The third chapter is much larger than I thought...I predict that my committee will want it cut into two chapters but I will wait for them to tell me that. I am sending a full draft to my advisor today and then hopefully can finish revisions on the other two chapters while I await his comments.
I'm also fighting off sickness. It sucks. Coughing, tired, achy, ugh! On Friday night, my advisor asked me if I was sick or going through puberty because my voice is all crazy. The Grackle has me on a steady stream of vitamins, zinc and Day-Quil.
In other news, I am appalled by the behavior of some folks in my department. Grad students, postdocs, faculty- they are all crazy! The unfortunate thing is that I am leaving and can't do or say anything about it because it doesn't affect me personally (but at least I get to leave!). I wish I could help all my friends (and husband) who have to stay and deal with all these crazy people. I can only take what I've experienced and use that to make me a better postdoc/advisor/PI when it comes to be my time. Here are some of the things I will or won't do*:
- won't drink in my office
- won't drink in my lab
- won't drink at lunch before coming in to do lab work
- won't try to steal projects from other people, behind their back
- won't give people who make me mad the silent treatment
- won't expect my hand to be held or be told how to do things more than twice
- will set standards and expectations for all lab personnel
- won't change those standards due to personal relationships
- won't actually cut and paste my expectations and lab philosophy from someone else's and put my name on it as author
- won't forget to change the details to be specific to my current institution and research organism if I do use someone else's materials
- won't live with my boss or someone who answers to me in the lab (except maybe while I look for a place of my own)
- will accept that different things are accepted and expected at each institution. No matter what the ranking of that institution
- won't think I'm better than anybody simply because I finished my degree
- or because I came from a certain school
- or because I'm a centrist about my subfield
- won't be a condescending asshole to everyone I meet, even if it makes people think I'm funny
Wow, that felt good. Time to get back to work now!
*Not all of these occur at my current institution.