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Resolutions 2013

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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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Seeing as I did pretty good (IMO) with last year’s resolutions here’s a list, in no particular order, of this year’s resolutions:

  1. Get new tires for the car that (thankfully) I didn’t sell and will need at new job city.
  2. In addition, get the title of my car from new job city as soon as I can (ie. within 30 days of moving) and not delay it like I did in NYC (still waiting on the stupid title, oh how I dislike NYC’s bureaucracy).
  3. Pay off credit card #3 (the one with the lowest balance, which is still pretty high, IMO) while saving money for the wedding (and perhaps the honeymoon, though for now we’re not counting on having a honeymoon immediately after the wedding).
  4. Marry Mr 30 and a PhD in City Hall before we embark on our new adventure in new job city.
  5. Leave everything I need to in order at my current place of employment so my labbies feel a bit relieved that I didn’t leave them hanging.
  6. Take advantage of the free public transportation initiative that new job institution offers; hopefully I’ll save some money by not filling up my tank as often, keeping the environment cleaner, and of course, avoiding cursing others as if I still lived in NYC.
  7. Attend a conference, workshop or some such networking thingie outside of new job city.
  8. Get my tubes checked. Once and for all. I hate having painful periods. Grrrrrr
  9. Lose 20 pounds, no more, no less, so I can fit in my wedding dress.
  10. Cook at home as often as possible. I’d lost some weight in my previous apartment and with me previous roommate, who was never there. At the new place I have more roommates, and they’re almost always there. I hate not having a kitchen for myself.
  11. Appear in a paper coming out of the new lab.
  12. Prove that my new lab is essential for the institution and hopefully score a tech, even if it’s just part time. I know I’m going to be a busy bee.
  13. Start saving for a DSLR or a Macbook Pro (I know, with the wedding and the kicking a debt in the groin it seems almost impossible, but even if it’s just 300$, I want that money put away for just that purpose).

What are your resolutions?

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5 Comments

  1. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its really great for an entry-level DSLR (and for those of us who don’t have an extra $1,000+ to spend on cameras).I usually take photos of nature and people so I just wanted something a nicer than a point-and-shoot. Its an oversimplification, but I recommend Canon because it really brings out the colors whereas Nikon focuses more on depth and detail. You can also go to http://www.flickr.com/cameras to get a sense of what quality the cameras come out with. I spent hours on this site before I finally decided on the T3! (camera porn ftw)

    Here are some pics from my Puerto Rico trip to give you a sense of what the quality is like: http://asociologyphdstudent.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/puerto-rico-trip/

    Good luck on camera hunting 🙂

    • Dr. 27 says:

      Woo!! Thanks for the link and the info. I’m looking into both Canon and Nikon, though the BF has a Nikon and it looks a teensy bit less intimidating. The pictures are awesome! Thanks for the input. I greatly appreciate it and thanks for visiting 🙂

  2. The only times I actually play with the settings is when the place I’m shooting is dark and I need more control over the settings.. Those photos I took were taken on auto-mode. I just like to snap and shoot, and to be in the moment rather than fiddling with the settings 🙂

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