This has been a little bit of a hectic term (heck, this has been a hectic 2 years), but I guess the point of this thanksgiving blog post is that I feel like I'm finally starting to be able to balance my life and work a little better. This fall, I'm finishing up my coursework and finally starting to analyze my data. I just got a big manuscript sent to press, successfully gave presentations at two national conferences, and am excited about the future directions for all of my projects. Although somewhat exhausting, both conferences made me very excited to be in the field that I'm in. Meeting with collaborators, talking to old friends, and seeing cool science happening reinforces that, though I need to be careful to not burn out in the next few years, this is the right field for me to pursuing.
What's around the corner now? I'm psyched to be working with Colleen on our next manuscript - it seems like remarkably good luck to be able to work with people that you genuinely like so much. I'm going to be recruiting new undergraduate students to help with some lab projects. I'm gearing up to take my qualifying exam this winter, which means lots of studying during the dreary part of the Corvallis winter. Lots more lab work. Many more battles with R. Many manuscripts to write. But most importantly, more long walks with the dog and fun nights at the bar.