7:56 am: Enter building. Proceed directly to classroom to boot up computer. Run up to office to pick up quiz sheets and go to bathroom.
8:02 am: Start class.
9:15 am: End class. Go to office for office hour. Grade quizzes. Alphabetize them. Enter grades on blackboard. Contemplate how that took a ridiculously long time for a five question quiz.
10:15: A student shows up at my office!
10:30 Close door. Get ready to pump. While pumping, upload photos to Minnow’s blog. Work on this entry. Read email.
11:00 Still pumping. Geesh.
11:10: After marathon session, am pleased to discover that I produced a record amount of milk – 5 oz. Now if it just doesn’t spill from its bottles tomorrow.
11:13: Take pump parts to women’s restroom to rinse.
11:15: Start microwave sterilization. Run to dept. office to check mailbox and drop off paperwork.
11:18: Return to microwave to rotate bag, since darn microwave doesn’t have a turn table. Run to bathroom.
11:21: Return to microwave, grab hot bag, go back to ladies room to dump out water.
11:24: Lay pump parts in office drawer to dry.
11:30: Eat cold rice and turkey for lunch at desk. (Can’t deal with microwave again.) Finish reading chapter for discussion with grad student later. Read blogs because chapter is so darn boring. Why did I assign it?
12:15: Walk across campus, cursing new shoes that need to be broken in.
1:45 skip out on meeting so I can grab a juice and bag of chips before hobbling back across campus to office
2:00 Mature Grad Student is right on time. And with lots of good questions too. Man, did I get lucky with an inherited student.
3:18: MUST PUMP NOW. But first pee. While pumping, I catch up reading email, and blog comments.
3:45: Done pumping. Another almost 5 ounces –maybe the longer breaks between pumping sessions are better (albeit more uncomfortable).
3:48: Do the whole restroom, microwave, turn the bag, microwave, restroom – pump part cleaning routine while perusing possible quiz questions for my class.
4:00: Get frustrated with blackboard because it keeps crashing when I try to add a quiz question. (Yes, I am doing both paper and on-line quizzes – consider it an experiment in which takes more time/frustration.)
4:20: Work on Thursday’s lecture. Steadfastly ignore impending doom of grant proposal. Less successful at ignoring certain administrative requests.
4:50: Suddenly realize it’s time to go home if I want to see Minnow before bedtime.-----
- This was a particularly scheduled day for me. I have one day per week like this.
- I got so frustrated with microwave thing that this weekend I brought our old microwave in and hooked it up in my lab next to the sink. Now at least I won't have to turn the bag partway through or lurk outside a colleague's office several times a day.
- Yes, I could (and probably will) say more about the class, but this post was long enough already.
- So far the quiz on blackboard has been more rewarding, but not without its own hassles. I'll probably say more about that at some point as well.