Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Wow, have I been remiss! I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted… Between training for my race, simultaneously potty training and weaning my toddler, jury duty, car troubles, a weeklong visit from my very best grad school friends, and wrangling with some awkward lab politics that I can’t get into, it has been an incredibly busy month!

The briefest of brief updates: I’m doing fine, great actually. My project kinda has me frustrated right now, but I’m through the “is this ever going to work?” phase and into the “I will clone this motherf***er if I have to ligate the phosphate backbone myself” phase. That’s usually more productive.

Husband has been burning the midnight oil. We have an incubator set up in our dining room and a microscope on the desk in the bedroom so that he can make it home for family dinner and then get back to work once Bean is off to sleep. One of my dear friends mocked us deservedly for our home lab setup, but one of my friends used to bring her western blotting supplies home with her at night, so surely a microscope can’t be that bizarre.

My training is going fairly well. I’m logging about 35 miles a week right now, and several of those runs are quite hilly. But I haven’t been keeping as strong a training pace as I’d like because my shin splints are back and I’m trying to avoid a full-blown injury. I’ve come to accept that I may not finish this race under 2 hours, and I’m only mildly annoyed by that. I figure if I can just make it to race day and complete it without injury, I’ll have done pretty well. Although I’m secretly hoping for some race day adrenaline that pushes me to finish in 1:59:00. But we’ll see.

Bean is, indeed, potty training right now. She’s using the potty around 4 times a day right now, to much praise from her doting parents, but I’m hard pressed to see how we will go from potty as novelty to full-time potty use. I have to do a bit more reading I guess.

And this week I officially weaned the Bean. She’s done pretty well with the transition. She’s still asking to nurse at our usual times, but doesn’t seem too upset at my explanation that the “milk is all gone.” I, on the other hand, have been in terrible pain all week and hope that my body gets the message soon that there will be no more nursing.

In my next post, I will (finally) respond to the Bean-mom’s interview meme. But for now, there’s a 0.8% gel with my name all over it.

30 comments:

Patchi said...

I feel out of the loop... when I think of bringing work home it's always papers or my laptop... maybe I can find a "home" for the spare PCR machine :)

On a different note, praise IS the best way to handle potty training. You can also add comments like "you are doing so well, pretty soon you can wear real underwear!" We got lots of potty books for our son, and I think that helped. He was the one rejecting the diapers during the day and finally at night back in November. Accidents happen, but it just means more laundry... Naked days are also a great way to speed things up, as there is nothing to mask the urge.

Good luck with all the training you have going on!

Transition State said...

Best of luck in overcoming the shin splints -- Those have always limited my running success (arrrrghhhhh!!!!). Any wise advice on keeping shin splints at bay?

I use orthotics, which seem to help at least a bit -- but I'm always fearful to push myself too much.

ScientistMother said...

Oh potty training, you actuallly have her using it 4 times, that is awesome! Monkey will sit on it, and will tell me he went poo...not going well I guess. Any tips would be appreciated.

Shin splints suck, but wow you're doing a marathon, you are so amazing. Good luck with training and lab politics. You will clone the motherf*C

ScienceGirl said...

I was 2 minutes slower than my goal for my first half ever last Sunday - oh well, I am still glad I did it! Good luck with your run!

EcoGeoFemme said...

Good to hear from you! It's great that things are going well.

Good luck with all the training.

Jenn, PhD said...

Thanks for all the updates! Glad to hear things are going ok.
When I was working on a time-sensitive series of experiments my PI offered to buy me and my project partner each an incubator to keep at home... but neither of us actually took him up on that one.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

“I will clone this motherf***er if I have to ligate the phosphate backbone myself”

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! I spent months and months in subcloning hell as a grad student!

The bean-mom said...

I spent months in subcloning hell as well when I was a grad student.

And how did your husband wrangle a microscope and incubator to bring home? There are actually PIs out there who give their postdocs spare equipment to bring home?!

Glad to hear that you're doing well, though crazy busy, Sciencemama. Congrats(?) on weaning little Bean. It's bittersweet. I think my Legume and I are headed to that point soon...

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so glad you're back!

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