Below there are also things about work schedules and shopping (what I want to spend money on, so I do not spend it on other things first). Right now, though, I need this space to list expenses for 2013 taxes and also my annual report for the University.

$1,000 bicycle and pump
$600 washing machine
$100 replace window
$100 security install* a theft expense (security will be $42/month from here on out, as well) not a loss, but I am listing it for now
$100 cell phone
$200 coat
$100 ladder

$680 SCMLA (150+130), MLA (100), LASA (100), ILLI (75), IAS (15+15), ERIP (10), AAUP (100)
$79 Nation (yes, I count this as a journal subscription for work)
$75 Jacket, $25 coffee pot, $50 second jacket
$360 Internet
$720 town-gown-athletics-faculty club
100 miles library trip February — Baton Rouge
$180 lodging SCMLA
See other receipts
Medical and esthetic related to business (e.g. eyewear): February $150, $75; March $5.70, $42; April $150; $400 contact lenses; $75 June

February: 1 bag clothes including good boots and shoes $175
March: Veterans for Peace $25
June: 1 bag of clothes and bedding $25
See other receipts

Asesora editorial: Revista Iberoamericana
Secretary, FS
Applied NEH Seminar
Applied HAHR blogger, stood for election ERIP
Applied SCMLA, 2 papers, 1 accepted
Applied ERIP
Applied colloquium here
Academe article submitted May 18, accepted May 27; also earlier version in AAUP state conference website
Honors seminar — Mexico DF — March 20
Developed 6 interlocking courses for SA Mexico, not funded but still working on it
Advising included advising UNO graduate students on language intensives
Letters of recommendation include but are not limited to: tenure file at SEIU, senior Fulbright, 2 accepted to graduate school at R1, more . . .
Professional Development: Coursera course
Community Service: 9 bands FIL, translation, negotiation, logistics; interpretation Danish and Portuguese for AF; pro bono translation of marriage licenses and similar documents for community members needing these for official purposes (2); also planting grass CRLA, mailout Basinkeeper, informant and support LCAC.

Music to work by:
• Jon Cleary, Zulu Strut, from Pin Your Spin, Basin Street Records 2004.

Spring 2013


I am allowed to work more, but not to displace any of the research or exercise time set out here. My book, whose focus has been wavering between race and the state and which is about the intertwining of these of course, but does not want to look at literature just as another form of state discourse and so on (even Rama does this and much as I like him, I do not want to imitate that), is really about fractured subjectivity and I am sticking to this — and to my planned first sentence (that spins off of Sarmiento’s rhythms and says mestizaje “the salve that heals” seeps into fissures still there).

Monday: 25 minutes writing, 2.5 hours each and preparation for each of three courses for the week, total 8 hours. All of this time is alone. Yoga and maybe art studio time that night.
Tuesday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour e-mail, 6 hours of class, total 8 hours. Work out with weights that night.
Wednesday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour research, 3 hours office hours, 3 hours meetings or bureaucacy, total 8 hours. Running and maybe art studio time that night.
Thursday: 25 minutes writing, 1 hour e-mail, 6 hours of class, total 8 hours. Work out with weights that night.
Friday: Research day. Physically go somewhere. Have dinner with friends, or otherwise take the evening off. Take a long walk during this day. Organize it in four blocks: 25 minutes writing (before leaving), 2.5 hours reading and writing, walk, 2.5 hours again, total 5.5 hours.
Saturday: This is mostly a day off but it does have one research block of 2.5 hours, in the afternoon or evening. It is a day for nature. Go to yoga and run on this day.
Sunday: This is also mostly a day off but it has a reflective and planning period, probably in the morning, and e-mail and blogging. It is a day for recreational reading and nature. Get some form of vigorous outdoor exercise on this day.


There is more, but this is my beginner’s list, made short so that I will not be intimidated. In Reeducation I learned not to take care of things like this because I did not deserve it. I do not believe this but I still have a certain habit of self neglect. This year I am sleeping and exercising, too.

Call: Patty, Douggie, Anita, Iris, Noris.
Track down: John, Ralph, Marta, Dalila.
One visit to the office, and e-mail from there to the outside world: Carlos and Gustavo; another to Cynthia or Joel.
Finish and mail New Years’ cards or letters: at minimum to Sally, Ken, Becky, Steve, Rebecca, Marilyn, Quinteros and Katrina.
Sew on one button.
Take that dress to be altered.
Finally dye that other dress.
Clean up yard.
Paint deck.
Revarnish door.


These are the things I have decided I would really like and that I am saving for. I will remember this list before buying other things.
2014: Glasses for driving.
2013: Hooks for kayak … and, I want a cordless drill to put them up and to use generally
2013: A certain raincoat, and some certain shoes
2014: Blue Denmark.
2014: More towels Rawganique.
2014: Those stools from Cost Plus.
2014: Desk or table to use as desk.
2014: End or side table.
2014: Patio table and chairs.
2015: Duet II bedding for the renters.

2 responses to “Work

  1. Z

    Another current theory of the schedule, for a 40 hour week:

    If I could get the schedule I want, most afternoons would be off and some evenings would be on. It would be:

    Sunday through Friday mornings = 6 sessions
    Monday through Thursday, plus Saturday afternoon in a library OR evening writing = 5 sessions
    Sessions I conceive of as 2.5 hours so that is 27.5 hours so far.
    This is the time I want to work on research and preparation of classes, no face time. On the 40 hour plan I still owe 12.5 hours, which is perfect: 9 hours of class, 3 of office hours, and 30 minutes of meetings. Hm, I think I will work this up and see if I can do it. I will have to go slightly over some weeks, but perhaps not too much.

    To be developed out on a grid.

  2. Z

    Logging: that comment on my tenure file was made on Thursday, March 6.

    There has always been an atmosphere of rumors here and part of my not working well enough has been this.

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