Summer for most means going to the beach, relaxing by the pool, enjoying the great outdoors. But for me, it means field work and lots of it. Luckily, I really enjoy my field work, being in the sun, and the people who help me in the field. Doing field work means that I don't have to sit in my lab all day, without vitamin D, and do lab experiments. Doing field work makes me happy. What comes after a long day of field work in the hot sun? Going to the pool with my lab partners who helped me in the field.
Of course, it is always difficult to balance field work, lab work, and writing. So much of the tweets that I see on twitter are people asking for or giving advice on how to balance bench work/field work with writing. It seems like the general consensus is to schedule a period of time each week at the same time for writing. That seems like great advice, but it isn't practical when your field work is weather dependent. When it rains 5 days a week, guess where you will be the two days it is sunny! Even in the rain, sometimes I still have to do field work.
Gah, I love my research and what I do.
Biostatistics have been on my mind recently.
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