So, I had my first committee meeting today. It was supposed to be an easy, informal, "get to know me" sort of meeting. One of the first topics of conversation was explaining to some of the committee members why I'd asked them.
But the presentation went well, mostly. Everyone was satisfied with the amount of work that I'd done, that I have publishable results already, and everyone will be dissecting the grants I've written to help me get some more funding. I had a small issue with some terminology, but it's just a small something to fix.
However, my PI was so confident in my presentation and progress to date, that he wants to schedule my oral/proposal defense! For December! He assures me that it's best to get it out of the way sooner rather than later, since the more of my project is complete, the more ammunition my committee will have. But the thought of having to prep for that while doing field/lab work, and while preparing another EPA STAR and DIGG (though I guess both of those will be good prep for the defense) is a bit daunting.
Anyhoo, after my meeting I sort of bailed on lab. I've been slacking for the last week. And yes, I consider going to the same sbux for a full 9 hours for 3 days to work on the presentation "slacking". Plus, it's been sort of a week of anniversary celebration. Eight years isn't a lot, but considering most of our friends haven't made it to 5 yet, we're the Old Guard by comparison. We enjoy our longevity.
Starting Monday, break's over! 8 hour days in the lab, and evening at my sbux writing. PI wants me to get out a publication by the end of the summer.