May 23 Day 76: A Brief Respite

I’ve been pushing pretty hard lately and I admit to being a little resentful of the grading, lack of student interaction, and extra work to prepare for a board meeting. If this were in “the before,” I would be flying home from DC after two days of important work with amazing people—energized and ready to accomplish great things. In the Coronavirus “now”, our meeting was virtual. The work is still important but the human connections were diminished.

On the plus side, it is the start of a three day weekend. I didn’t put my family at risk by traveling in these uncertain times. I took time for myself.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Only two more weeks of teaching. Followed by finals and grading. I know that I can make it over the finish line of this marathon. Then I am looking forward to some “me” time. More rest. More self-care. And all those quarantine projects that others have been doing…like decluttering and gardening. Even if the location stays the same, the change of focus will be a welcome relief.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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