Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Productive Work Day but Some Bad News, Too

My lecture was fine today and then I was able to get a lot of paperwork done at work - letters of recommendation, posting powerpoint lectures on Blackboard, getting a mid-term study guide uploaded, setting up groups, copying stuff off, completing my assessment rubric, etc. I'm still working on a couple of things, namely reading abstracts for the Arctic Science Summit Week in March and starting to put together my powerpoint presentation for our department's Tan Sack lecture.

But this morning, I started to feel a bit of a sore throat. My nose is starting to run. I sure as hell hope I can keep this cold from getting worse - one of the last things he told me was to stay healthy and try not to catch anything from anyone!! So, I'm laying low tonight and taking Airborne. Gonna try to go to bed early.

I just found out that Oregon's unemployment rate is 9.1% or something - one of the worst five in the nation. My partner, Scott, is now part of that statistic - he was laid off from his job today. We're both worried, of course, but now it seems that it's time for him to make a career move and go back to school. We'll keep you posted on that end ...


Liz Kreger said...

Uh-oh. Catching a cold this close to your surgery is definitely not good. Hope you dodge that bullet. Stay healthy.

Sorry to hear about Scott. I keep telling myself that I shouldn't have to worry about layoffs since lawyers always seem to be busy ... however, you never know. Its a scary economy out there.

Good going on your productivity. Keep up the good work. It'll also distract you from worry about your reconstruction ... which will be a snap, by the way.

Dee said...

Hi Liz,
I did catch the cold. I'm hoping that Zycam knocks it out within a few days.

We'll see what happens with Scott, too. There will be a lot to think about in the next few weeks.

I'm keeping my nose to the grindstone at work. Trying not to take on any more things and finishing up a lot of loose ends like recommendation letters and the like.

So glad to hear your counts are coming down! Yippee!

MisAnthropology said...

Well, there's nothing quite like losing a job to get one moving on a long-desired career shift. Sometimes it's just the kick in the seat of the trousers a person needs.