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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.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Down time is not good. Down time is when your brain has time to think.

About the things you're not doing right. About the Monkey that is at home trying to figure out life while you're enjoying work. About the fact that Hubby has already taken two car rides today with the Monkey to get him to sleep. About the future car ride(s) and exhausting night that you have to look forward to.

I've avoided down time for two and a half days while at work, and now I'm waiting for an interminably long transfer to finish up. I'm about to start popping Tums to calm my stomach, which started churning the moment I sat down an hour ago.

I need something to do. My current state of mind doesn't do well with down time. Maybe I'll go sterilize something. Or wash dishes. Anything to make my brain stop meandering.

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I am sorry that you are struggling right now.

I have found that exercise is the best remedy for an overactive mind. Maybe you can try to fit in some gym time while at the lab (if you have one nearby) and on weekends.

Some days off are coming soon.  Peace.


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Baby sleep is one of the least linear things on this planet. Do yourself a favor and decide not to stress about it now. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you can make it better if you try. Sometimes you can't. Sometimes you do something that screws it up. And sometimes it just goes to hell regardless of what you've done. The only thing that you can count on is the fact that morning will come, and you will somehow get through the night.

And it is GOOD for the Monkey to get time to bond with your husband, and vice versa. Having my husband have a significant amount of time on his own with our babies when I went back to work was one of the best things we did. Really.

Hang in there. It gets easier, I swear.


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I agree with Jade.  If you have a transfer or a gel running, hit the gym until it's done.  It's a huge distraction, and it's good for you!

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Really wish I could get to the gym. It's across the street from our condo, which unfortunately is 30-45 minutes drive from work. When I'm home with Monkey, I can't go to the gym or go running (although a nice walk with him in the stroller is nice, weather permitting). Only been able to get out once for a run so far, and it felt so great. As soon as the weather warms up and I get a hang of the pumping and experiment timing, I'll definitely use some of my down time and work to go for a run. I soooo miss the endorphins...

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