February was brutal

I sure am glad to see February gone. It’s hard to explain how much work goes into writing a NASA grant proposal to someone who hasn’t done it, but many people say it takes a month to write. I submitted two last week. Thankfully, one had some legacy from last year’s (unfunded) submission, and a lot of time was saved because of that.

For some reason, the powers that be decided to hold a Mars specific conference on the same exact day as the proposal deadline for my Mars proposals, and I traveled to California to speak there.  Those things in combination were pretty bad, but one might guess that I would get a break afterwards. Instead, I had two deadlines for today. One was a paper I wrote with a colleague in France. He also submitted one as first author and asked me to provide comments. The other deadline was a presentation to my work colleagues, one that is a precursor to a presentation that I’ll give later in March.

Finally, though, all of those things have passed, and I can breath. Tonight I’m celebrating with a home cooked steak dinner, which is a step up from eating dinner at my desk or getting taco bell to go. Goodbye working late hours! And welcome the sun. I can’t wait for Daylight Savings Day – the best day of the year!  Then I’ll be able to enjoy evening activities that require daylight 🙂

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