- Author: Wendy Powers
This past weekend was much like the weekend before, with more rain. The rain kept me inside most of the weekend. If I had ever wanted to be a recluse, now would be a good time to try it out. While indoors, I improved my face mask process considerably and managed to complete 45 over the 2-day period. I suspect many throughout UC ANR have found process improvements in how they work remotely. Examples might include how you interact with colleagues by Zoom, or something better than Zoom, so that it is easier to stay engage. Maybe someone has identified a better way to manage email or keep track of time as the day passes. Perhaps one of the ‘most wanted' improvements is a way to keep the dog and the kids amused while you work. If you've found something that might work for others, please share.
I channeled my ‘inner-Lorna' over the weekend and did some baking, mostly as a change in pace. My biggest weekend accomplishment was sending out Christmas cards. Yes, Christmas cards. Some friends and family can use some holiday cheer about now. I am hopeful that recipients will consider me ahead of the game for 2020 and ignore the fact that I didn't get around to sending any cards in 2019.
Program Council meets this week. Gabe will talk with the Program Council about his projects, namely The Vine. In addition, we will review Emeritus requests for a few CE Advisors as part of a new process that we are testing for the first time. Also, Program Council will review budget requests for temporary funding. Because the meeting is by Zoom, we are decreasing the total time a bit, making the meeting agenda full.
The President's Advisory Council (PAC) meets Thursday morning. This will be a first time the group has met by Zoom. Given this is President Napolitano's last PAC meeting, I'm sure many of the PAC members are disappointed they are unable to say goodbye, in person.
I ended last week two advancement packages short of my goal. So far, I have made up one of those. I will complete the other before the weekend ends. Making up the difference from my weekday targets and the actual reviews is all part of my RIT (recluse-in-training) program.