I just returned home from a 2 h walk, using my new pedometer app on the iPhone: in all 1:55 minutes with an average pace of 4.7 mph and a total of about 8.7 miles. What I forgot to do was to bring a bottle of water, and I found myself slightly dehydrated as I downed 2.5 L of water upon returning home. I did see a bright orange Baltimore Oriole, but could only manage to get a photo of this guy:
Somewhat exhausted, I now have the prospect of spending the Memorial Day long weekend dealing with this:
These happen to be initial drafts of Ph.D. dissertations from two of my senior students, who plan to graduate in July.
It’s not as if I haven’t had a week full of reading–although not every week is quite like this, I submitted 2 papers this week, one to PLoS ONE (first time, despite being an editor for the past 3 years!) and a second one to the Journal of Biological Chemistry (where I also serve as an editorial board
indentured slave member. And a resubmission/revision of a review.
Indeed, it has been a busy week, including the graduation of my son from elementary school, and my daughter’s performances in “Recommended Reading for Girls” at the Omaha Community Playhouse Theater. My claim to fame is Caplan’s Cabbies, where I serve as owner, director, and #1 driver.
It was also a busy week as I have been easing back a tad on the blogs and forging ahead with major revisions on my novel
suggested demanded by my editor. I am very excited at straying a little into the realm of mystery–with the death of an academic researcher in my novel. My novel also takes place in the city of Omaha, Nebraska, where I have lived these past–holy shite–10 years! I thought it might be fun to use the streets and landmarks that are familiar to me–and of course, when push comes to shove, the marketing of the book locally might be a plus. We shall see if the editor appreciates my two months of work. She also asked for a new title: so the tentative title of “Let My People Go!” has been modified to: “Let My Student Go!” Yes, it’s about a student whose mentor gives her grief about graduating. Sound familiar to anyone?
Well, as much as I’d love to blog on, there are a couple of stacks of reading material awaiting me…