31 Work Days To Go

Not that I’m counting or anything, but I have a maximum of 31 work days to go before I start my maternity/parental leave on November 15th. Of course, things could happen to make me leave work early, like having to go on bed-rest or Baby G arriving early, but planning for the longest length of time is probably best.

Now, here’s a strange problem – I am running out of things to do! I seriously don’t know if I’ll have enough work to keep me busy until November 15th. Back in August, I listed everything I need to get done before I leave work. Here is my progress:

1. MSc paper – I passed the latest draft on to my MSc supervisor at the end of June. I have sent her a couple emails, reminding her that if the paper isn’t submitted by the time I go on maternity leave it never will be (it’s been over 5 years in the making). I haven’t heard a thing.

2. Post-doc project – this is basically on hold until I get some vital information from our collaborators. I have been asking for it for weeks now, and nothing has come of it.

3. Outreach how-to packages – these have been written up and sent to the appropriate people. The equipment has also been transferred to someone else.

4. Post-doc lit search – this still has to be finished, but is a small project.

5. Education conference – the lit search has been done. Other people have signed up to take over my organizational role.

6. Astronomy outreach – all events are done. I may or may not meet with the department head about the observatory project again before I leave.

7. Post-doc association stuff – the only things I have left to do is attend one more meeting and a post-doc get together (both next week).

So, as you can see, I have very little to work on right now. The days are starting to drag by because I’m getting pretty bored, and it seems it will get worse as I check off more and more things off my to-do list. I guess I shouldn’t complain. I mean, how often do we get to say we don’t have enough to do?

What I’m guessing will happen is I’ll get what I need for #1 and #2 too late and all of a sudden be freaking out that I won’t have enough time to get it all done!

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Comments on: "31 Work Days To Go" (5)

  1. Getting close now!!

    Maybe you can add some home projects to the list–like relax and watch TV more? 😉

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  2. Becca – well, that's what I'm kind of doing 🙂 I figure there's no point going into work if there's nothing for me to work on, so I'll take it day by day!

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  3. Seems we'll be going onto maternity leave around the same time. The Swedes give me 60 days before EDD. Not that I'm counting or anything 😉

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  4. Bee – yeah, we can take up to 8 weeks before the due date. But, because I'm on contract and aren't an employee, my benefits aren't as good (i.e., I don't get any pay except from the government, whereas employees get “topped up” – my husband will get 95% of his salary for up to 17 weeks after the baby arrives). So, I figured I would just work as long as I could.

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  5. Wonder if they'd notice if you sat and your desk and knit?!

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