Generally, things are much better than the last time I posted. The most exciting thing going on is that one of my projects is blowing up in the press. We issued the report last week (after sitting on it for more than a year), and via google I found over five articles in the mainstream press about it! I can't really believe it. No project that I've worked on has ever gotten any press coverage to speak of--maybe a mention buried in an article about something else--but usually nothing at all. The only other time I had a report make a difference is the time the data analysis we did was used to make the case to extend the life of a program. That felt big--but this is huge. Will it make a difference in the long run? Well, not on its own, but it's another brick in the wall. Sorry I can't go into more detail about the subject...but it's a big win for me. Maybe this is me going out on a high note?
I officially didn't get the interesting job. So, I am just waiting to call the other job and tell them I'm in. I'm waiting for a better mood. Maybe I'll be there today, maybe tomorrow. I don't think the detail is happening. I've waited long enough. I want to structure it so that I get a full month off--maybe I'll go on a long trip. Maybe I'll get an old paper of mine ready for publication. I really want that time.
Back to the report--I didn't write it. I'm not an author. But I conceived of it--it's really my baby. I did a true lit review--read a bunch of articles and put a lot of effort into writing the RFP. A lot of what's in the final report is drawn from my original writing and background research. I came up with the methodology--the contractor put it into practice. I edited, edited, and re-edited the final document. I wrote the foreword. I wrote a policy memo about the report. I wrote many summaries of the report. I had quite a heavy hand in this project so I feel a lot of ownership of it. I also guided the contract to a successful conclusion--despite budget overruns and a lot of craziness. Anyway, I deserve some credit. How much? Not for me to say.
I also drove myself into exhaustion this week by doing a lot of bike riding. That's good--I needed to be tired. I went over to a friend's house for a cookout on Friday and I fell asleep on their couch. I can't remember the last time that happened! Yes, I had a little to drink--it was that, plus dehydration and exhaustion. I slept really well--on their hard, lumpy futon. I think I need a harder matress!
I just wanted to check in because I figure you might be wondering what happened to me. I'm fine. I'm feeling ok. Things with my mom are ok. I can see the humor at work though it's all still terribly painful. I'm gearing up to ask for what I want and then we'll see what happens next.
Grateful for: options!