Monday, June 05, 2006

A Productive Day

I am close to finishing a big project I embarked on just about this time last year. I am doing the finishing touches and will send the whole thing off by the end of the week. It is something I have never done before and although there were major bumps along the way I am more or less satisfied (are we ever really satisfied?) with this project. I will be repeating this activity next year and it will be so much easier.

I also was able to spend quality time with colleagues today. I use the word colleague to imply people who are interested in the same things as I am but I truly mean friends. A day when a few words are exchanged, to encourage or praise, to support or even to criticize is a good day. This academic life can be a solitary life sometimes - we have to sit and think and work on classes and grade and create research ideas, etc. But for me some of the joy in this work is the people I spend part of the day with - talking about work, life and anything else that happens to come up.

So today was a productive day