I know there are many of you out there, sitting around, cooling your heels, and waiting with bated breath to learn how to actually measure a junction potential. And that post is coming. It's just not this post.
This post is the final end of a big sigh that wraps up last week's Week of Not Very Much Fun.
-First, I spent the weekend before last worrying about whether I had left my bag (complete with laptop) inside our daycare center or outside in the parking garage. The first being probably ok, the second not so much. It's amazing the complete and utter lack of recollection 5 months without >4 hours of continuous sleep will do to a brain. Luckily, the bag was saved by one of the day care folks. So I didn't loose my 4 year old laptop with its broken hinge, on which I'm writing this very post to you good readers.
-Second, I was all ready to spend last week working on a data presentation for the lab on Thursday (which is fairly involved, given the size of the lab and long stretches of time between turns), as well as a 25 minute talk for the Neurobiology Dept. on Friday. But, fate intervened, as we got our paper finally accepted (good!!), but the editors asked us to turn the final changes around in 2 days (ok, doable, but starting to cut things close).
-The final straw was the girl coming down with an ear infection. She needed a couple days off daycare, which my wife and I split. She improved so quickly after the ped visit, and thank FSM for antibiotics. That basically killed the possibility of the lab data club, but I was able to get the final manuscript changes done and the talk prepared. Of course, with even less sleep than usual. I think this led to one assessment of my talk, which was "Clear, but needed more enthusiasm." Fair enough, but we're almost at the breaking point here people.