Just A Tipple – I Have To Run 30K

T minus 36'ish hours.

How is it Friday already? I feel like the week just started and BOOM, it’s Friday.

And given that it’s Friday, that means in a about 36 hours I’ll be starting the Around the Bay 30 kilometre race in Hamilton with my friend Carolyn. Eeep! Anyway, as I mentioned yesterday, whatever happens with the race happens. I’m not going to stress out about running it in a certain time or anything like that. I’m just going to enjoy the run, or at the very least, try not to end up a quivering mass of suck-bag on the side of the street that other runners have to step around or over. Because that would just be embarrassing.

Beyond the excitement of the upcoming race, I have to say that this week was pretty stellar. I managed to get another paper submitted1, and three others sent off to my co-authors for final review (2 of which are first-author papers). The three that are now in the hands of co-authors technically mean that I’m waiting on co-authors for 5 papers as I had 2 others completed earlier in the year. I’m confident that at least three of these will be submitted for peer review by the end of the semester.

Nerdfest 2012

On top of all that, my Undergraduate Research Assistant extraordinaire, Justin, presented a bunch of results to me today and I couldn’t be more stoked. He’s given me a bunch of new ideas for us to pursue, and I think in another week or three we might be able to write-up our findings for yet another potential publication. W00t!

We’re also going to be developing a poster for the Annual Meeting of the Statistical Society of Canada2 assuming the abstract is accepted3. Based on his work, I can’t imagine why his abstract wouldn’t be submitted. I did mention he was my URA extraordinaire right?

As I said – a pretty stellar week. And all this despite the disturbance in the force I discussed yesterday.

And now, to top it all off, I’ve got a softly purring fuzzball curled up in my arms and a tipple of scotch by my side. I don’t think this week could get any better4.

1 Well, I didn’t submit it personally. Almost Dr. Lorna did that. I’m just a co-author on the paper. But it’s uber nerdy and I’m stoked that it has been submitted!

2 Also known as Nerdfest 2012.

3 Actually, because I have so many awesome students I’m going to be helping out with 3 different posters and 2 presentations – again, assuming the abstracts are accepted. I’m uber stoked about this. I may be nerding out just a little.

4 Okay, it would technically be better if there wasn’t the disturbance in the force, but beyond that – it was pretty freaking stellar.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Carolyn says:

    I’m feeling somewhat better after my lazy-ass – errr – “taper” week, so assuming that your stomach issues have resolved, I’m hoping that this run will be slightly above gong-show for both of us.

    1. dangillis says:

      I’m hoping that’s the case. Regardless of the outcome, there will be beer afterwards. And really, that’s the most important thing 🙂

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