Music to work by:
• Jon Cleary, Zulu Strut, from Pin Your Spin, Basin Street Records 2004.


FALL 2014

Sweep gutters
Clear more flowerbeds
Door and windowsill (back bedroom) repair


Paint and repair deck.
Revarnish door.


One may work more, but may not displace any of the research or exercise time set out here. My book, whose focus has been wavering between race and the state and which is about the intertwining of these of course, but does not want to look at literature just as another form of state discourse and so on (even Rama does this and much as I like him, I do not want to imitate that), is really about fractured subjectivity and I am sticking to this — and to my planned first sentence (that spins off of Sarmiento’s rhythms and says mestizaje “the salve that heals” seeps into fissures still there).

Monday: 25 minutes writing, 2.5 hours each and preparation for each of three courses for the week, total 8 hours. All of this time is alone. Yoga and maybe art studio time that night.
Tuesday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour e-mail, 6 hours of class, total 8 hours. Work out with weights that night.
Wednesday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour research, 3 hours office hours, 3 hours meetings or bureaucacy, total 8 hours. Running and maybe art studio time that night.
Thursday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour e-mail, 6 hours of class, total 8 hours. Work out with weights that night.
Friday: Research day. Physically go somewhere. Have dinner with friends, or otherwise take the evening off. Take a long walk during this day. Organize it in four blocks: 25 minutes writing (before leaving), 2.5 hours reading and writing, walk, 2.5 hours again, total 5.5 hours.
Saturday: This is mostly a day off but it does have one research block of 2.5 hours, in the afternoon or evening. It is a day for nature. Go to yoga and run on this day.
Sunday: This is also mostly a day off but it has a reflective and planning period, probably in the morning, and e-mail and blogging. It is a day for recreational reading and nature. Get some form of vigorous outdoor exercise on this day.

Asesora editorial: Revista Iberoamericana
Secretary, FS
Applied NEH Seminar
Applied HAHR blogger, stood for election ERIP
Applied SCMLA, 2 papers, 1 accepted
Applied ERIP
Applied colloquium here
Academe article submitted May 18, accepted May 27; also earlier version in AAUP state conference website
Honors seminar — Mexico DF — March 20
Developed 6 interlocking courses for SA Mexico, not funded but still working on it
Advising included advising UNO graduate students on language intensives
Letters of recommendation include but are not limited to: tenure file at SEIU, senior Fulbright, 2 accepted to graduate school at R1, more . . .
Professional Development: Coursera course
Community Service: 9 bands FIL, translation, negotiation, logistics; interpretation Danish and Portuguese for AF; pro bono translation of marriage licenses and similar documents for community members needing these for official purposes (2); also planting grass CRLA, mailout Basinkeeper, informant and support LCAC.


These are the things I have decided I would really like and that I am saving for. I will remember this list before buying other things.

Glasses for driving.
More linens for the guests, and more of the dishes in which I am interested.
Repair jewelry and silverware.
Outdoor furniture.
Studio time.

6 responses to “Work

  1. Z

    Another current theory of the schedule, for a 40 hour week:

    If I could get the schedule I want, most afternoons would be off and some evenings would be on. It would be:

    Sunday through Friday mornings = 6 sessions
    Monday through Thursday, plus Saturday afternoon in a library OR evening writing = 5 sessions
    Sessions I conceive of as 2.5 hours so that is 27.5 hours so far.
    This is the time I want to work on research and preparation of classes, no face time. On the 40 hour plan I still owe 12.5 hours, which is perfect: 9 hours of class, 3 of office hours, and 30 minutes of meetings. Hm, I think I will work this up and see if I can do it. I will have to go slightly over some weeks, but perhaps not too much.

    To be developed out on a grid.

  2. Z

    Logging: that comment on my tenure file was made on Thursday, March 6.

    There has always been an atmosphere of rumors here and part of my not working well enough has been this.

  3. Z


    Please realize.

    This caused.

    You could have avoided.

    …undue and unnecessary hardship by simply informing me what room was available.

    This is a conversation to be held in person.

  4. Z

    Also, this was a manipulative comment:
    1/ it is part of your workload (lie)
    2/ i will take you off the project (threat)
    3/ and assign it to someone else (bluff — if only there were someone)
    4/ if it is too much for you (belittling)

  5. Z

    I want to make a new post of this, cut from an e-mail, but the site is too slow to post it.

    [Once again, I do not agree that communicative approaches, grammar-translation, direct/natural method, etc., are merely teaching “styles” — they have different goals and produce different results. Since we as a group do not have a common approach, the de facto departmental method is that used by those who teach the most sections; therefore, I favor creating as small a group as possible to dedicate to the basic sequence, and starting to use, rather than squelch, expertise of faculty.]

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