So...what does a grad student do during summer break? With no classes, no journal club, no TAing responsibilities, no papers to write, no data analyses to run - what is a girl to do? Here's what I'm up to these days...
WORK: I'm still designing a class of public health and GIS for a professor. I've finished the syllabus and the list of assignments. I need to finish the list of reading assignments and a draft mid-term exam. I would also like to create some skeleton power point presentations.
HANGING OUT WITH MY BABY: The K is so much fun right now. She's crawling and pulling up on everything. She learned how to clap. So I spend a lot of time saying, "yeah" while she's clapping her hands together. We go out for runs and walks together. She loves to drink water out of my glass. And she's become quite the drummer. She bangs her hands on everything - from her high-chair to the toilet seat. Bang, bang, bang... all day long. We also play a lot of peek-a-boo. Her smile and laugh brighten my day.
MARATHON TRAINING: Official training (I'm using the NY Road Runner's training schedule) begins June 29th. Before then I need to have a 25 mile per week base. Must.get.butt.in.gear.
READING: My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS by Abraham Verghese (a Diane Rehm recommendation - I'm enjoy it).
WATCHING: D and I are watching Lost. And, I'm embarrassed to say, I'm watching The Bachelorette.
PROJECTS: I'm crocheting a couple of hats and hope to get started on a pair of gloves for the K. Also looking to reorganize a couple of things in our living and sunrooms.
LOOKING TO SELL: a backpack to carry a baby/toddler, a glider chair and footrest, a stroller, a papasan chair, and a diaper genie.
GEARING UP FOR: my real job at school to begin August 1st. I will be on campus working 20 hours a week and taking one class in the fall. I'm hoping to TA in the spring and not have to take any classes then. Also looking forward to a beach vacation at the end of the summer.