I doubt it would surprise anybody who knows me that Hermione Granger is the character with whom I most relate. I was even a bit jealous when she got to take extra classes in The Prisoner of Azkaban, because I would have done that when I was back in school. (And sort of did since in my junior year I took a 0-hour class--a period that ran before the official day began--followed by a full day of academic courses, ending with an independent study after school. Eight courses in a normally six-period day.)
I could use a Time-Turner right about now. Not for academic over-achievement, but for simple achievement.
I am officially back on the clock for my doctoral program. I have set up a work area, read some secondary literature, figured out a direction for some immediate writing. But the time I have set aside on paper has a tendency to shrink and disappear.
Part of it is spent multi-tasking. Pumping so that J. can have a bottle (that he won't drink) at daycare. Grabbing some lunch. Making coffee. And yes, checking in on Twitter and the like since I have no opportunity to do that until after I finish teaching.
Part of it gets eaten up by the pull of my other identities. I tutor a couple hours a week--math right now--in my role as public-school teacher and small-town resident. I've been doing daycare pick-up for J., something that takes about an hour total. On occasion, I time it so that I can get J. early enough to then pick up E.
I have been trying to figure out how to shift some of my work to the evening, after both boys are in bed. But J. still sleeps inconsistently. At bedtime, I never know how long I will have before I'm needed back in the bedroom. And it takes me a while to get settled back into my planned task, to get my head back into that realm.
I should have done a little work just now. There's a section of my paper that I can envision and for which I have the foundation laid. I just need to turn it into academic-speak with appropriate footnotes and formatting. I have some citations to throw in, marked out in my notes. I want to do this soon, as a follow up to my latest correspondence with my supervisor, as proof to us both that I can still do this.
I figure just a few turns and I could have those pages in no time. Those pages and a good nap too!