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Research Week, Day 4 Report

March 10, 2011, 2:22 pm

I don’t know if any of you out there have ever tried to work productively at home, with 8 territorial and emotionally needy pets (ok, only 7 – the tortoise doesn’t really give a shit about anything except his heat lamp and food) – which is bad enough, but just wait ’til you get to the end of the sentence — while having a new furnace installed. If you haven’t tried it but are considering it, let me give you a word of advice: don’t.

I did my 30 minutes of crap writing this morning, and then sort of fumbled through 90 minutes of researchy writing cutting and pasting. It was too difficult to concentrate with the banging coming from the basement, the dog barking and whining, the cat growling at the noise in the heating vent, the other cat insisting on climbing into my lab because he’s cold and there’s no heat, and the parrot squawking. I haven’t even bothered trying to read any scientific papers. I did answer a whole bunch of work emails. But this afternoon I don’t seem to be accomplishing much besides laundry and reading the Regretsy archives.

Maybe I’ll get more done later today… maybe not. But here’s the tally so far:

Minutes spent writing: 120

Words: 2490

Papers read: 0

Progress on manuscript: thought of many ways in which I’m doing it wrong. Is that progress?

Weather: colder, grayer, and freaking SNOW.

Shoes: well, I haven’t left the house today, so I’m not wearing shoes. But I am wearing these:

Now with bonus territorial dog and chilly cat.

Update: After posting this, I felt bad about myself for being a slacker, so I ate a Cadbury Creme Egg and read two papers (so what if they were just short communications?). Here’s a photo of the good dog, being good:


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