I get on a plane at 8:30AM tomorrow and I haven't even touched my packing. I should probably get on that...
Here's what I am working on:
This feels like the most random collection of titles. This is why I love getting lots of book newsletters. You never know what you'll find.
I love it when I discover that I don't have to do something anymore. Cancelled meetings? I'm a fan. Can skip an errand? Awesome. A work project is no longer a thing? Great! Husband takes care of something? Fantastic! I always have plenty to do, so when something gets knocked off my to do list, it's a plus.
One nagging item on my to do list was to figure out why we were paying for two condo insurance policies. About two years ago (that's how long I've been procrastinating this), I discovered a weird charge in our mortgage account. Through a chat with our bank, I learned that it was for insurance. That insurance name did not match the name of the policy I knew we had. So, I put "figure condo insurance out" on my to do list.
All I would need to do is find both policies, compare them, decide which one to keep, and then cancel the extra one. But, I didn't want to. It just felt like too much adulting.
This week, while reviewing documents with my husband, we realized that the insurance charges in the mortgage account exactly matched the insurance we originally thought we had. The dates were the same; the charges were the same. The only thing that was different was the name. A quick dash to our insurance provider's website showed that the policy was "paid in full." A few more detective clicks and we realized that the "second" insurance we thought we were paying was actually just our only insurance which was directly paid out of our mortgage account. The way our mortgage account named it was different and that's why we thought we had two policies.
So, two years of procrastination and 15 minutes of work yielded a scary item getting knocked off my task list. Love it.
I love working from home when the weather is glorious. I've got the windows open and this room is a perfect 71 degrees and 52% humidity. Plus, I get to hear the birds sing and the breeze blow through the trees. It is the perfect way to end the work week.
Here's what else made me happy:
I started reading book four in the Dark Olympus series a few days ago. By this point, I've learned that the series is fairly formulaic. The leads are forced to be together. Then each book has it's own spin on the kind of romance. Finally, all of that is set within a broader narrative of what is happening in the city of Olympus. It's entirely predictable but it works. I will read this series until the very last book.
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Short one this week as our kiddo oh-so-lovingly passed along some common daycare crud to me... just one week before I have to travel for a conference.
Between sniffles, here's what I'm working on.
On Friday, I submitted my enormous portfolio to start the faculty promotion process. Academia is weird in that you have to apply to be promoted. The process is different at every University. At ours, we have to submit various forms along with a lot of supporting evidence as attachments.
The problem with this process is that all the forms - on top of not being updated in decades - are designed for teaching faculty. While we librarians teach, we are not teaching faculty. Therefore, the vast majority of our work products do not fit in this form. So, our workaround is to fill out as much of the form as we can PLUS add a narrative to cover everything else. The process of filling out the forms, writing the narrative, getting two letters of recommendation, updating my CV, and getting all the supporting evidence was frustrating and tedious. Plus, we had to do all of this while still doing our day-to-day jobs.
It was a HUGE pain in the ass and, this year, technology decided to throw one more hurdle in the way. Our packages were due on Friday BUT mid-Thursday, we lost access to all Microsoft products. Everything I needed resided in either OneDrive or my email... and I couldn't get to any of it. Luckily, we ended up back online by Friday and our (very kind) Director was open to a few days extension if we needed. I opted to put my nose to the grindstone and crank it out on Friday.
When I hit submit, I cheered and then got myself some chips and chocolate because it was too early for a beer.
As frustrating as the process is, all the aggravation is rewarding. I ended up with an 18 page narrative and over 150 pieces of sample evidence that showed everything I did since I was hired in 2018. Essentially, I have a portfolio of material literally stating how awesome I am. Plus, I got to see just how many students and faculty I've supported.
This process was made a touch easier because I went through it with two of my library colleagues. Plus, this hilariously named playlist provided the perfect jam set while I typed and downloaded.
Now, I just wait to find out the results...
Normally, I share mostly small things in this post. Today, I want to lead with a big one.
I just submitted my enormous portfolio to begin the faculty promotion process. It was frustrating, tedious, and a rather large PIA - BUT it showed me how awesome I am. There were 18 pages of narrative plus all the supporting material of all the work I completed in the past 4 years. I'm glad it's over but it was a satisfying thing to do. Plus, the two people who wrote me letters of recommendation made me tear up with happiness.
Here's what else was good this week:
I read a lot of books with my kiddo. Kid Reads is a biweekly look at what we've enjoyed recently.
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This is the busiest week of my work life. Part of this is my own making. I said yes to a few things I probably should have said no to. The rest of September is busy but not like this week. I will be very glad to get to COB on Friday. Then, I am going to treat myself with a bottle of beer from my favorite brewery.
Here are just the top three things I'm focusing on: