I set a goal for myself: get the next paper ready for submission.
And a tentative timeline: submit by next Friday (11/3)
And I broke it up into tasks.
This morning I picked a task and got started on it.
Yes, I read a bunch of blogs and scoured the craigslist postings for changing tables, zooper strollers, and medela breast pumps, but I also found my notes on how to put confidence intervals on these statistical analyses and did the calculations.
Now I am going to pick ChemGuy up from the airport. He's here for a few days to use some equipment that they don't have set up yet at his post-doc palace and he's staying with fish and I. Hopefully he'll also get a chance to meet with my undergrad about some of the chemical details in his thesis. (poor undergrad, he's taking the GREs on Thursday)
And then when I get back from the airport, I am going to ignore the earth moving equipment outside my office (vibrating the floor and desk) and I am going to figure out how to revise the text and figures of the paper to incorporate the new confidence intervals.
It feels good to do science again.