Today, I woke up with a bit of a cold. I've been expecting it all week. Husband imported a nasty one while he was here over Thanksgiving and given the pace I've been running, it was only a matter of time.
Still, I got myself out of bed and into the shower at 9am. All I really wanted to do was stay in bed and write. Classes for the most part are over, my last Thursday class was canceled, I was really good about doing all my work for my GRA this week. Everything pointed towards staying in bed.
Except for the part where I had agreed to come to campus to meet with another person as a part of a group project. At 1pm.
So, like I said, I got up, showered, made myself some tea and grabbed the paper for on the go, stopped at the bakery and arrived at my cubicle at 10:45 am. I limited my paper reading to only 30 minutes. I diligently worked on prepping for the meeting for another 1.5 hours. I walked down a floor to meet this person. And...
HE ISN'T THERE!!!!
I leave a note with my cell phone and a statement that I'm upstairs. I come up and check my email to see if he has sent me something. Sure enough, email time stamped 12:30 that states
"here's notes from X article and a checklist. I am suddenly exhausted. I'm going to nap till one, grab a quick shower and hop on my bike to come meet you at two."
My planner clearly states 1pm, X person's Cube. I wrote it down, standing in front of him just 2 nights ago.
Thing is, this person is always like this. He isn't punctual and changes how he is approaching a problem midstream with no notice. It's getting on my nerves. I've been assigned via the greater group to work with just him on this one portion of the project in part to keep him in line. But I'm running out of patience. And we don't need a checklist; we need to finish the outline I made over a week ago.
I understand why there are group projects. This particular project, with the greater group containing 5 people, is particularly important as it is attached to the course I'm taking that is geared more towards a practitioner's MA program which really does require group thinking in and out of school. Furthermore, I am a huge believer in collaborative processes; it is an explicit part of my research. What better way to teach practitioners to collaborate than in school.
So why do I hate this particular group so much? It is a real dilemma. If I can't manage to make this group work without losing my cool then how in the world do I think I can study/extoll the virtues of collaborating in the years to come?
Maybe I should just email him back in about 10 minutes (and 10 minutes from his new appointed meeting time): "Been exhausted all day. Can't stay awake any longer. Went home."