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This is how my Friday is going

This morning, I loaded Minnow into the car, plugged in the iPod and started singing along to the children’s songs as we backed out of the driveway. Twenty minutes later I realized that I had completely bypassed Minnow’s daycare and was well on my way to campus. Oops!

When I finally made it to my office, I was pleased to find proofs for an article. Something to do during what is sure to be a long faculty meeting this afternoon. I’m dealing with lots of administrivia right now (registration, travel plans, conference organizing) and those sucked up my entire morning. With a solid afternoon of meetings and seminars, I’m (dis)pleased to report that yet another day with little research time has been accomplished. Some days the possibility of tenure feels very faint.

Comments

  1. #1 Friend Fruit
    April 4, 2008
  2. #2 Elf Eye
    April 4, 2008

    Ah, brings back memories–like parking my car on campus, only to realize that my daughter was still buckled into her car seat in the back. Sigh.

  3. #3 Tex
    April 4, 2008

    I was pleased to find proofs for an article … Some days the possibility of tenure feels very faint.

    I am sure we have all had days so bad we can help but completely focus on the negative stuff, but getting a paper to the proof stage is a huge step in the right direction. So is organizing a conference. At the conference, be sure to invite someone with tenure elsewhere to come give a seminar at your school. They will get to know you and your department a little better, and they should be in a good position to write a strong letter at tenure time.

    Take a deep breath and relax.

  4. #4 Kim
    April 4, 2008

    I’ve done the “forgot daycare” thing before. (I also regularly forget to leave crucial items at daycare. Sometimes I get phone calls at work reminding me of what I’ve forgotten.)

    Congratulations on getting to the proof stage. (Confession: I never looked at the proofs of my first paper. I was just so relieved that the darn thing was finally accepted that I couldn’t face the proofs… so it was published with all sorts of typos. Oops.)

  5. #5 Jim Thomerson
    April 4, 2008

    Break your research down into the smallest of tasks; ideally tasks many of which take five or 10 mintes. Accomplish at least one research task every day. That makes all days good days, and the research gets accomplished.

  6. #6 ScienceWoman
    April 4, 2008

    I was not meaning to sound so dismal. It has just been a very turbulent day. Indeed, getting to see proofs of this paper (initially submitted a few weeks before Minnow was born) is a great joy.

  7. #7 Tex
    April 4, 2008

    I was not meaning to sound so dismal. It has just been a very turbulent day. Indeed, getting to see proofs of this paper (initially submitted a few weeks before Minnow was born) is a great joy.

    I am glad to see you found time to take my advice:

    Take a deep breath and relax.

    Repeat as necessary.

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