Thursday, June 30, 2011

it figures

We have an awesome, ginormous tree on the west side of our house - perfect for shade in the summer and one of my favorite things about our house. Today while being responsible home-owners and having our tree trimmed for probably the first time in many many years, we found out that the majority of the uppermost branches are hollow, and we should have the whole thing removed lest it fall on our brand-new roof.

I really should have expected that as soon as we dropped a large sum of money on one house update, something else would happen. This one I didn't foresee, which makes it even more frustrating. Partner has decided that we're not having anything else inspected/managed/trimmed ever again, because he just doesn't want to know what else this damned house will need.

Stupid tree. I hope it remains standing at least until Partner finds a job...which may be a while.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I just voted for a particular candidate for officer in a professional society because they graduated from SLAC. Is that bad?

Thursday, June 23, 2011


This has, so far, been the most frustrating and annoying summer I can remember. You would think, or maybe it's just I who would think, that not being in the field would make for an easier life, more work accomplished, etc. etc. Instead, I find all my time taken up with inane little details that need to be dealt with, software installations, network issues, purchasing problems, useless meetings, whatever.

If I don't get some real work done sometime soon I'm going to scream.

Friday, June 17, 2011

research fail

I have a student working in the lab this summer, which will probably be great once I get them comfortable with the work they're doing. Things are slow right now because we still need to get some samples through the setup phases before I can walk the student through the data collection. Until then, they get paid mostly to wait to press buttons and watch reactions and let things cool.

I feel like this is a waste of the money they're being paid, but the other things I have that they could do would take significant additional training, or would require me to reformat my insane data sheets so that someone else could understand them. Every time I open up a spreadsheet with the intention of handing off this work, I stare at it for a few minutes and give up, since it would be so much easier if I just did the data entry myself.

I fail at undergraduate research, not to mention making students do my work.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


The time it takes me to get extremely cranky due to....

Lack of food: 16 hours
Lack of exercise: 3 days
Lack of showers: 6 days
Lack of adequate sleep: 3 weeks
Lack of travel: 3 months
Lack of haircuts: 9 months

Zumba: 15 minutes

I am apparently not the intended audience. I'm pretty sure you have to be able to dance.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


I sit on that wonderful committee charged with deciding who gets kicked out based on their academic performance. I find this committee both satisfying, since I feel like I'm really contributing to the life of the college, and depressing, since I get inside info on the accidents and illnesses and other issues that keep students from completing their work. After a few years on this committee, it serves as my benchmark for finishing a term. Now that we've made decisions for the year, I'm officially free for the summer!

Which means I should probably start going to bed and getting up at a decent hour. And stop planning fun things to do. And start writing. Damn it summer, I should have scheduled my vacation at the beginning when I should have known I would be feeling burned out, instead of scheduling everything for August.

I'll start being good on Monday. Right after the summer beer festival tomorrow.

Monday, June 6, 2011

radio silent

The end of the term is always exhausting, and then I find myself completely unmotivated to do anything at all once graduation is finally over. So, in an effort to avoid entirely negative commentary, I've had nothing to say.

And suddenly it's June 6! Which makes me realize that summer is going to fly by unless I grab some. So I guess I will try to make it into the office tomorrow - the heat this week is not helping my motivation. I do need to clean up the lab from the term so my summer students can get to work.

I will also be getting into shape this summer - we broke down and re-joined the local fitness center now that Partner has the time to spend lifting weights. I will probably still be doing my cardio at home, but I may see what some of these fitness craze classes are like - I somehow don't expect to enjoy Zumba, but I guess I will try it once.

We may not have done much over the past few days, but our new roof is almost finished. I think I get to count that as home improvement work, even if I just sat in the air conditioning and listened to the hammering.