Originally Posted by readytobedone
hey, z.! thanks for starting this thread. carita and z., yes, we were also sick for x-mas. we took a nasty stomach virus down to new orleans--it was my first time in NOLA (DH has some family there), and i have to say, i didn't enjoy myself with all the throwing up, and with stella throwing up, too!
so my goals for 2009 are: 1) let go of the fact i didn't get JACK done on my diss last semester because i really didn't expect to with the teaching load, etc. i had going on,
2) reconnect with committee and get on good terms,
& most importantly 3) get 2 solid chapters finished by the end of the summer
(one of which has to be done by end of april, when my diss talk is).
all of this will be easier if i 4) avoid getting pregnant until AT LEAST the 2 chapters are done!!!!!
(i have had two very much unwanted but still kinda bummer chemical pg's since july.)
z., what are you doing for childcare now that you're back to teaching? did you find daycare for your LO?
funny to talk from here but whatever!
your goals sound very doable. nothing like the diss presentation to kick us in gear. mine isn't scheduled yet so i'm off the radar right now, sort of.
i'm scared that you say working on the diss was impossible with two classes and baby, YIKES! i've GOT to get something done this spring. even if its a page a week or something. i've got to make this happen and GET a REAL JOB!!!
i'm so sick of my childcare woes, its just become THE obstacle. we did find a great dcp (a wonderful mama/grandmama who does in her home care for 4 babies off Barracks Rd) but she's pricey for us. so right now we are planning on sending LO to her for two half days so i can have a few hours to write and DH will be the parent in charge on the days i teach. we'll see how it goes...i've just been stressing already...i just wish we could afford the best care on a solid schedule so i could do my work with piece of mind.
anyway, how did you ladies manage the pumping? i've been really inconsistent and so are my breasts, so now i have no stash and i'm back to work in two days!!! any tips? i'm sipping on mother's milk as i type.
i've just beginning to think about another baby, a tiny inkling in the mind. crazy on some level but my period is back and so its like wow its possible, DD is only 5.5 months! of course my mom is like "don't get pregnant right now, be careful!!!" we're so not ready...but i'm not doing any official BC, i hate any hormonal BC and i'm nervous about IUD even though my sis and BF suggest it.
i'm sorry about the chemical pregnancies
. i never knew the official terminology for that, so i googled it.
FtmPapa: sometimes you gotta just veg and not beat yourself up about it! we have breaks for a reason, so enjoy it cause its almost over. now when school starts, set a realistic schedule and get back to work.
but here's what i'm doing to time manage a bit: i am thinking about that program/site that blocks your favorite internet sites for a given time period...does anyone know which one i mean? also it might be time to acculturate friends, students, etc to fact that you can't always answer immediately. i've even stated in my syllabus that i may take 48 hours to respond to emails as it got CRAZY last semester and i was overwhelmed with virtual communication. and so one thing i don't do at all is IM!