Well, my data collecting trip could have gone better. Besides the 2″ of snow, and the fact one participant had to bow out (hopefully to be rescheduled soon), I discovered that one of my participants was not actually at the company I was visiting, but at a competitor’s company. In another state. Needless to say, I didn’t make that interview, and had to embarrassedly confess and reschedule, and then somehow pull myself together to carry through on the remaining meeting and interview. In the end, I learned a lot about how companies work and how I might be able to investigate various things, I made some good contacts and also got to see my family a bit, but all these mistakes might be signs that the original study (intended as a pilot anyway) may not work out. This is a little awkward, because I already submitted an abstract on this work to a conference. Bleah.
So now I’m taking advantage of the holiday to regroup and work out a new plan, hopefully looking farther than the hood of my car (as it were) to figure out where we need to go next.
Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving with you and yours, and come out into December renewed for the final stretch of the semester.