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In which SciWo risks coming off as callous…

It has recently been brought to my attention that a subset of my department’s graduate student population is unhappy with our course scheduling. Some of our part-time graduate students feel that we are not doing a sufficient job of offering evening courses to meet the needs of people who work full-time during the day and…

Don’t worry I’ll be back to the course design series soon, but I spent yesterday focused on other things (paper revisions, grant proposals) and I haven’t completed the necessary work to get the next post up. And it’s Friday, so let’s divert to lighter equally serious but different topics. As the mother of a toddler…

My new goal…

… is to avoid vampire meetings. Which are any meetings which suck out your soul. And perhaps damn it to eternity. Post your horror stories here if you think it will help exorcise the effects. Hat tip to 43folders.com.

Rash confession made too late at night.

You know, maybe it’s just because it is 11:30 at night and I have another hour to wait to pick up my husband from the airport shuttle place, but… … there are some days I wish I was still pseudonymous. ‘Cause then I could tell you just how tired I am, how even though I…

Daycare versus tenure versus financial ruin

Money is on my mind a lot this semester. First, there’s the grant writing marathon. And then there’s the personal budgetary shortfall. Without a second income, we run a several hundred dollar per month shortfall. I’ve trimmed the fat from the budget and we’re eating through the small amount of savings we had squirreled away.…

I just gotta say…

… now that I live on the western edge of a time zone, I regularly have to get up before the sun rises. These days that are approaching the equinox, when the sine function of daylight hours has a steep slope, the time of sunrise seems to really change a lot from day to day.…

My timing is off

I had a meeting yesterday at 4, but was stood up (by a colleague who is now completely apologetic). I had another meeting today I thought at 1:30, but no one appeared. I went back to my office, saw I had got the time wrong and it was at 2:30. The meeting had been scheduled…

Perish the paper

On a day when I am feeling increasingly dismal about the publication prospects of my current project, my mood was not lightened with the arrival of the table of contents for the current issue of a very high impact journal (say, cell/nature/science). One of the papers was right up my research alley and the lead…

Growlll…

I am tired. Dog tired. We’re nearing the end of the semester, but not so near that I can see the light at the end of my tunnel of meetings. I’ve been traveling every weekend for the last month, the house needs to be cleaned, the laundry done, the fridge stocked, and the email responded…

Vicious cycles

First, note the time stamp on this post. I have just now succeeded in getting Minnow to sleep and have sat down with a cup of tea and tomorrow’s lecture to prepare. It’s going to be a long short night. And I’m already tired. I’m tired because for some inexplicable reason, Minnow couldn’t sleep last…