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But I don't wanna go to work
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12 months of blogging...easy enough
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By popular demand - The Arrival
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Cabin Fever
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Why am I doing this?
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DonorsChoose - more projects to support
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Oh, the guilt...
Monday, October 25, 2010

Priority Score Confusion
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Working from home sucks; aka "Preeclampsia for Dummies"
Monday, October 18, 2010

Editor's choice
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Let the obsessing begin
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DonorChoose - start giving!
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Careful what I say...
Friday, October 8, 2010

To dance or teach...
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Challenges at the bench
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What am I really?
Monday, September 20, 2010

A double standard
Friday, September 17, 2010

The Little Lab Bench That Could
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What I'm glad I didn't know before...
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Round Up: 8/29 - 9/4
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Friday, August 27, 2010

You don't need no stinkin' permission
Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm still alive, just buried
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dr. O's advice to new grad students
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Open Letter
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What you should know as a new TT faculty
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A little professionalism, please
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How picky is too picky?
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Hello LabSpaces!
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Dr. O

After a frustrating year on the tenure-track job hunt, my eyes are still on the prize, and I've learned that sheer will might be the most important quality required for this career track.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Yesterday was my first day back at work, and the first time in almost 6 weeks - correction, 11 months - that I've been away from my little Monkey for more than 30 minutes. And it was almost unbearable leaving him yesterday morning. I've spent the past year wondering how I would balance a family with my hopeful tenure-track career path, but this was the furthest thing from my mind during my morning commute. I cried the entire drive into work, wondering how in the hell I was even going to make it through the day.

But guess what - I made it through just fine. It was a short day, and I had a hard time concentrating, partly because of sleep deprivation, partly because I was wondering how Hubby would manage daddy duty after 4 weeks at work. I did get some work done, though. I sent off two job applications, planned out an experiment I'm conducting next week, and reconnected with a collaborator. It will be a while before I'm back to my old efficiency, but I'm sure I'll eventually get there. In the mean time, I'm taking things one day at a time, ignoring the work-family balance concerns that I just don't have time for right now.

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Hang in there - I'm sure it'll get easier, like you said!

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The first day is ALWAYS the worst.. It is all downhill from here. Sounds like you did great.. Good luck with the Job Aps!

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I'm with Lab Mom. The first week or so I went to work I spent a lot of time thinking about Mini-G. But after a bit you will all fall into a routine and you will become the mom version of your super-efficient lab self. Great job on making it through the first day!!


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Stay strong mom :)

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Man you got this.  Monkey is saying Go Mommy Go!


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Yep, you'll find your routine and settle in and it will be fine.

Eventually, you may even come to appreciate the fact that while you are at work, you can get up and go to the bathroom and no one screams at you.

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