Accidentally in Code

Week in Brief

Posted on: September 28, 2009

So last week I put up a list of things I hoped to get done last week. I did not achieve all of them, or anywhere near.

  • WISE Speaker event
  • WISE Coffee social (bake!)
  • WISE Self-defense seminar – Questionable whether I can check this off, it was a disaster.
  • Organize meeting for WISE, outline the plan for Women in Academia event – Again, debatable. Only 2 of the exec turned up.
  • TA in French, don’t meltdown
  • Incorporate giant pile of papers into Introduction
  • Polish introduction such that I can send it to my supervisors
  • Finish reading Presentation Zen (making progress, 1 chapter a day though)
  • Finish reading 60 page chapter
  • Read 4 more papers from “the pile”
  • Fix CSS on portfolio website
  • Finish CRM blogpost (already done!)
  • One other blogpost from “the list”

I also:

  • Ended up in hospital with my knee
  • Had a BBQ with my friends and assorted medication from the hospital
  • Saw the Trailer Park Boys movie – it was weird, but me going to it made my boyfriend happy
  • Built some links within the university for WISE
  • Attended a WISE event at Carleton (it’s amazing what they’ve achieved in a year and a half – but we’re catching up fast!)
  • Took care of my neighbors cat (who happens to be a Web Design guru, and is willing to help me fix my CSS)

Two of our events for WISE went really well. One of them was a complete bust – I was horribly embarrassed and felt like a total failure. Going forward I have some lessons to learn: students don’t do stuff that’s not free, at the weekend, off campus on a Sunday afternoon, even if it could save their life (is one – slightly bitter – one I guess). We need to be more on top of registration procedures and for this kind of thing people really need to pay in advance. Also, I need to be more prepared to kill things. I was worried we wouldn’t have a good enough turnout, but I worry about that for every event. This one I should have taken care to be more certain about. I also need to get the exec on board to rejig things a bit, and clear up communications and event responsibilities.

For the coming week:

  • Clubs week for WISE
  • Organize movie night (try and delegate)
  • TA in French, don’t meltdown
  • Incorporate giant pile of papers into Introduction
  • Polish introduction such that I can send it to my supervisors
  • Coding: phase 1
  • Assignment 1, Combinatorial Algorithms
  • Finish reading Presentation Zen
  • Read 6 papers from “the pile”
  • Fix CSS on portfolio website
  • 2 blog posts
  • Get a hair cut (having a Bad Hair Life right now)
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