Academic Leigh Speaking

A professor, four kids, and a crash course in work/life balance

Back to Work August 27, 2015

Filed under: Academic,Family Life,School for Boys,Summer Vacation,Third Baby — leighj @ 10:30 am
All three boys playing together. Maybe for the first time?

All three boys playing together. Maybe for the first time?

But not back to school. The kids have another week and a half before their presence is mandated at the local elementary school. I had a call from the school yesterday saying that they couldn’t send Seamus’s teacher assignment until they had proof of residence. I called back and I was set for an annoying experience, but instead, I got the nicest person who actually wanted to be helpful. We agreed that it would save everyone a lot of time and effort if Gilbert’s file and Seamus’s file were linked so that the proof of residence already submitted would count for both children. Ahh. So easy. Then I had to send along Gil’s birth certificate, which I had on hand and did electronically. It’s so much better than calling and having decidedly unhelpful people on the other end of the phone. Now, we’re just awaiting teacher assignments–we’re excited for Meet the Teacher next Thursday.

I’ve had a lot of meetings this week for gearing up for the new academic year. They have been surprisingly interesting and productive. I’m excited for a new year. I’m teaching four classes, but it’s small in comparison to the service I’m working on. It’s my last year before tenure application, so I need all my ducks in a row. Research, teaching, service, advising. I have checklists on each of these things that I’ll be marking off throughout the year.

We had one last summer vacation before September. The boys did eventually embrace the ocean and beach. They really got into body surfing. Porter’s finally all in on his walking and rarely crawls now. It’s an amazing transition.

Off on the bike camping adventure. They've been twice now.

Off on the bike camping adventure. They’ve been twice now.

Gilbert helping clean the gutters.

Gilbert helping clean the gutters.

Seamus's favorite game of the moment: Carcassonne.

Seamus’s favorite game of the moment: Carcassonne.

Porter walking. Yee Ha!

Porter walking. Yee Ha!

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