Consider how you balance the demands and pleasures of this season. Have you found ways to make progress on your must-dos while also taking time for your family, friends - and yourself - and being in the moment of this time of year? Or are July and August just another month for you?
As a frazzled first year assistant professor who lives half a world away from her family, an entire continent away from her closest friends and who continues to add to her list of injuries, ailments and illnesses on a daily basis, my summer has been shot to hell. TO HELL, DAMN IT!
Where to even start?
This was supposed to be 3 months of doing kickass research. I had an undergrad student lined up for the summer with plans for a short journey to see my family as well a week or so traipsing across distant mountains. But alas, it was not to be.
Thanks to various factors, ordering the big ticket equipment stuff for the lab was delayed but we are now (finally) bursting at the seams with Shiny New Stuff.
My student has turned out to be unbelievably wonderful and is developing amazing lab hands but is still at the “I’m Still Not Sure You Should Trust Me On My Own” stage.
And the grants I had planned to submit were duly pushed out the door with one tiny one actually being awarded (yay, me!).
All positive stuff, right?
Now if you throw in the obligatory trip home to the land far, far away, catching Not Swine Flu along the way, being told by my parents that I need to consider moving closer to home, having my mother outline her plans for when my father kicks the bucket, having my gorgeous nephew look at me with his big blue eyes and ask when I’m coming to play with him again, as well as the ongoing jet lag, you’re getting some idea of how my not-so-idyllic summer is progressing.
Oh, and let’s not forget the goddamned health issues.
Geeez, where to even start with that?
Hmmm ... let me see. I only just had my shoulder sewn back together earlier this year and over the past couple of months I’ve been rushed from one scanning machine to another with a breast cancer scare, had a long overdue physical exam, endured some weird experiences with my bizarre new dentist and am now facing the possibility of surgery to fix a fucked up knee. Oh, and I’m still having PT for my shoulder.
And the Fall semester starts in a matter of weeks.
Eeeeeeeeekkkkkkk!! What the hell happened to my summer of kickass research?
I am in desperate need of a vacation to recover from the summer so I’m taking the next couple of weeks off to try to reset my overheated synapses.
In the meantime, it’s time to hit the couch with a family-sized bag of Doritos.
Sigh. At least I can always rely on the evil corn chip.