The next thing that comes across my desk, I am going to say "NO" to.
Here's what's on my plate this month:
1. Co-author a white paper (May 18)
2. Review a paper
3. Lead field work at least once (with baby) (Friday)
4. Meet with my undergrad and cajole/plead for him to finish writing his thesis even though he's graduated
5. Come up with something/anything to conclude from the fiasco that was project PPP
6. Start and complete 3 big analyses on Project Beta so that Dr. ABC can present it in early June
(Damn him for writing an abstract without having any data - or any plans to get it himself)
7. Continue to plan field season for Project Delta
8. Review text books for course I'll be teaching in fall
9. Spend my startup money and deal with logistics of getting things delivered to Mystery U.
Does that sound like a list that can be accomplished in 25 hours per week? I didn't think so.
And that's just the work-work. On the homefront I have to merely:
1. Be a good mom. Always. Especially those 4 mornings and 1 all-day that I am home alone with Minnow. And the 11 pm, 2 am, and 5 am feedings.
2. Declutter and intensively clean the house so it can go on the market June 1.
3. Major weeding of yard/gardens before house goes on market.
4. Fly to Mystery City and buy a house there. But maybe this will happen in June? Depends on when Fish can get a day off.
I'm not sure whether I feel more or less stressed after making this list.