Category Archives: whining

Feeding the Science Tamagotchi

It started during my undergrad research project. “I have to go into the lab tomorrow morning to feed all my cells, so I can’t stay out too late tonight or have a hangover tomorrow”, I’d say. After comments along the … Continue reading

Posted in career, drunkenness, education, grant wrangling, personal, rants, science, travel, whining | 31 Comments

A week in grant wrangling

Following Frank’s excellent example, it seemed like a good week to present a week’s worth of daily bulletins about what I actually do for a living. As I alluded to in my last post it’s the busiest time of year … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, career, current affairs, English language, furry friends, grant wrangling, personal, photos, politics, science, silliness, travel, Uncategorized, whining | 15 Comments

Yay, Starbucks! (No, really!)

I bought a Starbucks coffee and sandwich on Wednesday, and it made my day. This might sound like a very bizarre statement, especially in a city with an abnormally high Starbucks density (two per block in places), and indeed I … Continue reading

Posted in first world problems, food glorious food, personal, rants, shopping, Vancouver, whining | 19 Comments

Inbox fear-o!

I <3 this cartoon: (There’s some decent advice about “How to email busy people” in the associated article, too). I had 486 unread emails in my inbox when I came back from my holiday last week… just one of many … Continue reading

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Crashing through the block

I’ve had a bad case of blogger’s block lately, brought on by a double whammy of: 1) the worst cold I’ve had in years (which is also my third cold in 2011, ugh), and 2) News Paralysis – the state … Continue reading

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Project management: go with the flow

Both grants have been submitted, my desk and email inbox have been tidied, and sanity has been (partially) restored. That was one crazy round of CIHR grant applications, even more so than usual, but – as always – we pulled … Continue reading

Posted in career, communication, grant wrangling, science, whining | 17 Comments

Normal service will be resumed in March

CIHR grant deadline time is such fun! Especially when half the PIs on the two grants you’re working on are out of the country, in timezones that severely hamper communication, and half of the rest are freaking out because their … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 Olympics, career, drunkenness, idiocy, personal, photos, rants, silliness, snow, Vancouver, whining | 12 Comments

BC rocks! (And trees!)

I like rain. I need rain. During my first summer in Vancouver, there was a dry spell that lasted for five or six weeks. By the third week I started to feel a bit weird, but couldn’t work out why. … Continue reading

Posted in blog buddies, nature, personal, photos, Vancouver, whining | 19 Comments

RBO Cycling

I’ve commuted by bicycle almost every day since I started my PhD in 1998. That’s a lot of kilometres, a lot of near accidents, a lot of hills, and a LOT of rain (we’re talking Glasgow and Vancouver here, two … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, drunkenness, education, environment, exercise, fund raising, personal, politics, rants, Vancouver, whining | 14 Comments

Staycation Proclamation!

WHEREAS Cath@VWXYNot?, author of an independent weblog at (“The Blogger”), has somehow managed to use less 2010 vacation time than she thought, and has more unused days remaining than she is allowed to roll over into 2011; and WHEREAS The Blogger … Continue reading

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