I'm currently at my in-law's house and head to my hometown tomorrow. Here's some bulletz...

  • Damn, Major-Midwest-Metropolitan area are you trying to kill me? -6 degrees. Windchill of -40. Blizzard warnings. WTF!
  • My computer died upon arrival in the Midwest yesterday. Nothing happens when pushing buttons. Luckily, we were able to get my hard drive out and everything off of it.
  • Whew....because I did not back up anything recently! Like the final edits to my dissertation...
  • The lack of computer and holiday will make blogging light this week.
  • I was supposed to submit a paper this morning, but the dead computer kept me from doing so. Tonight, my advisor sent me a review paper about the exact same topic. Timing is everything!
  • I totally lost my fantasy football championship game today. It was super fun all season and the heartiest congratulations to the Grackle for kicking my ass and winning the whole thing!
  • In real football news- Go Bears! Playoff hopes are still alive if they win over the Pack tomorrow night. Bears football + current georgraphic location = love!
  • I'm totally put off my department/academia/the bs that goes along with it right now. A faculty member shared some information with me that they should not have. This put me in a very difficult position. I decided to tell them how uncomfortable knowing the info made me and that I felt it was inappropriate to tell me the info. Yeah, that did NOT go well. At. All.
  • Is it ever ok to stand up for yourself to faculty people?
  • Thankfully I still get to leave! Next week, I'm cleaning out my office and then not going back to the department, ever! Or at least until I have to for a joint conference presentation with my advisor next month...
  • The other consolation is getting away from it all for such an enjoyable week. We attended a big family party tonight and will relax with family and friends for the next few days. Not working for a few days is sooooo nice.

Well, with my laptop lacking state, I might not get to reading many blogs this week- I hope everyone has a great week and a nice, relaxing holiday. Travel safe and stay warm!!


Amanda@Lady Scientist said...

Oh no! No laptop?!? I think I'd go crazy. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Seeking Solace said...

My Steelers lost a game they should have won. Oh, well, I take a #2 seed.

How about a Bears v. Steerlers Super Bowl? Two old school teams playing smash-mouth football.

Sneks said...

Wow. No laptop. I would die.

Sorry to hear the "talk" with the faculty member didn't go well. Let me know if I can do anything to help with that. Like beat some one up.

Have fun with the family and friends! Happy holidays! See you when you get back from your vacation!

ScienceGirl said...

OMG! I cannot believe how calm you are about your dead laptop - I would be in full-on grieving. Glad you got your hard drive though; hopefully that will speed up recovery once the holidays are over.

Happy holidays - stay warm!

hypoglycemiagirl said...

my sympathy on the dead laptop situation. funny how dependent we are on these things.

now go and back up your data!

Laurie said...

I, too, would like to know how to stand up for oneself to faculty. I need to find a way to do it.

I hope you are having warmer weather and Happy New Year!

Unbalanced Reaction said...

I hope you're back to a happy laptop state! How is 2009 treating you?