With so many good things happening, it is hard to keep up. The course is great but I spend 7 hours a day at the computer room/literacy office just for class time, not including the extra prep time and meetings, set-up and clean-up. Then at home I am constantly fiddling with our course schedule and planning for my teaching lessons which include things like making a final test over this weekend. And in addition to the course, my two Onobasulu colleagues are here. I want to take advantage of having their undivided attention so while there isn’t time during the course; we have work meetings on the weekend.
Onobasulu work also continues with more than just meetings because we are still working on transferring the various files and data from my computer to theirs. This means I am the supply line for their work during computer lab times so that we can better keep track of the most up-to-date versions of documents. And I’m typing up and cleaning up their curriculum work that they produce during the work times. I also have little projects that I am trying to work on and ask them about now so I can print final copies and have it ready when we go out to the village. Some things are just easier to ask in person rather then over the radio.
Then I’ve been trying to sort through the papers from the Edolo and Kaluli curriculum workshop that happened while I was in the village but that still involves quite a bit of typing. I haven’t had time but it needs to happen sooner rather then later because I want to allow time for the expat advisors for those groups to make comments and suggestions before we go out to the village. In addition there is also the funding paperwork and questions I have since my proposal changed midcourse do to unforeseen complications with the original plan for the Curriculum Translation Workshop.
If that isn’t enough, the store currently has had some greater-than-normal trouble keeping certain things in stock. So we (Beverly and I) are already planning and doing some village shopping an extra month ahead of time. Of course this doesn’t just involve going to the store but also making detailed lists to follow so that we know what we’ve bought, what we still need and how to keep within our weight limits for the flights too. The flights are another beast entirely so I won’t go into that.
The course doesn’t end until Thursday of next week but on Tuesday my new housemate in coming in from POC. I am very excited to have someone else living with me but this is also extra work trying to clean things up and make space for her. I had used the extra room as a packing stage with my things for the village and an office too for my printer and such. However, I figured she would probably want/need her own room and closet so there has been clean-out and consolidation going on here as well.
I’m sure there are probably other things I’m forgetting that I am suppose to be doing now but maybe I have enough going on. Look for my May newsletter next week:-) However, don’t feel too sorry for me because when my head gets completely full and cottony, I do take the time to just lay on the couch and watch an episode or two of Castle, or curl up in bed with a Lois McMaster Bujold book from the Miles Vorkosigan series. You have to be able to escape somehow and a crime fighting book writer or the Barrayaran space world are just the ticket.