Mid Year Review

If you’ve been following my blog, you might think that I’ve been up to absolutely nothing of note over the last several months because I haven’t posted anything since the old-time-y days of March 14th! In fact, the time between then and now has been spent travelling, organizing Guelph’s first ever Pint Of Science, writing a text book for one of my courses, and giving several talks, among a list of other academic and non-academic things.

Honestly, I can’t believe it has been over 3 months since I last wrote something here. Since I use this blog to keep track of what I’ve done (because I have a terrible memory), I find my lack of writing entirely unacceptable. The last time I had a gap like this, I found myself reflecting on my year and believing it was less than. It was only through a conversation with my friend Rick that I was able to reshape my view of the year and realize that I had actually accomplished much. So, clearly I need to do better with posting, because, as I said, I have a terrible memory. As such, I’m going to put forward a concerted effort to improve my publication rate.

Anyway, given that the year is half over, I thought it might make sense to check in on some of my goals for the year (which are outlined here, here, and here) to see how I’m doing. In short, not so good in some areas, and surprisingly well in others.

The not so good: In addition to not living up to publishing at least one post per week here, I’m also not really doing as much for my personal health and wellness as I should be. While I have improved my eating habits and am moving more than I was, it’s still not really where I want it to be. Also, given the ongoing kitchen renovations, I haven’t really learned to cook anything new (at least, not that I can recall – further evidence that I need to post about stuff I do lest I forget about it).

Sadly, I don’t think I’m travelling nearly as much as I would like to be. I’m sure most people who know me will consider this a rather crazy statement, but that’s how the mind of a wanderluster works. It honestly feels like I’m going to have a difficult time reaching my travel goals, but I hope to correct that soon. But there will be more details on that in another post.

The surprisingly good: While the renovations are taking longer than expected, I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The bulk of what remains, excluding the installation of a new countertop and a backsplash is mostly cosmetic: paint, trim, and a really good cleaning. The goal is to have all of this done before I begin teaching in the fall. If I’m feeling super ambitious, I might begin tackling the guest bedroom – which I’d like to turn into an office complete with new hardwood floors and a fresh coat of paint- this fall.

Academically, things are moving along nicely. I have co-authored three published peer reviewed papers, have five new papers submitted for peer review (with two or three more that have been resubmitted following reviewer comments), and I think two or three are getting close to submitting for review. I also have given/co-authored eleven conference presentations, and have almost completed the new textbook for CIS3750. If all goes well, a few of my students will be graduating at the end of this summer as well.

I’ve also been reading more; and if I can manage to finish a novel this weekend, I’ll be living up to my one novel per month goal. I also need to make sure to get my butt to the liquor store so I can purchase June’s bottle of scotch!

Anyway, I clearly have some work to do, but at least it’s not all bad news. Except for the lack of travel. That’s super bad news. But there are ways to remedy that.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Rick says:

    Rick, as in me? This was during a different gap in writing, right? Because I read this and thought, did I talk about stuff at some point in the last 3 months?? Because I also have a terrible memory, so it’s entirely possible. Also, I don’t really know what I’ve done in the last 2 years lol.

    1. dangillis says:

      Yes, as in you. 🙂 It was a while ago – but there was a year where I thought I’d done nothing and you verbally smacked me in the head. Rightfully so.

      1. Rick says:

        Ah yes, I do recall. But are you sure it was just a verbal smack, and not an actual one? You know, to improve your face? Again, I forget things.

        1. dangillis says:

          LOL. Well played, jerk. Well played.

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