i have been swimming in my own metaphorical puddle of self-involvement. last thursday i gave a 90 minute lecture on a week’s notice covering topics that i am only lightly familiar with (but received laudatory praise from the prof), and tomorrow the person nearest and dearest to my heart arrives in town – for our first meeting in over 6 years… it’s thrilling and fantastic and oh so incredibly stressful to balance his visit with school and work.
speaking of which, i am apparently to have a “dissertation outline” thoroughly researched, drafted, and placed on the PI’s desk by tuesday at noon. this would be the same dissertation i’ve been asking for guidance on, and been told “don’t worry – you’ve got time!”. and i do – a whole three days. fan-friggin’-tastic.
in exciting news, i finally went out and bought my very own shiny new camera (to replace the one that the despicable post-doc will not return). i tried to buy local, but after completely selling me on the canon powershot SX20 they then informed me that it would be about two weeks before the camera was in stock. unfortunately, that would not help me with my impending trip to yellowstone national park, and i had to instead purchase from a big online retailer. regardless, i am looking forward to breaking this little baby in, and may even start partaking in photo shoot fridays!
i miss you all, and i’m loving keeping up with your blog posts – i will resurface soon, oh so soon, i promise!