Everyone thinks that academics have the summer off but that is a myth. A myth. Academic success, for better or worse, is measured by research output which means that I have been reading and writing and panicking over the fact that I need to read and write more since classes ended in April.Because I am a new professor, teaching new courses (new to me and new to the department) during the teaching terms I am swamped with course design, reading course materials, writing lectures, marking papers and managing students and I have very little time for my own work. So that leaves the summer months for me to publish or perish.
Now, I am very lucky to love my work, even though it often frustrates me.And I am very lucky to be able to manage my own time during the summer months, even though that can be like having enough rope to hang yourself (and makes it okay to have wine for breakfast, apparently). And I am extremely lucky to be supported by my institution as I do this work, but as the summer progresses there remains the mounting pressure to be an important voice in my field.
So this is the important ensemble I wear to be an important voice:
(I only noticed that I had two different slippers on when I uploaded the picture. I love these slippers and wear them constantly indoors because I hate to have grubby feet. I buy several pairs in different colours when I visit Ontario because there is no Chinatown where I live and I have a pair in almost every room of my apartment. Sometimes they get mixed up. But I go with it.)
It’s comfortable. It’s got pockets. And it’s modest and sane enough to make a run to the grocery store for Kettle Brand Salt & Pepper chips at anytime of the day or night. It is neither flattering, nor professional.
But it is professorial.
What do you wear when you work from home? You work in the nude, don’t you?