trying to get started on data collection
It has been a week of ups & downs. On the up side, I had a chance to take a day trip to another province to check out a research station there. But I have been running into lots of snags on my way to getting my research really moving along. I hit my lowest point a few days ago, when the communication issues, research planning stress and linger health-related issues all collided into a wet, soggy pile of kleenex. I think part of the problem was/is also that, while everyone here has been more than kind, I have no release vale here -- no way to get away from it for a few hours and blow off some steam. I need a happy hour! But I've been receiving great support from afar from friends and family, which has helped immensely.
Today I found some different equipment that will help me to do what I need to do in a more timely fashion, and had a chance to talk through my experimental design with one of the grad students here who had some really great feedback and tips, based on some of his previous research. I'm feeling recharged and ready to get (re)started.
I've also been tracking another blogger, as she documents her international research, and she is pretty much writing the exact words & emotions floating around in my brain, but in a much more coherent way, so maybe you should just go ahead and read her blog instead.