- Work no more hours than those for which I am being paid, except for work directly related to publications with my name on them. Conversely, become more efficient during the time I am working (less blogging, reading, ipodding) - which I think will be especially needful after January.
- I will not eat any more home-cooked dinners in front of the TV, with the exception of meals cooked for a TV event (e.g., chili for a football game). I do not want to raise my kid with family mealtimes focused around the TV; it's not the way I was raised.
- I will attempt to spend at least one hour per week doing outdoor yard/house maintenance or improvements, provided that there is at least one daylight, non-working hour during the week when it is not raining. I like playing in the gardens and I don't mind raking or lawn mowing. I like breathing the fresh air and doing chores that make a noticeable improvement to our home's appearance.
- At least once a month, the Princess Pup and I will get in the car and venture out of the neighborhood for a walk. I am SO sick of the loops in this neighborhood.
- I will read, for fun, from a book (not a magazine) at least once a week. I haven't had the time to consistently read for pleasure since 7th grade and it is one of the things that I am most looking forward to about the coming months. However, I do have to find a way not to get so absorbed in the book that I stay up way to late at night and can't function the next day. In the case, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
life after the PhD
I've spent some time thinking about how life is going to be different after the defense is done and the dissertation is turned in. One obvious change is that about 4.5 months from now, BusinessMan and I will have a child. And I know that upon Mini's arrival our lives will be turned upside down. But I've been trying to think of changes I can make now that have some chance of sticking once le bebe arrives. Here's what I am going to try to do.