Actually, my friends didn't even believe it. "Jeruen, out of all people, you're not traveling and instead is staying here in Buffalo?" Yup, I'll be here. I'll be working, dissertating, writing, analyzing, and any other verb that you can find that can do a progressive tense, I'll be doing that too.
But, all in all, I think I am glad that I stayed here. I was quite productive. I finished a total of 6 things in my to-do list. I was quite happy.
First, I finished setting up the design for my fifth experiment. Let's not go into the details with respect to what this experiment is about, but I have finalized the papers, all I need to do is to print them and mass-produce them in different colors.
Second, I finished doing an item analysis on the results of my second experiment. I discovered how to do pivot tables automatically in Excel, and that made my life so much easier. I used to do them by hand.
Third, I read the second draft of the proof of the paper I am publishing. I found some more corrections and edits that need to be done, but aside from that, things look okay and are ready to be published. I am happy, meaning that there is another entry in my CV since I am increasing my publication record.
Fourth, I submitted two abstracts with my name on it. One of these have me as the first author. I have a high confidence that both will be accepted and therefore that would mean I need to go to a country where I haven't been to before. If this happens, it will be Country No. 20.
Fifth, I finished coding and analyzing the results of my third experiment. I liked the results and the data patterns, all I need to do is to find someone else to do the same analysis as I did so that nobody would say that I biased my results.
Sixth, I finished digitizing some documents that my boss asked me to do. I am a research assistant and part of my job is to do these mechanical things. It can be boring, but at least it doesn't involve much thinking.
So yes, I finished these six tasks during Spring Break. Things are happy. Things are getting done. Although, I think I paid the price for being too productive, since I also injured myself by pulling a muscle on my lower back, as I have blogged earlier. I am on medication for 2 weeks, and so far the pain is going away and not as bad as before.