I don't know what kind of crack I was smoking when I decided to have a wedding, start a new job and begin semi-major home renovations in the first two months of 2009.
I am a pretty lazy person, at least outside of work. I can easily spend my entire weekend on the couch, in my pajamas, playing video games or watching TV while dust collects around me. I really can't remember the last weekend that I got to do anything that wonderful. Instead my weekends and week nights are crammed with errands and to-do lists.The wedding itself is a nonstop source of little things to do. Pick this out, pick that up, decide what color you want for this, who is going to sit where, blah, blah, blah. When I finally run out of wedding-related errands, I have the home renovations to keep me busy. There are paint colors, wood stains, counter tops, faucets and sinks to mull over. The home renovation decisions are extremely difficult because I need to look at many options and prices so that I can make a sound decision, and this takes me forever. Finally, there is my new job. I've got papers upon papers to read and I can't get to them fast enough, so the pile continues to grow.
The thing is, I am totally fired up about my project. It is 100% mine. I've convinced my PI that the organism I want to work on is tailor made for his lab and he is on board. It seems like he is getting pretty excited too because he is starting to talk to me about setting up collaborations with a nearby (and major) center. I also know he is looking through the literature because he hands me something new to read every other day. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. I am glad he likes my ideas, and that he is interested in this project. Unfortunately, I can barely keep up with the literature since my at home reading time is almost nothing.
Obviously, there is little to no time for blogging or reading other blogs. It pains me to look at my Google reader. All of those posts just piling up, waiting for me to read them. Until things slow down, I can only manage one post a week. It's too bad because reading blogs and writing my own blog is something I really enjoy. It was starting to become a nice little evening ritual and I miss it. On the plus side, I should have a lot to post about when all this craziness slows down.
Fortunately, the wedding is in a few weeks and once that is over I should have a shit-ton more free time. I'll get to think about my project more, catch up on my reading and eventually I can get back to blogging on a regular basis (yay!).