a picture of triumph
today the work on my fellowship grant is complete! i get to upload it, hit ‘release’ and let the NIH decide on whether it is worth giving me $$$ or not. i am really excited about this, and somewhat proud.
not because it’s a masterpiece — uhhh, because i know it’s not. i’ve spent the last 4.5 years in clinical training, completely removed from the science world. i felt like a fish out of water writing about PCRs for genotyping and breeding of conditional knockouts.
but trepidations about the actual quality of my submission aside, i am just thrilled i managed to get it done at all. i have had trouble with procrastination in the past, and made a conscious decision NOT to go that route with this behemoth of a project.
i planned on both a monthly and daily scale . . .
because a manageable daily ‘assignment’ is 80 million times more pleasant than a rushed panic in the end.
giving myself artificial deadlines — such as, “submit X piece to Y person to look at” helped a lot to keep me on track.
a bunch of the required documents . . . quite the collection:
i mentioned previously that this was a great learning experience, and it was. i think i value the lessons in project/time management more than the science itself! i hope to use a similar strategy with the even larger projects that loom in my future, such as the experiments i proposed in this grant as well as the eventual writing (i hope) of a manuscript with the results. oh, and my book deal.
(not really about the book deal.)
((not yet, anyway!))
just a few things to be happy about today . . .
♥ two packages waiting for me in the apartment office (although i think they are gifts i ordered for others, still fun!)
♥ breaking into the january issue of CE
♥ sending the grant off!
♥ signing OFF the pager at 5
workout: i did end up going for an early long run before rounding yesterday. in the snow! actually, the paths were not snowy, but the grass was and there were a few patches of hard-to-see ice. there were so many broken branches and others just buckled under the weight of the (1 inch of) snow . . . and it was quiet and peaceful and not even THAT cold (i think it was 30F).
distance: at least 10 miles (estimated), pace somewhere between 9-9:30
i topped this workout off with a 25-minute stretchy yoga for runners session.
roasting rules: because it is SO EASY! i made this real simple recipe for roasted cod, scallions, and spiced potatoes, plus i added some roasted broccoli for good measure.
project report: i think i’ve said enough about this already!