When asked what my blog is about, I usually find it easier to say what it’s not about. “I blog about everything except work and boys”1. Today, I’m making an exception to one of those rules – because really, rules were made to be broken, right?
So what is it that’s sooo important that I *just* have to blog about? Well, it’s a little thing called a “research grant.” A research grant that I won with my very own science-y brain thoughts, which I put to paper, along with a stellar team of colleagues2. The extra cool thing is – I’m the principal investigator! And I get to hire a research assistant! And do all sorts of fun research-y things! And I may or may not have written the title of my grant in such a way that the acronym spells A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Because, you know, it seemed like the thing to do.
Of course, getting a research grant is not all just fun and games. With great research grants comes great responsibility. My first responsibility is to fly to Edmonton on Wednesday to go to a workshop to meet other grantees and the funding agency and learn cool things to make my research project even awesomer than it already is! And then I come back, finalize my research plan and get researching! So exciting!
Did I ever mention how much I love my job?
- I mean, I blog about hockey hotties and suchlike, but not about actual boys that I actually date in my actual personal life. [↩]
- I’ve actually known about the grant for some time now, but I wasn’t able to publicly announce it until all the ducks were lined up in a neat little row – things like getting research ethics approval from my organization (You’ll be happy to know that I’ve been certified as ethical now!). So I’ve been bursting at the seams to be able to tell all y’all my big news! [↩]