See, during the first few weeks when I started working here, I sometimes felt depressed, feeling like I am out of place, doing nothing while everyone else around me were doing something interesting and important. However, I realized that I was just revving up my engines.
This week, I have had plenty of things to do. I had to prepare for an invited talk that I am going to give next week. I also am running stats for several tests on the results of a massive experiment that we just finished. I am also directing two research assistants. At the same time, I need to read a couple of papers as background reading for a collaborative project that I have started here with someone else from a different research group. And finally, I still have that paper that I need to finish writing so that I can submit it for publication.
There. Life has gotten busy here. Funny, because of that, I now look forward to the weekends. When I was in graduated school, I used to not have weekends. I still worked during Saturdays and Sundays. This time, I try to avoid that, although sometimes I think I will still work during the weekends. But if I can afford not to, like when there isn't a deadline looming somewhere, then I would like to take a break for a little bit.
What else is in the horizon? I have two conference presentations to prepare for. I have presentations in two upcoming conferences: in Boston in January, and in Phoenix in February. So there are things to prepare, posters, slides, what have you.