My manuscript has been accepted! Can I get a “What, what”!
I seriously lost my groove this week. After plugging along rather productively at my dissertation I was side-tracked for several days last week working on my manuscript again. Now that the manuscript has been sent off to my advisor for resubmission I should be back at work on my dissertation, and double time at that to make up for the lost days. And yet… I couldn’t get myself to focus. All motivation was out the window. Until now…
Not going to lie. I took the weekend off. I finished the previous section of my dissertation a day behind schedule on Friday, which all things considered wasn’t too bad. I’m back to it now full force after a lovely weekend with the Impish Husband and a glorious dinner with friends last Saturday. I’ll have pictures to share of that soon but for now: back to the writing. Wish me luck! 🙂
The dissertation writing… is… going? I’m not where I’d like to be. I didn’t finish the two sections the other day like I’d promised myself (and you). I’d been spinning my wheels trying to get them wrapped up and wasn’t getting anywhere so I decided to let those be for now and move onto the next, rather large section. I’d budgeted myself three days for that and I’m nearing the end of day two. Me thinks I’m not going to be done by the end of tomorrow. Le sigh.
In other, more lovely news, I set up my desk by a window with a view and both yesterday and today I was rewarded with some awesome wildlife sightings.
When a journal doesn’t accept your paper and the big experiment you’ve been working on for the last four weeks fails, the only appropriate response is to drown your sorrows in a glass. Your mother-in-law’s last bottle of homemade port may be especially well suited for this. Then this weekend you can start reworking the paper for submission to a new journal and on Monday you can plate cells to repeat the experiment. Sometimes science sucks….
This is a view of my lab bench at work. You have serological pipettes on the left, handy and within reach. I usually have a spray bottle with 70% ethanol hanging from one of the drawer handles in case something needs to be cleaned up. I was in the middle of some lab work when I took this picture so the bench (lab speak for countertop) itself is a bit of a mess. You might be able to make out some pipettes, an open box of pipette tips, a rack with a handful of eppendorf tubes, and the big box they come in. Towards the back you can see the vacuum container and connected hose that I use for aspirating solutions. On the narrow shelf above the bench I keep bottles of 70% and pure ethanol and media for growing bacteria as well as a few boxes of gloves. To the right you can probably make out my laptop and some sticky notes that remind me of all the little bits of information that can otherwise easily be forgotten. All together it may not look like much but it’s been home sweet home for several years now.