I've been back in Montreal for a week now. It's starting to feel less strange, being back. My travels seem quite remote now. Was I really bicycling down the Danube just two and a half weeks ago? Was I really working in a summer palace in Austria for the past three months? Was I really hiking in the Alps a week and a half ago? (OK, that last one is easier to believe, since I've only just stopped aching from it :->).
Life has been a flurry of craziness since I got back. Bills, car repairs, meetings at school. The biggest craziness has been making plans for the next six months of my life. I managed, after much ado, to schedule my PhD qualifying exam for November 22. Once that was scheduled, I could then make plans to attend conferences (one early December, one mid-December). Once I had that pinned down, I could make my plans for returning to Europe. I've been invited back to do the work necessary (analysis and writing, mostly) to turn my summer research at the YSSP into a peer-reviewed publication. Very exciting — this will be my first publication as an evolutionary biologist!
But not my first peer-reviewed publication ever; a paper just came out from my organic chemistry research at San Jose State when I was an undergrad. I'm not first author on it, but since it's not in my field, it doesn't matter much anyway. The cite: Brook D.J.R., Richardson C.J., Haller B.C., Hundley M. & Yee G.T. (2010). Strong ferromagnetic metal-ligand exchange in a nickel bis(3,5-dipyridylverdazyl)complex. Chemical Communications, 46, 6590-6592.
But I digress. Returning to Europe! I'll be there from December 5th to February 19th. Keewi will mostly remain in Montreal, but will visit me for two and a half weeks. So! If anybody reading this is going to be in Vienna over the winter, let me know! I don't know whether I'll do any more blog entries when I return; that depends on whether anything exciting happens to me. This may be my last entry in this blog, therefore. If so, then farewell! Adieu! Auf weidersehen! Good night!