Oh man, it's been a rough couple of weeks. It didn't really occur to me how much I've been doing until Matt asked me what I was up to and I ticked off the list:
- I gave departmental seminar yesterday on my project in the Dutton Lab on horizontal gene transfer. I was in a major push to get my code working on a larger dataset, and wasted several days trying to debug something. I learned a lot, but none of that ended up making it into the presentation. Everyone was nice and said it went well, but it definitely needs work before I roll it out as a job talk. Speaking of which...
- I'm applying for a faculty position at Mt. Holyoke College. There's almost everything to love about that school, including the fact that they share an acronym with the Major Histocompatibility Complex. I simultaneously feel like I'm a great candidate and that I have no chance in hell in this job climate. So I'm spending a ton of time trying to refine my application to put myself in the best light, but it's hard to demonstrate my enthusiasm and excitement while also seeming professional.
- Gearing up to writing a paper on the code and HGT mentioned in #1, which would be a huge bonus for my chances at #2. The initial goal was to have it submitted by Aug 15. Still maybe possible...
- Preparing for classes in the fall. In addition to revamping the two year-long classes for the masters students, I'm also going to be teaching virology at the extension school. I inherited the course from Joya Mukerji, and am altering it a bit to feature more immunology and host/pathogen stuff. Also trying out a distance learning option, which will be fun, but challenging.
Things I'm neglecting:
- Audiommunity, though I was somewhat relieved to learn Matt hadn't uploaded his take for the episode we recorded several weeks ago. I hadn't even looked at it to check, but it makes me feel marginally less bad.
- Blogging, present writing excluded. I only had two posts at SciAm last month, and none so far this month. It's fun, and not that much work, not sure why it's falling by the wayside.
- Fermentation - I haven't done a thing since getting back from the honeymoon. There are 30 gallons of mead under J's restaurant that need to be bottled, I got some raw honey in Civita di Bagnoregio that I'm dying to get bubbling, we just got a bread maker so I want to give sourdough another go, and I've got loads of empty jars. I haven't even been eating the sauerkraut I already have - it's kinda disgraceful.
- Everything else. My office at home is a disaster, I still need to edit the rest of the photos from the honeymoon, etc etc.
But now it's the end of the day and I have to go home... maybe I'll grab some veggie dogs and get to work on that kraut in the fridge...