February 16, 2010
Lately, it feels like I’m always riding on the fast track. My little todo whiteboard at my desk is constantly full, regardless of how much I get done in a day. If it’s not paper deadlines, then it’s preparing for meetings, or fixing administrative problems, or helping the new folks in the lab, or just plain good old fashion homework. Half the time I don’t even feel like I’m doing research. All I ever seem to be thinking about is that next deadline which is coming up way too fast.
Don’t get me wrong though, it’s been a pretty good month. I got to hang out with Dan quite a bit. We went up to Ithaca last weekend to see a hockey game and what friends we still have left in the area. It’s always a little weird going back. The place doesn’t change much, but every time it feels less and less like somewhere I should be.
It snowed like crazy last week. I think we got like 20 something inches over the weekend and then another 10-15 the Wednesday after. And since the snow budget for Baltimore is like 14 inches for the whole year (and we already had a huge storm in December), the city was mess. Large roads were all reduced to single lanes and small roads were shut down completely. JHU was closed the entire week (which we get to make up at the end of the semester).
Good news though was that I ended up passing my quals. Haven’t really had a chance to talk to my advisor about it, but that’s quite a weight off my back. I was almost sure I had to retake it. Now I just gotta make it through my GBO in a year or so.
Oh, one more thing… apparently it is now the year of the Tiger. I’m suppose to be super lucky this year because of that…. but I had one of those 12 years ago and I don’t remember anything super awesome happening. We’ll see I guess.