This is turning out to be one heck of a busy summer. I knew going into the summer that the first half was going to be a bit full, but I had no idea that it would be *this* full. Luckily, the end is in sight (just another week and a half to go!), but getting there has been and will continue to be quite the struggle. Deadlines, students requiring attention, tons of technical problems (why is it that computers only break when you're under deadline??)--you name it, it's happening to me. The holiday break was nice, but still doesn't make up for the uber-stressful week last week and the even-more-stressful week I'm having now.
One thing I have been (mostly) good about is not bringing work home with me every single night. That's probably the only thing keeping me from going stark raving mad right now--the down time. And this weekend I'll have a nice much-needed break (a computer-free weekend! I so need that right now), which will make up for the fact that I'll be working all next weekend. Yeesh.
In a sense, I feel like I'm being cheated out of my summer. Where's the relaxation? The time for reflection? The time to recharge? I know I'll have the opportunity to do all of this very soon, but part of me can't help feeling frustrated at all of this work and stress in my life right now.
In the meantime, here are a few things that are on my mind that I'll try to blog about in the next week or so:
* The elimination of computer science programs at Tulane and Loyola (that one's a subscription link; here's a free link) Universities, and what I think this says about the state of the field.
* Iris, in the comments on my post on working with undergraduate researchers, asked for insight on my hiring process. I also have a few other observations about working with undergrads that I want to blog about--in particular, how to handle criticizing their work.
* Tech problems that make me want to throw all of my computers out the window.
* More fun facts! I haven't done this in a while, so I think it's time for another week of Jane Fun Facts!
Any other topic suggestions?