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Snow Day Ramblings

February 2, 2011, 9:48 am

Ah… I’m snowed in at home, the power is still on, and the university announced yesterday that it would be closed today. What a perfect cozy day, the kind I always dream about. Of course, now that I am faced with this amazing opportunity for productivity and focusing on my own research, the only thing I want to do is snuggle under the blankets on the couch and watch movies all day. (“Groundhog Day” is high on the list, as is “Hot Tub Time Machine”…)

But I must resist this urge and Be! Productive!  I have some Center-related work to get done that will, honestly, probably take me less than an hour but will seriously impress the Powers That Be. I have lots and lots of my own research to work on. In particular, I have not even touched the rejected manuscript, or the manuscript that my co-authors finally sent comments on. Both of those are going to require a lot of work and I just don’t seem to have the mental energy for it yet. I really should take some time and work on at least one of them today… or maybe next week.

The one thing I have been working on is plans for this summer’s field research, which is pretty exciting. My collaborator and I posted job ads for a field assistant and an REU yesterday – and we have applicants already! I suppose that’s not too surprising given that our new field site is in one of the most beautiful places in the country. I certainly have some work I could do today related to that project, including a small grant application.

I would also really like to get some things done around the house. I have an overwhelming urge to clean up and reorganize my home office, but maybe that’s just procrastination talking. Perhaps I’ll work for an hour and then reward myself with some reorganizing.

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