I finished my paper last night at 3:15 am. Whew! What a relief to get that done. I slept in this morning and went in late. Herb had the paper back to me with comments by 4 pm! He said he thinks it is in pretty good shape to go to a small journal like Taxonomically Specific Journal or that I could work on further developing the big picture and broader issues for it to go somewhere else.
Today I did my students' grades, so I only have one more assignment to complete- my web page. I got it online but it's not quite complete. I feel so free with all of this school stuff behind me! Now all I really have to worry about is my trip to Africa. Piece of cake. I'm leaving in 5 days. I started getting things together tonight. My goal is to carry no more than 40 pounds. We'll see if this happens. Tomorrow I'm running errands to pick up some things I need.
I'm so excited to not be going to school tomorrow! I realized that with the exception of the week after my appendicitis, I've been at school every single weekday this semester and worked several weekends. Not tomorrow!
In the midst of all the stress recently I almost forgot to mention that I got Grant D! I'm on a roll! However, because of my permit issues Herb is concerned that perhaps I should contact the granting agency and explain my situation (i.e. that I won't be collecting data on that part of the project this year) and see what they say. He said I should talk to Leo about it because it's more his field. I've got quite a few things to sort out about grants and accessing funds in the next few days. Today was the last time I'll see Herb for several weeks.
Oh, bummer news today. Jon's camera is broken, or at least the display screen is. This is especially a bummer because I was planning to take it to Africa. Jon lent it to a friend over the weekend, but this friend said he took care of it so what can we do? Even if he had broken it, this friend is barely scraping by with rent and food so there's no way he could afford to replace it. I also imagine that it isn't cost effective for us to repair it unfortunately. Looks like I'm in the market now for a new digital camera- and quick.