I have not posted in a while. Since my last post, my anxiety about tenure had been waning. I have been trying to cut my internet usage after I realized how much of my time it was sucking. The research in my lab has been interesting, and I have been working on writing papers. I attended a conference in my subfield, and discussed science and other interesting things with many colleagues. A certain colleague and I room together each year at this conference, and I have taken to calling it a “slumber party”. Several (opposite-gender) colleagues expressed regrets that they were not invited. Generally I have been enjoying the view from the ridge.
I arrived at my office on July 1st and received official news of my promotion to tenure. The last few days have consisted of a flurry of congratulations and increased somnolence. It seems the pre-tenure process is what has been keeping me awake these years.
My work/life to-do list is identical to what it was in the weeks pre-tenure. This year my goal is to enjoy the lab, continue our projects, spend time thinking about which ways to develop and deepen my research program, and write, write, write. And sleep.