Sunday, August 18, 2013

terrible ideas

In the spirit of allowing others to learn from my experience, here is a cautionary tale:

When dealing with an unresolved lower back problem and coming up for tenure, you may not want to get pregnant, much less end up with a due date that is almost exactly one week before your tenure file is due.

I shouldn't complain, since I kinda just said "fuck it" and did this anyway.  But if you are the kind of person who doesn't like added complexity in your life, this is one thing to avoid.

The back has been surprisingly manageable so far, though we'll see how it goes as we head closer to the dreaded Trimester 3.  The work part has been less fabulous, as I spent a lot of this summer fighting pregnancy fatigue and not getting a lot done.  I'm not regretting the lack of real field work, either, even if that might have been a useful thing to do. 

I will have to pay for all the naps and down time soon; this term is going to be killer.  I have an extra course load (which I'm being paid for, but my leave was really going to mess with the course schedule available for seniors so I volunteered to offer a class now), I stupidly agreed to some writing projects, and of course I would ideally like to get the tenure file done well ahead of time. 

So, I'm an idiot, but it's too late now.  Wish me luck.