I went to an awards thing yesterday because one of my students had one an award, and so I was sort of obligated to go. And I was feeling sort of resentful about it because it's two hours out of the day after an otherwise already full day.
And then I got there, and sat with a colleague and an advisee of mine who also won a prize, and best of all, the advisee's family, dad, grandfather, sibling, and partner. And it was just delightful how completely proud the dad was, and how the grandfather was close to tears when she accepted her award and spoke about how her project was inspired by her family. It didn't take long with these folks to change my mood much for the better.
I was proud of my own student, too, and I think I did an okay job explaining her project and the award. (It wasn't the easiest project from my end, but she really came through with it.)
Two of my other students got projects accepted to the student research day presentations. I'm happy for them, but secretly also thinking about my responsibility to go to another activity.
I got several bits of good news the other day, of import mostly to myself, I think. I had my eyes checked, and they are healthy. But, I also asked about whether I would be a candidate for Lasik, and the optometrist almost laughed in my face. She didn't, though, and kindly explained that Lasik is most effective when someone's eye prescription is no more than a minus five. Mine are around minus ten. So I guess that's a hard decision I won't have to make. (I've hesitated totally about the idea of eye surgery, but I was beginning to think that it would be really amazing to go camping and not worry about dealing with contact lenses and also be able to see the stars without then taking my contacts or glasses off.) Still, I'm stressy about my eyes, and having a positive report on eye health is really great news for me.
My bike is back from the shop where it got its spring tune up, but I haven't gotten out on a ride yet. It's cold, and there's this job thing, and the awards thing, and so on. But soon, I hope.
I can report that our department search(es) was/were successful, and that we'll have a/some fine new colleague(s) joining our department in the fall.
There's this person I know, not really well, but we have contact sometimes in various ways. The thing is, I keep hearing/reading X complaining about this one sort of problem, and then three months later, I hear/read X complaining about this same sort of problem in a different context, and on and on, for a while now. And I wonder, hmmm, could it be that X is somehow the source of this sort of problem?
And then I immediately wonder if I do the same thing myself, complain again and again about a problem and not see that I pretty much bring it on myself? (I know I've done it in the past, in a pretty serious way. But I hope I've grown in awareness.)
(Okay, true confession here: I still procrastinate about grading more than I should. I should have gotten over that by now, right? Yeah. Like that.)