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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Things are getting better. Partly because my hormonal roller coaster is leveling off a bit. Partly because the Monkey is allowing us to sleep more (a whopping 7 hours last night, piecemeal of course, but with a nice 3 hour block in the middle of the night). And partly because I'm taking back what I consider normal. Which brings me to the title of this post: "How to do it all". Notice it doesn't say "How to do it all well" - I'm not making strides to be a domestic, laboratory or blogging goddess (even Isis admits you can't whack all the moles). I'm just looking to return to my old familiar self, for at least an hour or so a day. While I can't do experiments (my northern will have to wait until the week before Christmas when Hubby takes more annual leave), there's plenty of work that can be done from home in between feedings and laundry loads. On the plate for this week:
1. Yesterday, I spent some time browsing the job search engines and identified two more positions for which I'm preparing applications, bringing my total number of TT job applications to 22.
2. Today, I'm going through the summary statement for my K grant, which I received a few days before Monkey was born (I was working on a post about the summary statement as I went into labor - maybe I'll actually finish it this week). I'll be emailing my PO today to set up some time to talk about the likelihood of it getting funded.
3. If I find the time tomorrow, I'll drive into work and get our grad student to bring down the stack of literature I've collected for the review I started working on months ago.
In addition to work, I've started preparing a few meals (way more difficult than you'd think when keeping to a newborn's erratic feeding schedule), and I'm making time to get out of the condo at least once a day. I credit these activities more than anything else for my improved state of mind, and they've reminded me of how much I love my job. In turn, my improved attitude has made it clear how much happiness the Monkey is bringing into our lives. It's becoming obvious that my life will never be the same - I have so much more to love than just a couple of weeks ago.
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Rock Star!!! Glad to hear things are settling down a bit and you're back into getting stuff done. I need to get some more job apps out as well; I'm only up to 16 so far, and I didn't have a baby.
LOL - I'm thinking that number also kind of depends on how many jobs are available... ;-)
Hooray! I'm so glad to hear that things are settling in for you (and Mr. Dr. O and Monkey). Good work on getting out of the condo every day. I think that helps a lot-I know if was key for us when Mini-G was born.
Have a super holiday hanging out with Monkey!
Dude we totally want some pictures of Monkey and I'm not kicking out any cash for them this time.
GR, I've got one on the Tightrope. I'll cross-post over here if y'all want.
Things won't ever feel like your normal life again, trust me. But they do get less topsy-turvy over time. That being said, this is the only time you will ever have when the dude is so little so enjoy it, it goes by fast in the greater scheme of things. I remember when our first baby was born, the first 9 weeks seemed like 18 years, but in retrospect it was nothing. And by the time I got back to work, it seemed like ages went by, but people in the lab were like "You back already?" So surrender to the monkey, resistance is futile! Good luck and do get out of the house!
Monkey pics! Monkey pics! Monkey pics!
I am joining too.
Monkey pics please.
Good to hear that you are back on track Dr.O