Now that you know about the anticipated La Nina 2013...
I can once again FREAK THE FREAK OUT on here about everything that has to be done before then. And explain why I am so eager for her to get here because from where I stand childbirth and the first few weeks of life look EASY in comparison to the work situation that I am facing this summer. I mean, I've DONE that before. Ain't no thang! OK, I'll be tired! OK, it can be frustrating! OK, I'll have four children in my home looking to me for entertainment slash food, but honestly all I have to do is fire up the TV, sprinkle some Teddy Grahams on the coffee table, hook the baby on, and I can lay back and nap all day. If it gets really bad one phone call will make someone magically appear at my house to help me!
I was awarded an internal grant to perform research this summer and serve as a mentor for two undergraduates. Which, YAY! This is exactly the kind of thing I've been dreaming about! However. This project involves a ten-day trip to another city followed by six weeks of nearly full-time research during which time I will be expected to NOT BE A TOTAL MORON. That is pressure, my friends. Exciting pressure that is a great opportunity and a well-timed professional challenge, but still, NOT SLEEPING VERY WELL RIGHT NOW.
I am also attending a teaching workshop in early June that will have me out of town for another week. I do not enjoy thinking about how this is going to work, though I am looking forward to the workshop.
So, to summarize:
Things I have done before: birthin' babies
Things I have not done before: led a research project, behaved like a professional non-idiot for prolonged periods of time
The good news is that I have largely figured out the childcare situation. The bad news is that I will be spending less time sitting in the shallow end of the Y pool than I would like. Less time making PB&Js and going to the library and chasing the kids around the front yard with a cardboard bull.
It will be a good experiment in working (almost) full time, since choosing whether or not to pursue that option is a question I ask myself almost daily (Ryan is SO excited that we get to have that conversation so often!). Or it might be a disaster. I might miss the whole summer AND be a complete failure at work(I GOT MY HAND STUCK IN THE BOOK RETURN) . Or it could be AWESOME and I could somehow, magically, do a great job and it could lead to great things! Stay tuned!!!!!!