Rejections, colds, and lonely travel

It’s been an action-packed summer for yours truly, and I’ve barely had time to breathe. Apparently aware of this time crunch, Monkey was kind enough to bring home the latest daycare plague and pass it on to me –>> initiating the worst sinus infection I think I’ve ever experienced. No time to breathe? No problem! Just shove a fuckton of viral and inflammatory nasty waaaaay up your nasal passages! Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve awaken at night this past week due to nearly asphyxiating in my sleep.

Oh, and I’ve officially received my first funding rejection at my new job. Not a bad score, but an outright rejection. Seriously, those words were written in red print in my notification email. What a way to kick a girl while she’s down. It wasn’t money I was counting on, but it was something I thought I legitimately had a shot at. BUT, because of my confidence, I kind of mailed it in, and got a brisk wake-up call while traveling. I’m playing with the big kids now, and I can assure you my next submission, just right around the corner, will be much tighter.

Speaking of travel, I never knew I could dislike it so much. But multiple meetings a summer, including a trip overseas without your family, dealing with jetlag while trying to prepare for a talk, falling asleep with your iPad on your lap and missing the first opportunity of the week to Skype with your son – it kind of sucks. Don’t get me wrong – the science was great, and the short break from motherhood was kind of nice. But I can definitely see how doing this multiple times a year is going to get old, real fast. Except for overseas travel, I probably need to start cutting meetings a little shorter than I’m used to.

In spite of the exhaustion and shortness of breath, science is moving forward in the lab, and I’m finding I really do love this job. There’s a metric ton of BS to wade through, but watching lablings get excited about the science, pick up where you left off and push your project forward – that’s absolutely priceless. A few of those moments just might get me through this first year.

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Update on a three way

A couple of weeks ago, I asked my readers if there was a way to have a group video conference call via the internetz. Subsequently, a couple of Tweeps clued me in that the latest version of Skype was indeed capable. Here are the instructions for how to set one up on a Mac (I assume it would be similar for a PC). The catch: one of the Skype callers must have a Skype Premium account, which costs $9/month.

Alyssa pointed out that iChat is also capable, and it appears to not cost any money. BUT you have to meet bandwidth requirements to join in. (To check on a Mac, go to the Video menu, click on Connection Doctor, then choose Capabilities from the drop-down menu; if you meet the requirements, there should be a green check mark next to “Join Multiperson Video”.) Here are the instructions for setting up a multiperson iChat (near the bottom of the page). I’m pretty sure you can do all of this with a PC, using an AIM (AOL instant messenger) account, but I have no idea how to set it up.

So now, down to business. Some of the blogging moms thought it would be fun to have a blog-mom get-together via video chat. I don’t have a premium account on Skype, but I do appear to meet the requirements on iChat. If you want in, send me an email or leave a comment. If there’s enough interest, I’ll look into it further, and maybe get something organized. 😉

Three way?

The blog moms are talking about drunken mommy Skype parties over at JLK’s Pieces of Me blog, which I think would be AWESOMEZZZ! But we’re not sure if we can video conference with more than two people. Anyone know if there’s a way to have a three-(or more)-way conversation via video web conferencing? I’m sure there’s gotta be something out there – for professional stuff, that is…