Airplane blogging

[posted from the free wifi at Vancouver’s international terminal] I’m sitting on a five hour plane flight to Vancouver, which is prelude to a 15 hour flight to Sydney. And I’m working, because while I am a highly productive person when I’m “on”, I’m also an incredible procrastinator, so I’m…

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you really couldn’t have had it all

Earlier today, a friend of mine, also a librarian and an administrator, asked for advice on how to handle a complex personal-job-health situation. And then I saw that Abigail Goben had written about work-life balance and asked “I’m curious what self-care you have implemented in your life that helps you…

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thoughts from my office on Columbus Day

As I walked into the lobby this morning, two library staff members greeted me. “There she is!” and “Welcome back!” were followed by concerned and kind observations that I still look and sound like hell. I didn’t bother with much more than cursory makeup and hair this morning, and I’m…

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new frontiers sometimes suck

I just did something I’ve never done before. I deleted a tweet. You can guess which one. I’d left it up because it’s a legitimate part of the record of my actions and communications, and while I’d preferred, on an emotional level, to delete it, I thought it mattered to…

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being an administrator is weird

I just spent equal amounts of time on writing two letters: A reference for a colleague who has been nominated for a President’s Award for Excellence and A reply to a note from a student demanding that we provide free scotch tape because she pays tuition. And I cannot help…

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