Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pluses and minuses

+: Everyone's finally healthy and we are back on a normal day care schedule.
-: No more excuse to leave work early.

+: Lots of potentially good stuff looms on the horizon. I have a lot of big-picture, long-term stuff I need to think about and plan for over the next few weeks. Most of this involves projects that I am very excited about.
-: Unfortunately, there's also a ton of short-term stuff that needs to get done, too. Finding the balance between long-term planning and short-term survival is tricky.

+: Baby Jane is mobile!
-: Baby Jane is mobile, and fast, and damn inquisitive.

+: Work is mostly good. I'm excited to be back and mostly managing my days, and feeling good about things....mostly.
-: When bad things do happen, they often send me into a tailspin of despair and "I'm never going to get tenure here!" Clearly this is not healthy.

+: I am working out every day again, and it feels great. Exercise has always been fun and relaxing for me, and I'm trying new things out to mix it up a bit.
-: Trying new things = working new muscles = OUCH!

+: Being back on campus after being gone for a year is making me feel like a rock star.
-: No one wants to hear about my research.


Unbalanced Reaction said...

I love the format of this post. Kudos for working out everyday and being such a rockstar! :)

EcoGeoFemme said...

I guess a baby is more dramatically interesting than research. :)

ScienceMama said...

I've lost track. How many months is Baby Jane?

And by mobile, do you mean crawling or running?

But congrats to Baby Jane and (semi-)condolences to Mama Jane. (Kidding of course)

Jane said...

sciencemama, I think Baby Jane and Bean are about the same age---Baby Jane is 8 months. And she's crawling, but that's plenty fast enough for us for now. :)

And ecogeofemme, I'm sure a baby is more interesting than research. :) But still, it would be nice if SOMEONE asked me about my research!