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Resolutions: 2012 edition

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Hello there, awesome reader. My name is Dr. 27. I'm older than that now, but I'm staying faithful to the origins of the blog.

This blog started 2 months before completing my PhD in a pretty southern university back in 2009. It was a way to practice my writing and take a break from all things thesis. My PhD is in a branch of structural biology where I studied some rather impressive stuff.

After completing the degree, I packed my life of 6 years in 3 days and moved to Canada to do a postdoc in a completely different field. Two years later, and after attending a lot of seminars, workshops and doing some much-needed soul-searching, I ended up getting out and looking for an alternative path to academia and industry.

The blog chronicles my mishaps, ideas, musings and tips on entering, staying and finishing grad school. It also talks about some (or a lot) of personal stuff. For a while, the blog became a place to talk about the frustrations of not knowing what to do after PhD. I wanted to explore alternatives to the traditional paths of research (academia, industry and goverment) whilst going back to my field of training (if at all possible). Eventually a job materialized. Follow my quest as I navigate the waters of being a staff scientist at a core facility.

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Even though I complain all the time about hating to do resolutions, I still manage to make a list. I like lists, I enjoy making them and I enjoy crossing stuff off. So, without further ado, here’s what I hope to accomplish in 2012 (in no particular order):

  1. Get bangs. I love bangs, but after a while I get tired. I found a haircut that I love and back in October, I found a stylist that I like, so I hope to get into the spirit of spring with a new haircut and bangs to match.
  2. Sell my car.
  3. But first I need to *finally* get the papers in order. It still has an ON title.
  4. Ask for a raise, because I deserve it, and I want it.
  5. Visit the family and stay a few days without worrying about money. Possibly attend my nephew’s birthday.
  6. Attend hon’s defense and graduation.
  7. Make a dent on credit card debt #3, the smallest one (thought it’s still pretty significant).
  8. Attend a national meeting of my discipline or at least sub-field.
  9. Appear on a publication, even if it’s in the acknowledgments.
  10. Write an entry once a week.
  11. Make dinner at home, at least 1 week of every month (it costs me as much to dine out as to buy groceries and cook, so I opt to (mostly) eat out and work late).
  12. Tell annoying family member to fuck off if he keeps harassing me.
  13. Try a few new places to eat, especially around my neighbourhood (not that I don’t love you y’all, but you know, I need variety).
  14. Walk more, eat less, drink more water.
  15. Find a good, local brewery and try a new beer every month (suggestions are more than appreciated, also #drunksci).

See also:

Resolutions 2011

Resolutions 2010

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8 Comments

  1. BeckyM says:

    From what Ive been reading, I strongly support #4 and #12!

    • Dr. 27 says:

      Ha! Funny, aren’t they? In all seriousness, I do hope I don’t have to do #12, but we’ll see. And I think I’m going to try to get more than the meager 2% or so that some people say they get. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Seems like a solid list! Good luck 🙂

  3. Re: #12. I’d say you need to tell said person you’re getting a restraining order. If they harass you after that, then I’d follow through.

    The list looks great!

    • Dr. 27 says:

      I’ve thought of that a lot in the last couple of days. I may suggest that to my mom. All I’m hoping is that I never cross paths with him or his wife and kid (sadly, I had high hopes before all this that I’d be able to hang out with my cousin, she’s like a young version of me). As long as that doesn’t happen, I should be OK. He has been emailing my mom and talking sh!t about me and my dad, and she’s been patiently replying to some of his diatribes. But her patience is wearing thin, and though she’s a kind, Christian lady, she has her limits. And it can get ugly. I just hope he decides to call the effin’ bank to check that the one and only account where he was a co-signer has been up to date for (not weeks) months, MONTHS! Stupid idiot.

      Thanks! Happy 2012

  4. […] neglected the blog, though I try to write something every week, a promise I made as part of my resolutions for this year. One of the things that pains me the most is that I’ve been missing the […]

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