Personal Life Update 12
After almost an entire month without a proper blog post (whoops!), I figured it was about time I posted an update. As you can probably guess, the past several weeks have been busier than usual for me. After returning from SPPAC in Atlanta (and I still hope to write a post and make a podcast episode summarizing the conference), I slept pretty much the whole rest of that weekend. Then it was time to start tackling things that I didn't get a chance to work on while at the conference, followed by grading final papers and exams.
It was a bit of a blitz.
But thankfully, things are beginning to settle down yet again. (And I can feel my fortune changing as I typed that sentence). So to get myself back into the routine of writing for this site, I figured a personal life update made most sense.
Along with attending SPPAC, I was also at the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) conference last week to present a poster. Both poster presentations went well, and you can find both of the posters on my research page. We got some great questions about the posters, and I got a chance to meet several great people that I've either only worked with remotely, or I haven't had the chance to work with yet.
Thankfully, I've also been making progress on my dissertation during this whole time. My proposal defense is scheduled for June 9! It's a little earlier than I expected, which is another reason I wasn't able to write any posts until now. But it's sounding like things are in good shape, and I now have someone who will be helping me get the article collection and coding process started very soon.
Oh, and I have a manuscript that should be submitted soon, and a new one that is in the process of getting started. So, there's that.
All pretty good news so far. The downside is that it was very time consuming to get all of that taken care of. Daily coffee intake increased quite a bit over the past month, and I'm working my way back down to one cup a day. (Or maybe two a day; there was something about 2-3 cups a day being healthy, right? Sure, let's go with that).
In non-academic news, the weather has finally been improving so that it feels like spring outside. So maybe it is a lot of rain...at least it's not more snow, and that's enough for me at this point. Now the goal is to figure out a way to spend some more time outside when the weather is nice. Starting in July I'll be increasing my clinical work to 4 days/week (with long commutes) so that might be a challenge. That's the goal, though!
In preparation for that transition, I'm trying to give thought to what things are priorities and what things should potentially be given less emphasis. Internship applications will be in the late fall, and that's a long process so I need to be ready to tackle those demands. For now, I've decided to at least step down as the coordinator of the oncology research study at UofC, and I'm going to be transitioning responsibility to two other RAs. I'll still be involved, but that will help reduce some of my extra load. I'm also hoping to get those two manuscripts out fairly early in the summer so my focus can be shifted to my dissertation and internship.
Hm, things returned to academics pretty quickly there...hard to not do that this far into a graduate program. Oh well.
Anyway, my time is a little short to work on this post, so I'll end things off here. Hopefully you'll start to see a return of blog posts and podcast episodes soon.
Oh, and as for podcast episodes, I'm thinking about starting to have guests. Unfortunately I'm not sure that's really possible with my current tech resources, but I'll at least try to get the process figured out for in the future.
Hopefully you've all been doing well, and hopefully all of you mothers had a good mother's day.
Until next time!