Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pros and Cons of Illness

Downside to being sick: Feeling various levels of crappy.

Upside to being sick: Taking a sick day.

Upside to taking a sick day: Being at home in comfy clothes.

Downside to taking a sick day: Having to use the time to grade papers and write program review (i.e., work) instead of curling up with a book.

11 comments:

baxie said...

upside (from a reader perspective):
more time to update your blog. =P

Ink said...

I just had a sick day, too, and I planned to be a grading fiend. Then halfway through the day, I thought, WTF am I doing? I'm SICK. So I stopped. And I hope stop, too. Because you need to take care of yourself...and rest...and feel better.

Hugs.

Anonymous said...

You must be *really* sick to be sick enough to think there is an upside to being sick. Clearly you need more fluids and sleep.
unicorn

Good Enough Woman said...

Baxie, True, true!

Ink, Glad you stopped, but I kept going. But it's nice to have a draft of my section of program review under my belt.

Unicorn, I once saw a woman on some show (probably Oprah) who said she sort of wished she might get hit by a bus or something so that she could take a month off work. Too much work skews perspective. Thus, Sick Day = More time to get stuff done!

Anonymous said...

dude! DUDE! She needs more fluids and sleep too!

YAY for your draft. While I'm thinking of it, make sure you save a few copies in various places. A friend just blogged about using Dropbox, and I added that a colleague of mine lost his entire dissertation when his laptop and backup drive were stolen from his office in a split second.
unicorn

C. Troubadour said...

Unicorn, you have me terrified. Not that anyone would be likely to steal my laptop from my lap while I'm in my own house (where I seem to be all the time as I'm attempting to finish my thesis), but all that work just *lifted*!

GEW, I'm glad you had a productive sick day, though that sounds like an oxymoron ... ?

Anonymous said...

troubadour,
I was a few doors down furiously assembling *my* dissertation that day too! It was a Saturday and the building was empty. My colleague walked past my partially-open office door on his way to make copies down the hall, and in that time (about 10 mins tops), someone took his laptop, backup drive, ipod, and backpack from his office. I heard the elevator open and close, but I thought it was my colleague. It had to be the thief. When my colleague got back to his office, I heard him franticly screaming. I ran down to find him out of his mind crazed. There were papers on his desk and nothing else. He really did lose everything but a printout of a few pages. Moral of the story: save your stuff to your email or use something like dropbox.
unicorn

Good Enough Woman said...

Back in the days before the Internet, I had a internship adviser who told me that when she was writing her dissertation she had a copy on the hard drive, a copy on disk at her house in the refrigerator (to protect it from fire), a copy on disk at a friend's house (also in the fridge), and hard copies also distributed in various locations.

It's kind of nice that I can just e-mail stuff to myself, put copies on my college server, use Google docs, or whatever.

Ink said...

Yes on the saving! Just a good idea. I emailed myself a copy of the updated diss *every* night (and deleted the earlier version). I also kept a disk at the following places simultaneously: my home desk, my work desk, my backpack, and the trunk of my car. Think I may have gone overboard on that front...

Ink said...

Oh, and kudos for your grading stamina whilst sick! Hope you're feeling better now.

C. Troubadour said...

Unicorn, I'm just ... agog. My heart is seizing at the image of that poor student and the empty desk.

It is also notable that my word verification is "theaf."

GEW, I'm with you on cloud computing. But the fridge? I would totally have done it before e-mail was available!