic ramps by the pound to add some zing to my rather dull beans-and-rice meals*. It's been doing wonders for mental health.

*No real problems, just lots of pantry food to eat so as to reduce the frequency of grocery trips.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: sinenomine on March 28, 2020, 05:22:18 AM
I have a job and stability, I’m saving money by not commuting or dining out, and I get to spend plenty of time outside with my horse and at home, making music.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on March 30, 2020, 08:37:56 AM
Having gone from being an energetic amoebocyte in the mesoglea of life to a sessile polyp, I find myself thriving.

Very grateful.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on March 30, 2020, 08:42:41 AM
Classes started again today, and my second 8-weeks class opened.  Relief!  (All the "OMG, this is going to be SOOOOOO hard" emails were getting to me.)

Also, I heard from an older, really fun student from my Comp I from last fall (which feels like about 100 years ago). She just wanted to check and see if I was OK--nice!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on March 30, 2020, 10:04:45 AM
Still able to work, and have not yet been required to lay off any staff.  And so far I've had hardly any allergy trouble this spring, which keeps me from getting any suspicious looks when I'm around others.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on April 03, 2020, 12:55:19 PM
Just had the first meeting of my new online music theory class!

All four expected students attended, all participated, they seemed to understand what we were doing and they seemed to enjoy it!

Whew!

More work to do to prep the next one, but this is a new venture, and I'm happy it's working.

Yea!!!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on April 03, 2020, 03:19:36 PM
Just had the first meeting of my new online music theory class!

All four expected students attended, all participated, they seemed to understand what we were doing and they seemed to enjoy it!

Whew!

More work to do to prep the next one, but this is a new venture, and I'm happy it's working.

Yea!!!

M.
Congratulations, mamselle! I'm glad your new venture started well. Always good to hear of people who are enjoying learning.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on April 04, 2020, 10:43:30 AM
I still have a job, I'm still able to work, I still have work to do, I'm still being paid, and it's still the same salary. Even more importantly, I have a healthy husband, brothers, sisters in law, parents, extended family members, and friends.

We have food, water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and Internet--all working. We have cleaning supplies, medical supplies, medicine for at least a month, and dishwashing and laundry detergent. And staying inside has meant much less exposure to pollen, which has meant much less danger of springtime bronchitis or pneumonia due to the yellow stuff.

The main hallway in our house is long enough to walk up and down for exercise; we also have a bicycle hooked up to an indoor trainer, and we've downloaded some instructions for inside exercise routines to use while isolating. My husband's gotten back into yoga, which has lessened his sleep apnea.

Outside our front door are pink, white, and magenta azalea bushes, in the side yard are jonquils and more azaleas, and in the back yard is a Japanese cherry tree, all in spectacular bloom. Across the street is a park with a walking/bicycling/jogging trail.

We have Netflix and Hulu subscriptions and a DVD-filled bookcase. The other 15 bookcases (all six feet tall) are full of interesting reading material. We have two smart TVs, two laptops, a tablet, and two smart phones. And we purchased the same model tablet for my mother for Christmas so she can see my overseas brother while talking with him and so she can take virtual trips using YouTube travel videos. (The fact that the tablet isn't set up yet and will have to be set up by my father while listening to instructions from my husband over the telephone is, in the middle of all this, a minor inconvenience.)

I feel really grateful. True, psychologically, sitting here waiting for the coronavirus to peak in NC is like waiting for an enormous slow-motion tsunami to overwhelm me and my community, but I know I'm doing all I can to stay safe and healthy, and the plants and animals outside are thriving, so I feel hopeful as well.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ciao_yall on April 04, 2020, 11:40:46 AM
I still have a job, I'm still able to work, I still have work to do, I'm still being paid, and it's still the same salary. Even more importantly, I have a healthy husband, brothers, sisters in law, parents, extended family members, and friends.

We have food, water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, and Internet--all working. We have cleaning supplies, medical supplies, medicine for at least a month, and dishwashing and laundry detergent. And staying inside has meant much less exposure to pollen, which has meant much less danger of springtime bronchitis or pneumonia due to the yellow stuff.

The main hallway in our house is long enough to walk up and down for exercise; we also have a bicycle hooked up to an indoor trainer, and we've downloaded some instructions for inside exercise routines to use while isolating. My husband's gotten back into yoga, which has lessened his sleep apnea.

Outside our front door are pink, white, and magenta azalea bushes, in the side yard are jonquils and more azaleas, and in the back yard is a Japanese cherry tree, all in spectacular bloom. Across the street is a park with a walking/bicycling/jogging trail.

We have Netflix and Hulu subscriptions and a DVD-filled bookcase. The other 15 bookcases (all six feet tall) are full of interesting reading material. We have two smart TVs, two laptops, a tablet, and two smart phones. And we purchased the same model tablet for my mother for Christmas so she can see my overseas brother while talking with him and so she can take virtual trips using YouTube travel videos. (The fact that the tablet isn't set up yet and will have to be set up by my father while listening to instructions from my husband over the telephone is, in the middle of all this, a minor inconvenience.)

I feel really grateful. True, psychologically, sitting here waiting for the coronavirus to peak in NC is like waiting for an enormous slow-motion tsunami to overwhelm me and my community, but I know I'm doing all I can to stay safe and healthy, and the plants and animals outside are thriving, so I feel hopeful as well.

Thank you for this.

We also have a lot to be grateful for, and I need to focus on feeling grateful instead of guilty, and helping those in need instead of worrying about them.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Antiphon1 on April 04, 2020, 09:13:00 PM
We are employed and look to be for at least the next contract period.  My work is challenging in an annoying but bearable fashion largely due to the wrenching change in delivery.  But so be it.  It's not perfect, but it never is. 

Our children are safe.  The extended family is well so far.  We are trying to worry less starting with ignoring all things coming out of under qualified elected officials mouths.  An unexpected upside to social distancing is not being bombarded by squishy propaganda in every random public space. 

We were just discussing that it feels like the beginning of summer.  It's slightly disconcerting to be working from home on my own schedule at this time of the year; however, the landscaping has never looked better.  We've mulched, trimmed, fertilized and planted in a timely manner and it shows.  The lilacs and irises are stunning.  It's gone from neighborhood shame to yard of the month quality.  Stunning what happens when we have daylight and energy. 

I don't think we've really appreciated how this tiny, out of the way location prepared us for the ennui of forced isolation.  While I'd like a bit more conversation occasionally, I'm not feeling particularly lonely at this point.  The phone works just fine.  Our town is very walkable with less traffic.  I walk to campus and back every morning which wasn't even a possibility three weeks ago. 

All thing taken equally, we've tried to choose to be satisfied with our time away from work and friends.  It's not unpleasant at all.  We're thankful for having a safe, healthy home.  And we'll be happy with this reality until this is no longer our reality. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: archaeo42 on April 15, 2020, 07:21:44 AM
We received our stimulus money today (direct deposit). I used some if it to make a sizable donation to our local food pantry. My job is more than enough for the two of us and we are lucky to not be in financial straits of any kind.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on April 15, 2020, 07:25:37 AM

We received our stimulus money today (direct deposit). I used some if it to make a sizable donation to our local food pantry.

That's a lovely thing to do, Archaeo. Yay for you!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on May 05, 2020, 06:36:32 AM
I had my conversation with the dean to conclude my 3-year faculty evaluation yesterday.  It was far better than I ever expected possible.  (My service narrative was very thin, partly because of health issues the past year and partly because I just stopped giving a damn about 7 years ago.)  She was extremely complimentary and included a lot of substance in her feedback, not the usual "nice job" kind of things.

Interestingly, this followed a very contentious meeting involving her, our chair, the president, and my department faculty last week.  She hasn't learned all she needs to know about our discipline or about our department's history of poor treatment by Admin (e.g., the recent RIF hit our people more than twice as hard as the next closest department's firings), but she's willing to listen and to learn and to admit that our complaints have merit.  She's the first admin in a decade who's done any of this, so while I've never been impressed with her, I am now, in a cautious but hopeful way.

She closed our talk yesterday by saying that of the ~40 evaluations she did this spring, my student evals*, classroom observations, and service and teaching narratives were the best she saw.  It's nice to get that compliment after a rough few years, and also to have it come from someone I feel I can finally work with and respect.

---
*Averages of the marks on my student evals were all 4.5 or higher, with about a third of the questions getting 5.0! That's WAY better than I'd expected, based on a few "problem children" over the past three-year cycle.

TL; DR version:  an unexpectedly good faculty eval, plus, I'm done for another 3 years!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on May 05, 2020, 04:36:15 PM
I had my conversation with the dean to conclude my 3-year faculty evaluation yesterday.  It was far better than I ever expected possible.  (My service narrative was very thin, partly because of health issues the past year and partly because I just stopped giving a damn about 7 years ago.)  She was extremely complimentary and included a lot of substance in her feedback, not the usual "nice job" kind of things.

Interestingly, this followed a very contentious meeting involving her, our chair, the president, and my department faculty last week.  She hasn't learned all she needs to know about our discipline or about our department's history of poor treatment by Admin (e.g., the recent RIF hit our people more than twice as hard as the next closest department's firings), but she's willing to listen and to learn and to admit that our complaints have merit.  She's the first admin in a decade who's done any of this, so while I've never been impressed with her, I am now, in a cautious but hopeful way.

She closed our talk yesterday by saying that of the ~40 evaluations she did this spring, my student evals*, classroom observations, and service and teaching narratives were the best she saw.  It's nice to get that compliment after a rough few years, and also to have it come from someone I feel I can finally work with and respect.

---
*Averages of the marks on my student evals were all 4.5 or higher, with about a third of the questions getting 5.0! That's WAY better than I'd expected, based on a few "problem children" over the past three-year cycle.

TL; DR version:  an unexpectedly good faculty eval, plus, I'm done for another 3 years!

Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mythbuster on May 05, 2020, 06:26:44 PM
We just put the e signatures on the refinancing of our mortgage. Somehow, we timed this just right and now have a rate below 3%, and shaved 2 years off the life of the loan. The monthly payments are several hundred dollars less that before, which will make up the paycut Mr. Buster took this month. We are coming out ahead. I'm calling it the unicorn mortgage. Even Clean would approve of this deal!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 07, 2020, 06:46:43 AM
I'm still really "out" (from the in/out board) to get work done (and it's getting done!...itself an inhale)...but I wanted to break radio silence just to say that, for all the entitled, worrisome kids one sees, there are still some good ones coming up through the ranks.

My (mostly) middle-schoolers' music theory online class includes one recently-acquired adult student who plays very well, but never had any formal theory instruction.

Two weeks ago, we were discussing intervals, and going over a quiz I'd set them, of identifying various written note combinations. We went round-Robin, calling out in turn, until the adult student said, "Ummm...minor 3rd."

Immediately three sweet voices chimed in, "No, I think that's a Major 6th...yes, it's a 6th...yeah, it's major because..." and I agreed, reinforcing the adult for his efforts...and we went on.

Later, in his lesson, the adult student was still chuckling over it.

He said, "My in-laws were visiting the new baby and I had the lesson on speaker phone in the next room. I had to explain to them that I was getting my b*** kicked by a bunch of 12-year-olds"

I was sort of proud of them....

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on May 07, 2020, 10:23:02 AM
During our recent days of fine weather local residents have been arranging drive-by "parades" for people who can't get out, like nursing home residents and those with birthdays.  Lots of cheering and waving and knowing people are thinking about them while maintaining social distancing.  Looks like they're getting ready to organize something similar for our high school seniors who are going to be cheated of their graduation.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 12, 2020, 06:51:55 PM
We had a folk dance online, with our usual excellent teacher. 20 people total, including two from several states away!

This is the outgrowth of a new group that started last year at a nearby state college, based on the Tuesday night outdoor dances that have been running for 35 36 years now.

My healing foot/leg really appreciated the workout and it was fun seeing people in their living rooms, dancing away!

Thanks be.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on May 14, 2020, 10:56:17 AM
I broke down and ordered Mallo Cups, which are a once-a-year purchase when I take Great Aunt Nessie to her favorite restaurant, Cracker Barrel, during my annual visit. They arrived in excellent condition, on an unseasonably cool Texas day in May. I ate one gooey sweet cup, then popped them in the fridge to ration out over the summer.

Mallo Cups, rarely found in the South, overly sweet, and yummy.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 19, 2020, 06:29:43 PM
I attended the online folk dance again tonight!

We had people from Chicago, WDC, Maine, and our own state attending.

We did 10 dances from 8 different countries, 3 different continents.

My feet are worn out and happy.

Sadly, no ice-cream could be consumed afterwards (there's a very good ice-cream place near where we usually dance outside in the summer) But this time three people remembered to have their ice cream out when we talked afterwards.

Another thing you can do online that you couldn't do otherwise--sometime I bet we have overseas dancers joining us....

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on May 26, 2020, 05:18:02 AM
What a lovely thread. May I join you?

Quarantine was really getting to me, but this past weekend was restful and helped me feel better about things. My husband and I had a date night; we got take-out and watched stand up comedy on Netflix. It was lovely to relax together, plus I went to get our dinner ahead of time and it turns out that the world was still there and I got to experience it. I've been feeling like my whole life is the size of a few rooms, and being out for the amount of time it took to get our dinner and come home was rejuvenating. Then on Monday we got burgers because it was Memorial Day, and they tasted like being on a boardwalk and hearing the sounds of the beach. Now I feel ready for my week to happen.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 26, 2020, 09:13:12 AM
Sounds silly, but my upstairs neighbors are gone for a bit!

This means I can practice without risk of complaints, and maybe even play out on the porch this evening, again, if the weather holds.

Small freedoms, such a joy...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on May 27, 2020, 06:53:11 AM
Summer classes are ready to go--just need to flip the switch on Bb a week from Monday.

Finished the second baby blanket, which took only a week from start to finish (and could easily have been done in just a weekend of focused work on it).

Seem to have turned some kind of corner with my dean:  we've always been more or less polite, but she seems to be really showing that she "gets it" in recent weeks.  Just had a nice quick email exchange with her over a problem with the online schedule not working, and she is already looking into it.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 27, 2020, 07:11:50 AM
Summer classes are ready to go--just need to flip the switch on Bb a week from Monday.

Finished the second baby blanket, which took only a week from start to finish (and could easily have been done in just a weekend of focused work on it).

Seem to have turned some kind of corner with my dean:  we've always been more or less polite, but she seems to be really showing that she "gets it" in recent weeks.  Just had a nice quick email exchange with her over a problem with the online schedule not working, and she is already looking into it.

As I recall, you've been through the wringer with past admins/situations, it must be a sense of relief to have one edging towards the halfway-human side of the scale.

Glad to hear it!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: sinenomine on June 09, 2020, 11:14:38 AM
I picked up my first farm share allotment of the year this morning. Lots of super fresh, yummy fruit and veg. :-)
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on June 25, 2020, 10:47:10 AM
Several:

1.  The weather was cool and not humid yesterday as I had to run ALHS to not one but two orthopedic appointments in Big City.  (Especially nice, since I couldn't accompany him into the office because of COVID rules and instead sat in the car in the shady parking garages with the windows open and crocheted while I waited.)

2.  ALHS's appointments went relatively well.  The shoulder surgeon said the replacement of last July is looking great (although he prescribed PT as a prelude to an MRI which will probably lead to replacement of the left one by the end of the year--but at least we're not at that last stage just yet).  The knee/hip surgeon gave ALHS cortisone shots in both knees, and they actually worked by evening (although it sounds like at least one replacement is coming within the next 9-12 months).

3.  Kid #1 has moved from once-nice but increasingly crappy (drugs, drunks, constant cop presence) apartment near Big City, into a modest but nice farmhouse about 10 miles from us.  It's quiet and remote and has lots of room for the GSD, and it should be a great location for Kid to isolate and work on her web business and her art--just what she needs with her mental health issues and after the past year of increasing job and life upheaval. Hopefully her anxiety will decrease in response.

4.  I have some very nice students this summer.

5.  I've learned I don't have to go back to campus for the rest of the year (interthreaduality)! Yay!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on June 25, 2020, 11:59:26 AM
All good, but I know you were most concerned about #5, very glad to hear that!!

Quintuple Yea!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on June 26, 2020, 03:23:30 AM
I was allowed to go to my office to pick up my gym shoes last week, and since then I've started 'running' (i.e., alternating a slow job and a gasping walk every block or two). I went for a 'run' yesterday---my fourth since I've started 'running'---and I was able to go for a full 7 minutes before I had to stop and walk. I got farther than I've gotten before.  It's really nice to be active again, although I do miss the muscles I was building back when I had access to kettlebells classes.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on July 06, 2020, 04:05:08 PM
I am a pod of one, enjoying my Covid-induced agora-avoidance.

That is all.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on August 17, 2020, 05:01:27 PM
This summer, I moved from #27 to #1 on the reserved parking list! I am now the proud occupant of a prime parking space in the garage attached to my building. I can arrive after 7:30! I can go out to lunch whenever I want!

Seems a bit silly to pay an extra $300 a year for reserved parking given how many spaces are open with a third of faculty teaching online, but the average waitlist time for that garage is seven years. I’m grabbing the space while I can.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on August 17, 2020, 05:39:43 PM
Makes sense to me...especially if it means walking through fewer of the unmasked throngs to reach your office/classroom/cubicle in the library/whatever...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 22, 2020, 07:25:37 PM
Well, a double a month later....

It is truly heartening when an advanced student understands a critique and puts it to immediate use.

Even more so when they thank you for it and you know they mean it.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on September 23, 2020, 07:22:26 AM
Well, a double a month later....

It is truly heartening when an advanced student understands a critique and puts it to immediate use.

Even more so when they thank you for it and you know they mean it.

M.

That sounds great!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 23, 2020, 02:14:29 PM
Well, a double a month later....

It is truly heartening when an advanced student understands a critique and puts it to immediate use.

Even more so when they thank you for it and you know they mean it.

M.

That sounds great!

Thanks!

And today, after going through all the sevenths, I couldn't get my other more advanced student to stop going through his music trying to find them all....even though his brother was waiting for his lesson...!!!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: larryc on September 23, 2020, 10:21:03 PM
First Zoom meeting of my Digital Humanities class tonight. Lots of students, eager and willing. This is a favorite class but also a difficult one to teach. But this class is going to go great.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: FishProf on September 24, 2020, 05:33:53 AM
First full (split into two flights) lab of the year.  Difficult to do while (mostly) distanced, but I walked out going "Oh yeah.  That's why I love teaching".
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 24, 2020, 07:18:34 AM
Yes!

Cool feeling.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Catherder on October 07, 2020, 08:01:49 AM
Our federal government has just announced a national ban on six plastic products. The list includes:


    Grocery checkout bags,
    Straws
    Stir sticks
    Six-pack rings
    Plastic cutlery
    Food takeout containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics (like the black plastic packaging)

The principle is to ban items particularly harmful to the environment or difficult to recycle.

It's a start.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 07, 2020, 09:22:19 AM
I just had a really good meeting with my informal research group. We are not funded by any agency (not for lack of trying! Grant was rejected) but we work well together and like each other and published an article on our project earlier this year, and right at the end one of the people said, 'why aren't we analyzing our data this way instead of that other way?' and I couldn't think of a reason not to, and then we realized that this other type of analysis could be combined with an expansion of our dataset and that would be an easy way to pop out another article on the project, and I was happy.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 19, 2020, 04:45:29 AM
I've gotten my inbox to below 900 emails! This is not a high priority on my list, but it affords such a tangible sense of progress that I feel inspired to tackle the bigger tasks.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on November 19, 2020, 07:20:37 AM
This is the first time anybody has inhaled around here in over a month?  Deep breaths folks, deep breaths!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on December 02, 2020, 03:40:31 AM
I got a gift box in the mail that I was not expecting that had all kinds of delicious snacks inside. Yum!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 02, 2020, 04:23:31 AM
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on December 02, 2020, 06:22:09 AM
We broke over 400 preschoolers signed up for our local Dollie Parton's Imagination Library program.  A new high enrollment!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on December 02, 2020, 11:06:26 AM
2 family members just tested negative.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: arcturus on December 02, 2020, 12:09:01 PM
My time-consuming service activity involves working closely with nice, supportive people. Earlier this year, I was also recognized (awarded something) in part due to my work on this service task. I enjoy working with these people, our work is important, and I am being recognized for my efforts. This is a win, win, win, win.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 07, 2020, 02:33:49 PM
Silly-happy stuff just happens....

One of my students just now had to wait online for her lesson--the previous student is a mommy with three kids, one of whom, a toddler in toilet training, suddenly had to employ the facilities just as we were about to finish, delaying the end her lesson...

So while this student--one of my cool middle-schoolers--was in the Zoom "waiting room", she decided she wanted to write a holiday song and started a composition. She asked if we could to that for her lesson today, I agreed, so she played it for me and we worked on it for most of the time, instead of scales.

She had four measures of melody and a start on the left hand when I got to her; we figured out another 4 measures, and more left hand; I transcribed it on MuseScore and sent it to her, so she can do the rest on her own.

And we still had time to do quick run-throughs of her two pieces, which were fine--still in need of more work, but progressing--before we did a final "victory play-through" of the new piece.

Win-win as far as I was concerned.

i love my students.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ab_grp on December 07, 2020, 07:20:05 PM
Just got a text from eldest that she just wanted to tell me she loves me.  Now that she is a nurse, and her previously unrelated floor has become completely COVID patients, I had a little panic attack.  It turns out that on her brief time off she has been watching some murder show where people lost their parents, and she realized how little time we really have.  Still, holy inhale.  Happy to have a daughter who loves me, and very happy as well that this was not some other message!! Sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous inhale, but my worries are through the roof a lot of the time these days between her situation and others in my family/friends (and the world).
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on December 08, 2020, 07:24:07 AM
Just got a text from eldest that she just wanted to tell me she loves me.  Now that she is a nurse, and her previously unrelated floor has become completely COVID patients, I had a little panic attack.  It turns out that on her brief time off she has been watching some murder show where people lost their parents, and she realized how little time we really have.  Still, holy inhale.  Happy to have a daughter who loves me, and very happy as well that this was not some other message!! Sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous inhale, but my worries are through the roof a lot of the time these days between her situation and others in my family/friends (and the world).

Sometimes a good, slow inhale can help you to avoid some hyperventilation.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on December 08, 2020, 10:54:42 AM
A student in my lab won an award!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 08, 2020, 11:06:29 AM
Yea for both of you!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on December 08, 2020, 12:08:15 PM
Just got a text from eldest that she just wanted to tell me she loves me.  Now that she is a nurse, and her previously unrelated floor has become completely COVID patients, I had a little panic attack.  It turns out that on her brief time off she has been watching some murder show where people lost their parents, and she realized how little time we really have.  Still, holy inhale.  Happy to have a daughter who loves me, and very happy as well that this was not some other message!! Sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous inhale, but my worries are through the roof a lot of the time these days between her situation and others in my family/friends (and the world).

As a mom--not of a nurse, but of a bipolar kid with CTE who sat at this very desk less than a year ago with a knife to her throat--I completely understand. I've gotten a lot of "I love you" texts this year, more than in the past 30 years put together, and every time I still have to shake off the momentary "OMG, is she OK?" attacks.

I'm glad yours was a happy moment, and it's not ridiculous at all, having been there, done that.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ab_grp on December 08, 2020, 01:24:47 PM
Just got a text from eldest that she just wanted to tell me she loves me.  Now that she is a nurse, and her previously unrelated floor has become completely COVID patients, I had a little panic attack.  It turns out that on her brief time off she has been watching some murder show where people lost their parents, and she realized how little time we really have.  Still, holy inhale.  Happy to have a daughter who loves me, and very happy as well that this was not some other message!! Sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous inhale, but my worries are through the roof a lot of the time these days between her situation and others in my family/friends (and the world).

As a mom--not of a nurse, but of a bipolar kid with CTE who sat at this very desk less than a year ago with a knife to her throat--I completely understand. I've gotten a lot of "I love you" texts this year, more than in the past 30 years put together, and every time I still have to shake off the momentary "OMG, is she OK?" attacks.

I'm glad yours was a happy moment, and it's not ridiculous at all, having been there, done that.

Thanks! I hadn't realized I was basically holding my breath until the relief flooded over me.  Thus, the inhale.  I'm so sorry that you have been in such a position to have to worry about your kid.  May we always get the I love yous, and hopefully they won't always cause those worries.   
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: smallcleanrat on December 08, 2020, 02:46:06 PM
Just got a text from eldest that she just wanted to tell me she loves me.  Now that she is a nurse, and her previously unrelated floor has become completely COVID patients, I had a little panic attack.  It turns out that on her brief time off she has been watching some murder show where people lost their parents, and she realized how little time we really have.  Still, holy inhale.  Happy to have a daughter who loves me, and very happy as well that this was not some other message!! Sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous inhale, but my worries are through the roof a lot of the time these days between her situation and others in my family/friends (and the world).

As a mom--not of a nurse, but of a bipolar kid with CTE who sat at this very desk less than a year ago with a knife to her throat--I completely understand. I've gotten a lot of "I love you" texts this year, more than in the past 30 years put together, and every time I still have to shake off the momentary "OMG, is she OK?" attacks.

I'm glad yours was a happy moment, and it's not ridiculous at all, having been there, done that.

Thanks! I hadn't realized I was basically holding my breath until the relief flooded over me.  Thus, the inhale.  I'm so sorry that you have been in such a position to have to worry about your kid.  May we always get the I love yous, and hopefully they won't always cause those worries.

Just messaged my mom to tell her I love her...
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 09, 2020, 02:37:26 AM
A grad student I've been worried about submitted a draft of her results chapter in late summer, showing that she absolutely does not understand the first thing about basic linear regression analysis. I had a very worried meeting with her and helped walk her through the results of her analysis, but her demeanour is such that it's hard to tell if she understands or is being polite, and since she'd already sat in on a full semester-long class on basic statistics I was concerned that she didn't really understand how to interpret or write up her results.

Then which she went into labor and then disappeared for three months on maternity leave, only to reappear on the dot of three months later, with a chapter that she'd apparently been working on between our meeting and the birth of her child. And she understands everything! It's clumsy, sure, but she walks through her regression model line by line and explains what everything means and how to interpret it, and it's spot-on!

I've been concerned about her ever since she started writing up because English is not her first language and she struggles with her writing. Adding the statistical problems to that made me very worried. But now I'm not worried about that anymore. The writing still needs help, but the core content of her thesis is very sound. Phew!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 13, 2020, 08:48:07 PM
Good for all three of you (baby included)!

I'm mini-celebrating because: a) in the midst of all the music in my music room, I found the original of my freshman theory composition (a four-hand fugue for two players) and b) I finally finished notating it in MuseScore, and it's (pretty close to) right on.

Now to get some people to play it (some will be my students...) and see about publishing it.

It has languished over several moves, doubts, and uncertainties, but I think it's a decent piece for beginners and listening to it after all this time, it still sounds OK, so I'm going for it.

Now, back to the 15 things I should have been doing this afternoon.....

M.   
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on December 16, 2020, 10:56:25 AM
The. Semester. Is. Over.

Whew!

Now to start fielding the after-the-deadline whiny emails.
And start preparing for next semester, updating a class I last taught two years ago into synchronous online mode. (That's gonna take a lot of work.)


Larimar
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on December 17, 2020, 05:17:58 AM
It is very wintery and cozy, our Christmas decorations are up, and I got enough sleep last night.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 17, 2020, 11:46:03 PM
Our TAs are so easy to work with! When they are teaching as part of a team-taught course that I coordinate, they get their work done on time, send me the documents I need by the deadlines, read the instructions about what those documents should contain, and respond really quickly if I ask for corrections.

Faculty colleagues miss deadlines, don't read instructions, and overall are much easier to work with when they delegate their tasks to TAs.

This inhale is because one particularly negligent faculty colleague* has hired a TA, and now her portion of the course tasks is getting done properly, for once. Very nice!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: FishProf on December 19, 2020, 12:06:25 PM
I won't be chair next year and my replacement is awesome!!!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 19, 2020, 05:00:27 PM
I won't be chair next year and my replacement is awesome!!!

Yeeeaaa!!!!!!!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 20, 2020, 04:20:10 AM
INBOX ZERO!!!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on December 26, 2020, 02:19:31 PM
INBOX ZERO!!!

An impressive feat indeed! My inbox is not at zero and likely never will be, but I did get a lovely e-mail from a student who took a class with me this fall thanking me for some of the things that I had done in the course and saying some nice things about the class overall. That was a lovely thing to see in between e-mails from people who wanted things from me, people who were rejecting me for things, and people who were unhappy with their grades.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 28, 2020, 10:46:57 AM
This is, I hope, an inhale-in-advance.

I do not think hope I will not have to spend 6.5 hours in Zoom calls on New Years Day as I did this past Friday.

Family: 10AM-12:30 PM    2.5 hours

Friends:   2PM - 4PM        2.0 hours

Other friend: 6-8PM         2.0 hours
    TOTAL                       6.5 HOURS

....but who's counting?

Me.....by 8:30 I was fast asleep in bed, I was so zonked....

On va voir...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on December 29, 2020, 10:24:30 AM
Our biggest (by far) local property taxpayer has made their annual payment.  Despite their mass layoffs last year, and demolitions of redundant facilities this year, we did not take a big revenue hit this year on their tax assessments.  Next year we surely will, but not taking the loss of property tax revenue this year means an additional 12 months to prepare. 

Meanwhile the city, thanks to sales tax losses this year, has cut its budget for next year by eight percent.  The actual dollar amount is greater than the library's operating budget.  If we were a line item in the city's budget, instead of having our own dedicated library property millage rate, that could have been us that got cut.

We've come through 2020 so much better than we could have.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on January 05, 2021, 04:32:04 AM
I'm glad that the library is not its own line in that case, apl!

I just looked through my course evaluations for fall and my students said all kinds of nice things. I had a super unpleasant course evaluation experience the first time I taught my own class as a grad student so I've held my breath for every set of evaluations after that, even though they've all been very positive and affirming. I'm glad my students had a good experience overall despite the mess of online teaching/COVID.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on January 06, 2021, 06:18:25 AM
A fairly significant lower back injury that occurred December 8 is responding well to muscle relaxers and exercise/physical therapy. I can now walk without a cane again (as of three days ago).

Still to be remedied: I cannot sit in an office chair for more than about two hours without a break; I cannot bend over and touch my toes; I cannot tie my own shoes; I cannot pick up something from the floor. And every time I try to roll over in my sleep, the pain in my back wakes me up.

(We're working on getting a new, "orthopedic" office chair. I'm also planning to start doing yoga soon, so I can learn a good bit more of what to do during those breaks from sitting.)

All in all, things are progressing back to normal. Or at least a new normal that I can deal with.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Langue_doc on January 06, 2021, 06:57:02 AM
A fairly significant lower back injury that occurred December 8 is responding well to muscle relaxers and exercise/physical therapy. I can now walk without a cane again (as of three days ago).

Still to be remedied: I cannot sit in an office chair for more than about two hours without a break; I cannot bend over and touch my toes; I cannot tie my own shoes; I cannot pick up something from the floor. And every time I try to roll over in my sleep, the pain in my back wakes me up.

(We're working on getting a new, "orthopedic" office chair. I'm also planning to start doing yoga soon, so I can learn a good bit more of what to do during those breaks from sitting.)

All in all, things are progressing back to normal. Or at least a new normal that I can deal with.

My sympathies, especially as I've been there. PT was like life support and continued to be until the pandemic. Keep up with the PT if you can. There's nothing like a trained therapist massaging your back and stretching you out.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 06, 2021, 08:11:18 AM
I second that; work on the psoas muscles in particular (the inner ones that link the upper leg to the inside of the spine) to take the strain off the tiny spinalis muscles, which are usually the ones that cramp after being over-stressed in bearing the weight of the pelvis.

Be sure you're not putting your desk so high that you have to raise your shoulders to use your keyboard (even a tiny bit: I sat on telephone books, when they existed, to both raise the level and create a stronger seat; soft seats also make your muscles work too hard rebalancing things), do head-rolls often, and work your shoulders and rib cage as well, since tension can be reflected up and down the spine and from one side to another as the body tries to equilibrate the various parts (skull, the heaviest, etc.) it is responsible for keeping upright and out of gravity's control.

Pull in the stomach muscles (which will activate the psoas) before every movement, without raising the rib cage (which will cause hyperextension in the upper and middle back).

I sleep with a triangular support pillow under my knees since the weight of the legs can also put the lower back out of joint. Now that I'm mostly working with my laptop on my floor, the pillow goes under my knees all day and another support holds up my back: voila, very comfortable (might not work for all).

My back really likes the floor.

Translated: Been there, done that, don't want to make a return visit to that planet....

I hope you feel better soon.

M. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on January 06, 2021, 10:16:55 AM
Went to the doc today and was told that, currently, I do NOT need surgery. After a month of this crap, with symptoms slowly abating and new lifestyle changes, I am happy to hear this. I'll follow up in a few months.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ab_grp on January 06, 2021, 10:27:33 AM
Went to the doc today and was told that, currently, I do NOT need surgery. After a month of this crap, with symptoms slowly abating and new lifestyle changes, I am happy to hear this. I'll follow up in a few months.

That sounds like great news! I hope you continue to feel better.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on January 06, 2021, 11:33:44 AM
Went to the doc today and was told that, currently, I do NOT need surgery. After a month of this crap, with symptoms slowly abating and new lifestyle changes, I am happy to hear this. I'll follow up in a few months.

That's great news!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on January 06, 2021, 11:35:37 AM
A fairly significant lower back injury that occurred December 8 is responding well to muscle relaxers and exercise/physical therapy. I can now walk without a cane again (as of three days ago).

Still to be remedied: I cannot sit in an office chair for more than about two hours without a break; I cannot bend over and touch my toes; I cannot tie my own shoes; I cannot pick up something from the floor. And every time I try to roll over in my sleep, the pain in my back wakes me up.

(We're working on getting a new, "orthopedic" office chair. I'm also planning to start doing yoga soon, so I can learn a good bit more of what to do during those breaks from sitting.)

All in all, things are progressing back to normal. Or at least a new normal that I can deal with.

My sympathies, especially as I've been there. PT was like life support and continued to be until the pandemic. Keep up with the PT if you can. There's nothing like a trained therapist massaging your back and stretching you out.

Physical therapy worked well last year as my mother was recovering from her broken hip.  I've done do-it-yourself physical therapy on my injured shoulders.  Hope that you continue to see improvement, even if it seems rather gradual.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on January 09, 2021, 06:15:03 AM
Woke up to a straightforward R&R from a good journal! This place has rejected everything else I've ever sent them, so this feels extra nice.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Langue_doc on January 11, 2021, 01:30:35 PM
Just tried on the waterproof down jacket that I had bought last December for my out-and-aboutings for earlier this year. All outings were canceled, so never got to try out the jacket.

As long as the temperature remains above 20 and I'm walking, I think the jacket should be fine. The tags were still on when I took it out today. I have other jackets that are probably warmer, but the pockets are not suited for long walks or hikes,

I am relieved that I don't have to try out jackets this year.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on January 11, 2021, 06:27:58 PM
I thought I’d been targeted by a scammer when I saw “Are you my cousin?”  as an email subject, but it really was from a second cousin. It’s been at least fifteen years since the last contact with my father’s side of the family, so it’s rather nice to be back in touch even though we never did have more than a Christmas card and funeral relationship. At least we can update the family tree again.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on January 15, 2021, 07:34:06 PM
I am SO excited, happy, relieved. etc. I have prepped ALL of my materials (except for one answer key) for next week!!!

Last semester was touch and go (creating content along the way). I'm hoping that this semester will be much different and it seems to be.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on January 16, 2021, 01:07:57 AM
I am SO excited, happy, relieved. etc. I have prepped ALL of my materials (except for one answer key) for next week!!!

Last semester was touch and go (creating content along the way). I'm hoping that this semester will be much different and it seems to be.

Me too! I worked late on Friday just to makes sure that all my materials were prepped for next week. I still have grading to do this weekend, but that's less mentally taxing: reactive, rather than creative and proactive. High five to the full-week-in-advance preppers!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on January 17, 2021, 05:55:27 PM
After 5 hours creating new accounts and then finally getting a vaccination slot—for the end of April—I was able to find a newly opened slot with a date 2 months earlier!  I may be able to teach at least part of my hybrid class in person. And be indoors with the family I don’t live with. Elation!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Langue_doc on January 30, 2021, 02:41:43 PM
The days are getting longer, visibly so.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on February 10, 2021, 05:33:57 PM
My university announced a small bonus, across the board, for next year!

It will be a second year without raises, but no one was expecting raises, so most people are happy.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: OneMoreYear on February 11, 2021, 01:29:10 PM
My university announced a small bonus, across the board, for next year!

It will be a second year without raises, but no one was expecting raises, so most people are happy.

Wow! Good news! What is your University doing that they are able to give bonuses?

We are headed for retrenchment, so I'm excited to see somewhere doing it (at least somewhat) right!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on February 11, 2021, 07:39:01 PM
My university announced a small bonus, across the board, for next year!

It will be a second year without raises, but no one was expecting raises, so most people are happy.

Wow! Good news! What is your University doing that they are able to give bonuses?

We are headed for retrenchment, so I'm excited to see somewhere doing it (at least somewhat) right!

Imposed a hiring freeze the day we went remote, offered voluntary separation incentive, eliminated every vacant position in October, required every division to reduce budget 8% (which resulted in many non-tenure track faculty not being renewed), kept library and computer labs open throughout pandemic, offered a mix of  class types (f2f, online, hybrid) so students had choices, and anything else they could think of to keep enrollment up.

We’re only down 3% enrollment from last spring, everyone is exhausted, but we’re doing better than many places. So, we get a small bonus to be paid out in fall 2021. I’m shocked and delighted.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on February 13, 2021, 06:26:19 AM
Quote
Dear Dr Ergative,

. . . Assuming that these issues can be resolved in a manner that doesn’t cause fundamental problems for your analysis, I anticipate that we will be able to accept the paper after your next revision (perhaps pending minor changes) . . .

Best,
Editor in Chief of Absolutely Positively Top Journal in Your Field
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on February 13, 2021, 08:53:06 AM
Quote
Dear Dr Ergative,

. . . Assuming that these issues can be resolved in a manner that doesn’t cause fundamental problems for your analysis, I anticipate that we will be able to accept the paper after your next revision (perhaps pending minor changes) . . .

Best,
Editor in Chief of Absolutely Positively Top Journal in Your Field

Awesome!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on February 13, 2021, 03:36:12 PM
+1 ^

YAHOO!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on February 13, 2021, 07:52:35 PM
Fantastic news, EPW!

Looks like the threatened ice storm is relatively minor, and the resulting ice should quickly melt in the morning. I’ll finally get to see my family again.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: San Joaquin on March 03, 2021, 04:44:40 PM
Oh hallelujah, we are officially approved for ten more years!  A stream of now-defunct worry bubbles floats off my shoulders and into the nought.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: namazu on March 03, 2021, 06:36:43 PM
Congrats, San_Joaquin, ergative, and Vkw10!


My sister scored vaccine appointments for herself (young, but with an autoimmune disease) and for my parents (both 70+ with coexisting conditions) this week.  My MIL (in a different state) got her 2nd dose on Sunday and after about 16 hours of unpleasantness, is fine and on her way to greater immunity.



Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on March 04, 2021, 12:37:54 PM
^^^congrats all around!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on March 05, 2021, 04:10:40 AM
Smaller inhale, but I've been feeling behind, scrabbling, working late all week. And then today I looked up at noon and discovered that I've finished my tasks for the week, I'm prepped for next week, and I have all afternoon to work on the revisions for that paper I posted about upthread! But first, a proper lunch break!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on March 06, 2021, 07:44:13 PM
It is wonderful to read about the happy things happening with all of you. Congratulations to you all.

I drove alone today for the first time in years, did not cause injury to any people or property, and did not upset other drivers - or at least, didn't upset them enough that they let me know. I'm taking driving lessons as a refresher and still have some more of those to go, but I'm proud of myself for accomplishing my errand safely.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on March 06, 2021, 09:44:35 PM
It is wonderful to read about the happy things happening with all of you. Congratulations to you all.

I drove alone today for the first time in years, did not cause injury to any people or property, and did not upset other drivers - or at least, didn't upset them enough that they let me know. I'm taking driving lessons as a refresher and still have some more of those to go, but I'm proud of myself for accomplishing my errand safely.

Congratulations! After 30+ years of driving, I taught Nephew to drive a couple of years ago and was amazed at how complex driving is. So many things to do and attend to, that driving is hard until you’ve practiced, practiced, practiced.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on March 07, 2021, 04:59:16 AM
Congratulations! After 30+ years of driving, I taught Nephew to drive a couple of years ago and was amazed at how complex driving is. So many things to do and attend to, that driving is hard until you’ve practiced, practiced, practiced.

Thank you! Glad to hear that it gets easier with time.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on March 09, 2021, 06:32:48 AM
Quote
Dear Dr Ergative,

. . . Assuming that these issues can be resolved in a manner that doesn’t cause fundamental problems for your analysis, I anticipate that we will be able to accept the paper after your next revision (perhaps pending minor changes) . . .

Best,
Editor in Chief of Absolutely Positively Top Journal in Your Field

So, I've been working on 'these issues', and on Friday I ran up against a wall. Briefly, in my simulations, two things that should have come out being reasonably highly correlated came out with correlations less than .1 for every single simulation. And I was worried that the whole endeavor was broken, because those results are definitely 'fundamental problems for my analysis'.  I ran into this wall Friday afternoon, and tried not to think about it all weekend, but I was genuinely losing sleep.

Well, I went back into my simulation code, and found that I'd forgotten to update an object from a hard-coded value that I used when testing a single case, to a variable that would apply to all cases when I scaled it up. In other words, I wrote my simulation code to apply to bananas, and then tried to run it on all fruit, and the results were telling me, 'No, simulated papayas are not at all correlated with real bananas.' And rightly so! Simulated papayas should not be correlated with real bananas!

Now I've fixed the error, and the results are telling me that my simulated papayas are reasonably well correlated with my actual papayas, and likewise for simulated and real bananas. I'd prefer that the correlations would be higher, but at least now they're on the order of .6, rather than on the order of .03. Phew!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ab_grp on March 09, 2021, 08:36:16 AM
Congrats, ergative! I'm glad you were able to find the coding issue!

As for driving, congrats to you, nonsensical.  It does take a lot of practice to develop some of the necessary instincts, and I think they can get rusty if they are not used for a while.  I agree with Vkw10 that teaching someone to drive really highlights all the reflexes that come with experience, as well as all the little details you stop thinking about.   Sounds as though you are successfully back in the driver's seat!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on March 09, 2021, 06:24:06 PM
Two grants due one after the other in the last two weeks, just finished everything for the second one for internal deadline tomorrow, after a day of 5 hours on zoom with my collaborator then each of us doing final proofreads this evening. My brain and eyes are SO done.
Have to make myself do a little prep for class tomorrow and then off to bed with me. But, we are DONE!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on March 16, 2021, 03:21:48 PM
Two grants due one after the other in the last two weeks, just finished everything for the second one for internal deadline tomorrow, after a day of 5 hours on zoom with my collaborator then each of us doing final proofreads this evening. My brain and eyes are SO done.
Have to make myself do a little prep for class tomorrow and then off to bed with me. But, we are DONE!

Even one grant would be quite the accomplishment. Two is particularly impressive!

I drove on a highway by myself today and nobody died.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on March 18, 2021, 01:37:16 PM
I had my surgery yesterday but had some complications and had to stay a night in the hospital. BUT, I am now home and have minimal pain, so that's something. Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ab_grp on March 18, 2021, 01:53:09 PM
I had my surgery yesterday but had some complications and had to stay a night in the hospital. BUT, I am now home and have minimal pain, so that's something. Fingers crossed!

Sorry to hear about the complications, but I'm glad you are home and in minimal pain and hope your recovery goes smoothly!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: namazu on March 18, 2021, 02:17:25 PM
Wishing you a full and quick recovery, e_p_w.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on March 18, 2021, 03:18:49 PM
I had my surgery yesterday but had some complications and had to stay a night in the hospital. BUT, I am now home and have minimal pain, so that's something. Fingers crossed!

Sorry to hear about the complications, but I'm glad you are home and in minimal pain and hope your recovery goes smoothly!
Wishing you a full and quick recovery, e_p_w.

+1. Glad to hear you're on the mend.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Cheerful on March 18, 2021, 03:29:26 PM
I had my surgery yesterday but had some complications and had to stay a night in the hospital. BUT, I am now home and have minimal pain, so that's something. Fingers crossed!

Glad you're home, e_p_w.  Congrats on getting this event behind you!  Wishing you smooth sailing to a full recovery and joyful celebration.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on March 19, 2021, 11:40:34 AM
Glad to hear you're home, EPW.  Good luck as you continue to heal!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on March 19, 2021, 07:26:13 PM
Thanks everyone. It's not too bad now- still have sore spots (of course), but I'm stubborn and SO has to remind me to not do certain things. I feel bad that he's doing so much for me, but again, I'm just stubborn.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on March 20, 2021, 08:51:22 PM
Good to hear you are home!  Take good care of yourself.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on March 21, 2021, 10:56:56 AM
Good to hear you are home!  Take good care of yourself.

Thanks. Taking one day at a time. Trying to not bend or pick up heavy things. Planting seeds and watching really bad tv has occupied my time. Even though it all sucks, I am very, very grateful.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on March 31, 2021, 02:16:09 PM
Good to hear you are home!  Take good care of yourself.

Thanks. Taking one day at a time. Trying to not bend or pick up heavy things. Planting seeds and watching really bad tv has occupied my time. Even though it all sucks, I am very, very grateful.

Echoing all the good wishes for you. I'm glad that you have some help with getting things done and that in general this situation is not as bad as it could be.

My inhale is reviewing an excellent paper. I was not expecting for it to be so excellent, but I ended up having very few suggestions for improvement. The paper is also helpful to my own work, and I hope that it gets published soon so that I can use and cite it.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on April 22, 2021, 07:44:20 AM
Apparently someone actually reads those survey results! I said in the survey that my personal computer came with a pen, which has now broken, and since I use the pen for teaching, I'd like a new one, please. And now the admin people have just gotten in touch and said the department will buy me a new pen. Nice!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on April 26, 2021, 10:18:09 AM
A friend is going to turn their planning and consulting skills on a project I've had in mind for awhile...unbidden!

We'll do a swap, which is fine, and I didn't even think of asking them (should have)--they offered.

Win-win.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on April 26, 2021, 10:22:04 AM
A friend is going to turn their planning and consulting skills on a project I've had in mind for awhile...unbidden!

We'll do a swap, which is fine, and I didn't even think of asking them (should have)--they offered.

Win-win.

M.

Hope the project proves fruitful.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on April 26, 2021, 11:26:22 AM
Thanks. I've had some things back-burnered for awhile, and we started talking about that and it morphed into an insights and implementation discussion.

I'm hopeful.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: nonsensical on May 03, 2021, 05:00:51 PM
One trainee had a paper accepted and another one won an award for their research!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Charlotte on May 05, 2021, 04:55:21 PM
After recently venting in the venting thread about doctors not taking me seriously, I went to a new doctor who referred me to a specialist. The specialist informs me that all my symptoms are quite commonly encountered by her, I’m not “just anxious”, and has put together a treatment plan for the next few weeks to work on identifying causes and improving symptoms. She already identified some issues that are contributing but she wants to consider everything. She spent an hour with me and then set me up with ice packs, heating pad, and a tens machine for twenty minutes to make sure I felt okay to drive home afterwards since the evaluation aggravated my symptoms.

So relieved to be taken seriously. So relieved to be shown descriptions of symptoms that match mine. So relieved to have a plan in place and the potential to eventually not be in pain!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on May 06, 2021, 07:12:37 AM
Glad you and the doctor have a plan.  Hoping it will go well in the weeks and months to come.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on May 06, 2021, 10:05:43 AM
Charlotte, glad to hear you're getting some actual treatment. Hope it works quickly and for the long term.




My first book is going to be published sometime later this year!

I've also been rehired by OnlyGameInTown CC for the Fall. Crossing my fingers I don't get the rug pulled out from under me again.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 06, 2021, 10:48:59 AM
Congrats to all with good news'es!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on May 06, 2021, 12:41:03 PM
This week we received an uncommonly big donation of children's books.  It looked like the donor had been a standard go-to person for teachers cleaning out classrooms.  Much of the material is old but not ancient, and is still in presentable condition.  We've sorted through it and put a bunch of it away for gradual release on our free table, and in the Little Free Library at a nearby elementary school.  Which has been a success, by the way--every time I check it has been cleaned out, so I keep having to re-stock it.  We've now got plenty of stock for it. 

We also gave a stack of material to a preschool director who was here this morning, and have arranged for our children's services worker to resume visiting them regularly beginning next month.  It's the first preschool we've arranged to start visiting again!  It's good to be able to take another step toward resuming our outreach work.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: smallcleanrat on May 07, 2021, 08:29:51 PM
After recently venting in the venting thread about doctors not taking me seriously, I went to a new doctor who referred me to a specialist. The specialist informs me that all my symptoms are quite commonly encountered by her, I’m not “just anxious”, and has put together a treatment plan for the next few weeks to work on identifying causes and improving symptoms. She already identified some issues that are contributing but she wants to consider everything. She spent an hour with me and then set me up with ice packs, heating pad, and a tens machine for twenty minutes to make sure I felt okay to drive home afterwards since the evaluation aggravated my symptoms.

So relieved to be taken seriously. So relieved to be shown descriptions of symptoms that match mine. So relieved to have a plan in place and the potential to eventually not be in pain!

Wonderful news!

It's awful to have your suffering dismissed as "just stress" or anxiety. Being dismissed never feels great, but being dismissed when you are suffering can feel intolerable,

Also awful: having people judgmentally ask "Are you still having that issue? Why don't you see a doctor?" after being told by so many doctors "You're fine. Go away."

I hope you feel better very soon!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on May 07, 2021, 09:29:35 PM
My request to convert an excellent part-time instructor to full-time non-tenure track faculty with three-year renewable contract was approved today. Department’s budget was increased $2,000 to cover standard NTT professional development allocation and we got a new employee technology allocation.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 08, 2021, 05:07:52 AM
Good for all of you!

Win-win-win-win-win!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on May 15, 2021, 06:38:21 AM
Made it through a very hectic week at work, got past my little aches and pains, and we are now enjoying our third straight day of pleasant weather out.

Yesterday at a Zoom meeting our State Librarian spoke about American Rescue Plan Act funding that they are administering for the state.  She explained how the distribution of funds to counties takes into consideration population, poverty rates, and levels of internet access.  Further dividing up funds within some counties with multiple libraries was a challenge for which she sought input from the library directors involved.  She said that she encountered multiple cases of directors urging her to direct funds away from their own libraries to neighboring communities that needed it more.  It's nice to be in a profession where colleagues look out for each other like that.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 15, 2021, 03:55:48 PM
That's indeed cool.

My inhale: I made it through the week's conference papers, giving my own, first; then I heard several VERY good ones, enjoyed almost all the sessions, and only had two instances in which I had to think hard about what to say and how to say it while wanting to blow up big time.

One was just a "shrug and go" situation. The other was a new scholar in a literary field who was trying to "use dance rhetorically" in interpreting a verbal source. In some ways, their efforts made sense, but their use of the terms they were translating are fraught with problems and--not being at all versed in that area of work, or knowing the literature-they were all over the place in usage, implications of movement involved, etc.

AND they've already published, which means it's hopeless...I'd love to just drop everything and write a rebuttal but...that's just not possible right now.

At least we made peace in the chat.

And the last session made up for it.

The conference now has a new name, too: K'Zoom...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on May 24, 2021, 10:40:20 AM
Quote
Dear Dr Ergative,

. . . Assuming that these issues can be resolved in a manner that doesn’t cause fundamental problems for your analysis, I anticipate that we will be able to accept the paper after your next revision (perhaps pending minor changes) . . .

Best,
Editor in Chief of Absolutely Positively Top Journal in Your Field

Update!

Quote
Dear Dr Ergative and colleagues,

I am writing about your manuscript, ‘[Extremely Exhausting Paper]’, that has been under consideration at [ABSOLUTELY TOP JOURNAL IN FIELD]. Dr. [Associate Editor] has read your most recent revision together with your cover nore, and she recommends that the paper be accepted for publication at this point. Her report is included below.

Based on my own reading of the paper, I am happy to support this recommendation. This is, as Dr. [Associate Editor] notes, a complicated paper. But you have done a masterful job of making the complexities as accessible as possible, and I think that this paper will be of interest to a broad range of researchers in [Theoretical Topic A], [Theoretical + Applied Topic B], [Theoretical + Applied Topic C], and those interested in [Computational Topic D]

Thank you for having worked with us through the various revisions of this paper. I appreciate that you were always willing to take the feedback of the reviewers on board, and I think that it resulted in a better, more accessible, paper. I look forward to seeing this paper in [I REPEAT ABSOLUTELY TOP JOURNAL IN FIELD]!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on May 24, 2021, 11:23:45 AM
Congrats ergative, well done! Especially nice to get personalized appreciative comments form the editor like that- most of those emails are boilerplate.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on May 24, 2021, 12:35:27 PM
That’s wonderful, Ergative!  Those are stellar comments.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on May 24, 2021, 12:38:16 PM
Wow.

So glad for you!

And not at all (well, maybe a tiny bit....) envious.

You really did work through all the revisions, as noted there, and recorded several times here, with a good will.

I'm taking that as a model to remember.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on May 24, 2021, 12:57:23 PM
Congratulations, ergative!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on June 10, 2021, 11:53:00 PM
A really bright undergraduate of mine wants to do a research master's and maybe PhD. She emailed to ask for a meeting to discuss it, and then politely nudged me when I forgot to answer. Then, after our meeting, she emailed to summarize what we'd agreed the next steps of her application would be, and dates by which things would get done. This student always introduces herself by full name and which class I know her from whenever she emails me--even though she's been in three of my classes over the last year and I was her advisor for her senior honors project. It's always such a joy to work with people who are not only bright in the core content, but also have all their logistical baggage thoroughly under control. She should give lessons to all undergraduates about how to deal with faculty.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Langue_doc on June 11, 2021, 04:34:17 AM
Encounter with a cop resulted in a warning and no ticket. I found myself in the HOV lane and was expecting a ticket in the mail when I and two other cars encountered the cop. The cop would have been justified in giving me a ticket, so whew!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: traductio on July 10, 2021, 04:59:15 PM
I learned yesterday that my most recent book made the shortlist for an obscure prize -- best scholarly book published in 2020 in a certain Canadian province (not the one where I live).

Obscure or not, I'm pretty pleased!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on July 10, 2021, 09:45:08 PM
Won't!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on July 14, 2021, 08:12:53 AM
Congrats, traductio! Prizes are great, regardless of obscurity.

Speaking of prizes, I just learned that my strongest grad student, who I nominated for a teaching award, won the teaching award! And it's not just a pretty certificate. It comes with a substantial pot of research funds as well. I am so wildly proud of her. She's just been so quietly excellent in everything she does, and the pandemic shutdown came at the worst possible time for her research, and she made herself so valuable in so many other ways while her work was stalled, that I'm thrilled to see her getting more external recognition for her many merits.

Parents aren't supposed to have favorite children, but advisors can have favorite advisees, right? She's definitely my favorite advisee. The others are fine (well, except for that other one), but this one is special.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on July 14, 2021, 10:28:31 AM
Congratulations, truductio and ergative!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on July 14, 2021, 12:40:06 PM
Won't!

M.

That was supposed to be "Woot!"

    << goes off muttering.....Stupid Autocorrect....>>

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on July 14, 2021, 09:19:55 PM
Won't!

M.

That was supposed to be "Woot!"

    << goes off muttering.....Stupid Autocorrect....>>

Huh. I was wondering whether you were channeling Dudley for a moment.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on August 17, 2021, 09:12:17 AM
Hah!

But, no. Just typing on a phone that thinks it knows more than anyone.

Today's inhale:

A friend with whom I do 3x/week updates on our work actually took the time to call when they saw my blistering frustration at yesterday's Ppt nonsense.

I'd been feeling for awhile like I often check in with others when they are upset, but no-one was reciprocating.

I'm happy to report that is no longer the case.

Feeling blessed and grateful.

M. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on August 17, 2021, 10:19:48 AM
Hah!

But, no. Just typing on a phone that thinks it knows more than anyone.

Today's inhale:

A friend with whom I do 3x/week updates on our work actually took the time to call when they saw my blistering frustration at yesterday's Ppt nonsense.

I'd been feeling for awhile like I often check in with others when they are upset, but no-one was reciprocating.

I'm happy to report that is no longer the case.

Feeling blessed and grateful.

M.

Good to hear!  I paused and inhaled along with you.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mouseman on August 17, 2021, 04:19:49 PM
The Mouselet finished a great internship, and, despite issues of overcrowding, will have on-campus housing this coming year.

Since she had decided to go to grad school, she may very well join the Fora as a grad student. While we have had multiple couples on these Fora and on their previous incarnation, I think that would be the first multigenerational membership.

In another few years, she my well be asking for advice in faculty search. Despite our best efforts, she has decided that academia is her path of choice...
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on August 17, 2021, 04:22:20 PM
Wow, it's like she'll be grand-daughtered in....or something...

Good to see your name.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on August 18, 2021, 01:36:04 AM
Oh I do hope she'll choose 'Mouselet' as her moniker!

My inhale is that my headache, which has been nagging at me since last Thursday, finally seems to have disappeared. The experience of having a headache that lasts more than a few hours is brand new to me, so I was definitely thinking about brain tumors and aneurisms by Monday, although thankfully it let up before I started doom-googling.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on August 23, 2021, 06:55:23 AM
I just had my last set of meetings with my summer MSc students, who are all in the final stages of data analysis before submitting their dissertations next month. And their projects look so good! They have interesting data which--best of all--show clearly interpretable results. The two students who have been trained in R and stats are using R at a very high level, and even the student I've vented before, who's using Excel on a Mac with all labels in Chinese, looks like she'll have some nice results too, which we put in a pivot table together. I'm very proud of them!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on August 24, 2021, 07:47:55 PM
TIAA finally filled out my rollover form correctly! My pension account now shows the year of service credit purchased. Cost will increase substantially on September 1, so I’m inhaling and exhaling a big sigh of relief.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: fast_and_bulbous on August 25, 2021, 08:16:36 AM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

And I have lots of weed. I always think this thread is about weed, for a split second, before I remember that it is something else entirely.

I actually have a lot to be happy about right now, it's odd to be so content working away in my basement when the rest of the world seems to be falling apart.

I'll just keep on inhalin' I guess, with occasional exhales so as not to explode.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on August 25, 2021, 08:42:51 AM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

Wow, congrats!!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on August 25, 2021, 08:59:11 AM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

And I have lots of weed. I always think this thread is about weed, for a split second, before I remember that it is something else entirely.

I actually have a lot to be happy about right now, it's odd to be so content working away in my basement when the rest of the world seems to be falling apart.

I'll just keep on inhalin' I guess, with occasional exhales so as not to explode.

That is wonderful news.

Many congratulations!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: evil_physics_witchcraft on August 25, 2021, 11:43:19 AM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

And I have lots of weed. I always think this thread is about weed, for a split second, before I remember that it is something else entirely.

I actually have a lot to be happy about right now, it's odd to be so content working away in my basement when the rest of the world seems to be falling apart.

I'll just keep on inhalin' I guess, with occasional exhales so as not to explode.

Congrats!!!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Vkw10 on August 25, 2021, 06:59:47 PM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

Wow, congrats!!

Congratulations! Time to update your Fora tag line!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on August 25, 2021, 11:19:10 PM
Got an article accepted in Science, holy crap!

And I have lots of weed. I always think this thread is about weed, for a split second, before I remember that it is something else entirely.

I actually have a lot to be happy about right now, it's odd to be so content working away in my basement when the rest of the world seems to be falling apart.

I'll just keep on inhalin' I guess, with occasional exhales so as not to explode.

Outstanding!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on September 24, 2021, 09:55:44 AM
Has no one seriously had an inhale for a month???

Inhale: My online conference talk and the whole symposium went well!  It was well-attended as well. And we got to go first, so now I can enjoy the rest of the conference without worrying about my talk.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 24, 2021, 10:07:54 AM
Yea!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: larryc on September 25, 2021, 10:02:21 AM
I got a small grant, $25k to create a manual of how to do living history programs at a national park. I will make it the class project in a public history course, then use the money to hire the best students to finish it. Oh and we'll all take a trip to the park.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on September 25, 2021, 10:36:53 AM
I got a small grant, $25k to create a manual of how to do living history programs at a national park. I will make it the class project in a public history course, then use the money to hire the best students to finish it. Oh and we'll all take a trip to the park.

Well-deserved news. Good for you.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on September 26, 2021, 02:06:04 AM
I got a small grant, $25k to create a manual of how to do living history programs at a national park. I will make it the class project in a public history course, then use the money to hire the best students to finish it. Oh and we'll all take a trip to the park.

Congratulations! I've always loved the idea of living history programs.

I made lasagna last night. I didn't really have a recipe, just layered a bunch of sauteed mushrooms and spinach and cheese and tomato sauce until the pan was full, and baked it. Turned out great!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 05, 2021, 01:57:16 AM
I neglected to fill out a paperwork about ordering enough textbooks for a huge intro class. I just got in touch with the bookstore person today to see about getting the textbooks in, and she responded immediately, 'Oh, yes, I always make sure there are extras even if you didn't order them. We've sold X, we have Y left in stock, and I'll order some more to make sure we don't run out later.'

Competent colleagues are so glorious. How often do you realize you've goofed big time and then learned that someone else saved you, all within 10 minutes? A rollercoaster of a morning.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on October 05, 2021, 06:40:10 AM
On behalf of former college bookstore workers everywhere, having worked as one for two years, it's good to know that work is appreciated.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on October 05, 2021, 07:13:25 AM
It's a real contrast to the bookstore at the university where I used to work, which did such a poor job of ordering textbooks (One semester a survey showed that a solid majority of classes had late materials) that the university finally took away their textbook-ordering responsibilities and outsourced them.  Ordering textbooks for a university has got to be a tough job to get right.  It's easy to see where there would be a lot of uncertainty regarding things not under the order department's control.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on October 06, 2021, 12:04:59 PM
An editor friend whose own written work I really respect just told me, when I sent her the abstract to look over, "you write beautifully, so no criticisms from me. Sounds fine."

I will dance with those words for the rest of the day, and many days to come.

The attitude is gratitude.

M.   
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on October 06, 2021, 12:24:50 PM
An editor friend whose own written work I really respect just told me, when I sent her the abstract to look over, "you write beautifully, so no criticisms from me. Sounds fine."

I will dance with those words for the rest of the day, and many days to come.

The attitude is gratitude.

M.

So...you're not like the guy who was given a clean bill of health from the doctor and complained that he failed to find something, after the patient had gone to the trouble of seeing him?

Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on October 06, 2021, 01:00:39 PM
Exactly.

Thanks!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 07, 2021, 01:42:22 AM
Lovely writing-related inhales. I've now got one of my own: I'm probably going to apply for promotion in January, and it would be real helpful if my most recent big paper were published by then. Editor said during the acceptance that it would either go in the December or March issue. Today I got an email saying that it's going to go in the December issue and I should expect proofs next week. Woot woot!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on October 07, 2021, 08:07:47 AM
Very cool!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on October 14, 2021, 01:01:53 PM
The worst term I've ever had teaching (OnlyGameInTown CC is on a quarter system) is now officially over!

Second fall quarter should be much better because the problem that made first quarter so bad is not happening this time. Whew! I couldn't take another round of the craziness that was the last 7 weeks. If it does happen again, I'm joining the Great Resignation.

For the record, it was an administrative problem, not the students. These students were actually a pretty decent bunch.


Larimar


Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on October 22, 2021, 07:03:51 AM
A couple of weeks ago I ordered a pair of personalized MASSIVE toblerone bars--one for me, one for Absolutive--because I learned via twitter that this was a thing you can do. Then I forgot about it until they arrived today.

Excellent life choice. Highly recommend ordering massive candy treats with a long enough delivery time that you forget about them until they arrived.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 12, 2021, 03:12:04 AM
Our current, extremely effective, chair is coming to the end of her tenure. Last time we needed a chair we had real difficulty finding someone willing to do it, to the point that we were threatened with an external appointment from outside our department if someone didn't step up. Current chair stepped up, thank goodness, and good thing it was her, because she got to be chair during covid. I was afraid we'd be left scrambling again now that she's in the last year of her term in this role, but instead a new colleague, who was a senior hire when we got him, has volunteered for the post. He's been really effective, really congenial, everyone seems to like him (I like him myself), so I'm optimistic that we'll be set chair-wise for another three years.

At that point I might be senior enough myself to be in danger for the role. But maybe not. I'm pretty prickly; maybe people will object to me when the time comes. Maybe I should start cultivating my enemies carefully in preparation for the day.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 15, 2021, 10:12:11 AM
A wildly frustrating complication threatened the publication of my Big Paper, but it looks like it has been resolved now.

I was just now telling Absolutive that I'm beginning to come to terms with the idea that it would not come out until March at the earliest, and might even have to be resubmitted and go through another two years of reviews, and then not five minutes later the editor emailed to let me know that the snag has been unsnagged.

Assuming all my other co-authors read their emails and confirm VERY FAST that they are on-board with the solution, the December publication can go ahead which means that the paper can go on my promotion paperwork.

I'm not going to count my chickens just yet--haha, the last two weeks have taught me not to do that!--but the snarliest snarl is unsnarled, and I am very, very happy.

Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on November 15, 2021, 12:08:34 PM
Send $10 Starbucks gift cards to all your co-authors if they'll reply by COB today?

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 15, 2021, 12:16:53 PM
Send $10 Starbucks gift cards to all your co-authors if they'll reply by COB today?

;--}

M.

Heh--because of time zones it was already after COB for three of them, but the ones on US time zones have now confirmed, and one of the ones on European time zones has also confirmed. Two more to go! (Yes, it was a big project.) I might try the starbucks bribe on the other two, though, for COB tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on November 16, 2021, 01:27:52 AM
Send $10 Starbucks gift cards to all your co-authors if they'll reply by COB today?

;--}

M.

Heh--because of time zones it was already after COB for three of them, but the ones on US time zones have now confirmed, and one of the ones on European time zones has also confirmed. Two more to go! (Yes, it was a big project.) I might try the starbucks bribe on the other two, though, for COB tomorrow.

Not needed! Everyone confirmed the same day! Ten starbucks bux for me alone.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on November 16, 2021, 08:42:19 AM
Ya-hoo-eee!!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: sinenomine on November 24, 2021, 08:28:27 AM
I stockpile boxes in the months leading up to the winter holidays so I have lots of options for wrapping and shipping. I mailed off Hanukkah and Christmas gifts on Monday and just broke down the remaining boxes and took them for recycling. My house feels so airy and uncluttered!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on November 24, 2021, 10:24:27 AM
Today I was able to distribute year-end bonuses to all of the staff.  Technically it's COVID hazard pay.  I wasn't sure until last week that we'd be able to do it, so I hadn't been talking about it so as not to get their hopes up.  The staff are now smiling!

One staff member who is inclined to be nervous said she thought at first that it might be a severance check, so she was really happy when she realized what it actually was.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on November 24, 2021, 12:41:20 PM
You get lots of good-boss points, in my book....

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on November 24, 2021, 01:57:56 PM
The last staff member to receive her bonus check said that she had just developed an urgent need for a home repair, so it came at just the right time.  Kind of wonderful how that worked out.

We also just took delivery of a piece of equipment we've been waiting for most of the year.  It FINALLY came through!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on November 24, 2021, 03:19:21 PM
Maybe that's your first Chanukah present--Chanukah starts early this year...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on November 26, 2021, 03:45:05 PM
I finished writing all my grad school letters of rec (for 6 students) and submitted all the ones I've gotten auto-email requests for thus far, which should be all the Dec. 1 deadlines.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on November 27, 2021, 06:49:57 AM
I took much of Wednesday, Thursday, and yesterday off and did almost nothing (except a lot of NYTimes crosswords and watching the first seasons of 24 and Yellowstone, and a couple of loads of laundry).

Today I got up at 6:30, ready to get back to business closing out this semester and getting materials ready for spring.  Amazing what some downtime can do for the attitude!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on November 27, 2021, 12:44:01 PM
A celebration of courage and consistency:

   https://people.com/human-interest/malala-yousafzai-walks-at-oxford-graduation-18-months-after-covid-postpone/

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 01, 2021, 04:47:45 PM
Double-post a few days later...

In contrast to my student-vent yesterday, today's two kids (brothers) were great.

They're playing one piece together, and they're each working hard at their own work.

They're there when they're supposed to be, and they've practiced.

They take correction very well and even elaborate on it to let me know they understand.

Thank goodness!!!

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on December 03, 2021, 11:15:49 AM
I had ALHS take my car in for a problem I've suspected but ignored all fall, despite him urging me to get it looked at (because, of course, a car will just heal itself if you wait long enough <eyeroll>). When the existing noise turned into a different noise when I was driving home Tuesday, I had him make the appointment.

While the problem was with the brakes, as I suspected, it was far cheaper to fix than I'd feared it would be--and the job got done in only an hour!  DOUBLE inhale.

(Considering that just about everything else this week has gone ass-backward, I'm exceptionally pleased.)
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 03, 2021, 02:50:38 PM
My theory kidlets did me proud today.

They remember stuff that's not all that simple from weeks back, and apply it.

They're getting really good at the ear-training drills we do, and I've ratcheted them up to chords from intervals.

I just like them. They're cool kids. Even the one with problems politely excused himself for two minutes, took a breather, and came back as directed.

I hope someone here gets one or all of them in a college class someday.

They stand out against all the whiney loafers we are often complaining about; there are good kids coming up through the ranks, too.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 05, 2021, 04:18:27 PM
OK, a double two days later.

A friend just sent me the Jacqui Lawson London Advent Calendar.

I'm having insane, simple pleasure listening to carols (which I often avoid--having played many too many of them as a strolling musician in the past!), decorating the virtual tree, and opening all the "London" sights and info-cards (having visited or worked in several of them made it even more fun.)

The best thing--St. Paul's Cathedral chimes the hour, plus every 15 min.

I used to stay in the hostel housed in the old choirboy school in the next block, it took me right back.

Happy.

(Is that allowed, twice, in two days?)

;--}

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 09, 2021, 10:23:19 AM
Oh, dear, am I the only one having a good week or two?

So--a triple--a former music student, who disappeared off to a semester abroad in Vienna, came back, and didn't pick up his lessons again, so we lost contact--just turned up in a poetry book announcement from his mom, who teaches literature and heads the local poetry society here.

His cover art is stunning, a glass sculpture, which he photographed, and I gather he has other pieces elsewhere in the book, which I'm obviously going to have to buy (and get several for presents, her work is good, too...!)

Turns out he's studying architecture and art at a very reasonable place, and I'm just very pleased, happy, and grateful to know about it.

I always thought he'd come to some good.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on December 09, 2021, 10:28:18 AM
Some of my grad students are rockin it.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on December 09, 2021, 11:13:38 AM
We had a successful Story Walk at our town's Christmas festival on Saturday.  Our improvised stands and locations worked well, and we had participation in the scavenger hunt part of it.  People could get a scavenger hunt sheet with questions that could be answered by reading the story we had posted at 21 locations around the event area (Basically, two blocks up and down Main Street).  Completed sheets got a little prize bag with candy and a bookmark and branded library pen, and also went into a drawing for a grand prize.  The grand prize was a family movie night basket, with popcorn, a craft set, a game, and some other odds and ends, and a DVD of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  Which was also the story we used for the walk.

We're pleased with the response to our first Story Walk event.  Looking forward to doing more in the future.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 09, 2021, 11:26:14 AM
How cool!

I recall you were trying to figure out the logistics, sounds like you did a very good job!!!

Yea!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on December 09, 2021, 01:09:30 PM
It takes a lot of work to set out 21 stands with weighted bases, and then round them up afterward.  The staff member who put them all together put in a lot on that and did a good job.  She had to set them out single-handedly that morning, since I was over at our booth and couldn't leave it unattended until another staff member showed up.  Now the bases are all built, so next time it should only be a matter of cutting up and laminating the story pages.  I don't know whether our next Story Walk will be at another community event, or on the library's grounds.  Who needs to wait around for grant information to get money to buy an elaborate set of story page holder stands when you've got a staff member who's crafty enough to figure things out?
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on December 09, 2021, 02:06:27 PM
Got a decision on a big collaborative manuscript today that we had submitted to a very good journal in our field. I saw the email pop up during lab meeting, but resisted looking at it all through lab meeting and subsequent individual student meetings. During this several hours, I successfully convinced myself it was a rejection and composed the email in my head telling my co-authors this and suggesting a new journal (I'm a big fan of defensive pessimism). BUT, when I finally read it it was not a rejection, it was an R&R! Much better news to share with the team. Haven't read through the reviews yet, but happy for now!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on December 10, 2021, 12:45:03 PM
Congrats, Puget!  (I too am of the "prepare for the worst" mindset, so I understand how good the good news feels!)

My small inhale:  I taught my last classes for the semester this morning.  Now I'm just waiting on papers to come in for grading, and so far as I know, there shouldn't be any angry students, since most are aware of their grades (and a few might even pull a grade up with these last submissions).
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 10, 2021, 03:01:01 PM
Yea for all inhales!

Breathing in nice, fresh air is good.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 11, 2021, 12:55:59 AM
Got a decision on a big collaborative manuscript today that we had submitted to a very good journal in our field. I saw the email pop up during lab meeting, but resisted looking at it all through lab meeting and subsequent individual student meetings. During this several hours, I successfully convinced myself it was a rejection and composed the email in my head telling my co-authors this and suggesting a new journal (I'm a big fan of defensive pessimism). BUT, when I finally read it it was not a rejection, it was an R&R! Much better news to share with the team. Haven't read through the reviews yet, but happy for now!

Oh, I hate those 'decision' emails. They so rarely put the decision in the subject line! The worst ones hide it in an attachment. Congrats on your superhuman control not to peak between meetings! I'm glad that when you collapsed the wave function of Schroedinger's Decision it fell in your favor.

My inhale; I got my first of four big chunks of grading done last night. Let's see if I can get the other three chunks done next week before I turn into a pumpkin for the holidays.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Puget on December 11, 2021, 07:26:55 AM
Got a decision on a big collaborative manuscript today that we had submitted to a very good journal in our field. I saw the email pop up during lab meeting, but resisted looking at it all through lab meeting and subsequent individual student meetings. During this several hours, I successfully convinced myself it was a rejection and composed the email in my head telling my co-authors this and suggesting a new journal (I'm a big fan of defensive pessimism). BUT, when I finally read it it was not a rejection, it was an R&R! Much better news to share with the team. Haven't read through the reviews yet, but happy for now!

Oh, I hate those 'decision' emails. They so rarely put the decision in the subject line! The worst ones hide it in an attachment. Congrats on your superhuman control not to peak between meetings! I'm glad that when you collapsed the wave function of Schroedinger's Decision it fell in your favor.

My inhale; I got my first of four big chunks of grading done last night. Let's see if I can get the other three chunks done next week before I turn into a pumpkin for the holidays.

Me too! I don't understand why they can't just put it at the top of the email at least. Often it is buried after a paragraph or more of thanking the reviewers and a summary of the reviews and editor's opinions. Just freaking tell me if it's a R&R or reject first!

Good luck with the remaining grading!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on December 12, 2021, 06:26:17 PM
Just met the in-laws-to-be, technically my daughter’s, who are charming and funny. I can see why she and my grandson like them so much. I suspected things would go well, and am pleased that they did.  Daughter is an only child so having some sib-in-law will be a good thing. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Larimar on December 15, 2021, 05:38:50 AM
Got my COVID booster shot on Monday. It was Pfizer this time; my previous shots had been Moderna. I'd been dreading it because my second shot put me to sleep the whole next day, and then for the following two days after that it set off my eczema torturously. I was about ready to amputate my own legs, or at least start slicing off my skin, with a kitchen knife, the itching was so bad.

I've had almost no side effects this time. Same for Mr. Larimar, who got his shot at the same time. My arm is still a bit sore, but not bad, and yesterday I felt perhaps a little foggy, but that's been it. I was even able to take a shower last night without my skin complaining. That was the real test.

I am feeling so relieved and thankful!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 16, 2021, 07:40:00 PM
At the first of three of the Ppt showings, someone whose work I highly respect suggested I submit an online blog article done last year for a related website to their journal.

I'm still wondering if I heard correctly...and I have to check its copyright status, but if its allowed, I shall.

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on December 22, 2021, 03:50:15 PM
Foolishy, I checked my work email despite being on holiday leave. The following notifications greeted me:

1. My Big Paper has finally been published! Naturally, when I went to look at it I found some missing parentheses in a citation in the first paragraph, but whatever. It's up!
2. My research leave for next fall has been granted. I applied a year earlier than, strictly speaking, I was eligible for it, but my chair must have pulled some strings on my behalf.
3. My internal mini-grant was funded, so I have $500 to pay subjects for an experiment I want to run. (The experiment requires in-person lab attendance, so it's unlikely it'll actually happen, but maybe by April . . .?)
4. I'm getting a bonus? I didn't know this was A Thing, but apparently it is. I promptly splurged more than I care to share on a big gift box from Runamok Maple.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on December 22, 2021, 04:24:59 PM
WOW !

CONGRATS! x 4

! ! ! !

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on December 23, 2021, 05:49:39 PM
Foolishy, I checked my work email despite being on holiday leave. The following notifications greeted me:

1. My Big Paper has finally been published! Naturally, when I went to look at it I found some missing parentheses in a citation in the first paragraph, but whatever. It's up!
2. My research leave for next fall has been granted. I applied a year earlier than, strictly speaking, I was eligible for it, but my chair must have pulled some strings on my behalf.
3. My internal mini-grant was funded, so I have $500 to pay subjects for an experiment I want to run. (The experiment requires in-person lab attendance, so it's unlikely it'll actually happen, but maybe by April . . .?)
4. I'm getting a bonus? I didn't know this was A Thing, but apparently it is. I promptly splurged more than I care to share on a big gift box from Runamok Maple.

Go, Ergative!  And congratulations. 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: arcturus on January 04, 2022, 03:23:32 PM
One of my graduate students just received her first review from a journal article submission. While there are minor points raised, the summary statement was that the paper could be accepted without any revisions. We will address the minor points. I have never seen such a positive review!!!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 04, 2022, 05:11:45 PM
Must be the day for it!

My potentially sternest critic loves the short piece I just finished and thinks I should send it out tomorrow.

Floating, here...

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: Harlow2 on January 05, 2022, 02:49:23 PM
That’s great, Mamselle! 
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: paultuttle on January 10, 2022, 07:44:11 AM
Starting a new job today! Woo hoo!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: AmLitHist on January 10, 2022, 11:26:42 AM
Congrats and good luck, Paul Tuttle!

My inhale:  I have all my Bb work ready to go for the entire semester, a week ahead of the first day of class.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 10, 2022, 12:17:09 PM
Congrats and good luck, Paul Tuttle!

My inhale:  I have all my Bb work ready to go for the entire semester, a week ahead of the first day of class.

Good for you--and despite the foot-leg stuff at that!

M.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: ergative on January 14, 2022, 04:13:34 AM
An actual legit invitation to join the editorial board of a journal made its way to my inbox. Truly, a real one! A journal I've published in multiple times, well-suited to my specialism, with the invitation coming from a colleague I know personally, and an editorial board that includes legitimate people I also know personally.

I'm having difficulty believing it's real. Not because I have imposter syndrome or anything, but because invitations to join editorial boards aren't something real journals do. Only scam journals invite people to join editorial boards. I'm surprised my spam filter didn't catch it, giving how rigorously I've trained it to send those invitations to junk.

I accepted, of course. It makes my promotion application look quite sexy, and I even have some research leave coming up, so it's unlikely to cause problems if the duties turn out to be heavier than promised.

Cool! I feel seen. I feel like I just leveled up in my career.
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: apl68 on January 14, 2022, 07:49:47 AM
An actual legit invitation to join the editorial board of a journal made its way to my inbox. Truly, a real one! A journal I've published in multiple times, well-suited to my specialism, with the invitation coming from a colleague I know personally, and an editorial board that includes legitimate people I also know personally.

I'm having difficulty believing it's real. Not because I have imposter syndrome or anything, but because invitations to join editorial boards aren't something real journals do. Only scam journals invite people to join editorial boards. I'm surprised my spam filter didn't catch it, giving how rigorously I've trained it to send those invitations to junk.

I accepted, of course. It makes my promotion application look quite sexy, and I even have some research leave coming up, so it's unlikely to cause problems if the duties turn out to be heavier than promised.

Cool! I feel seen. I feel like I just leveled up in my career.

Congratulations on the professional achievement, ergative!
Title: Re: The Inhale Thread !
Post by: mamselle on January 14, 2022, 10:31:23 AM
Very cool!!!!!

Congrats.

You're both lucky.

M.