I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. Come join me. #nablopomo2022
Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Big shoutout to all my fellow NaBloPoMo-warriors. You’ve officially made it past the halfway mark of NaBloPoMo and can I just say one thing? I am so freakin’ proud of all of you! I know, it is a commitment, especially since the group has grown. I truly hope you’re still having as much fun as I am… because I have thoroughly enjoyed all your posts so far and getting to know you all so much better! What a sweet blessing this community is!
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Last weekend, I was inspired by J’s post where she shared that she was sending voter postcards to help encourage democratic voters in Georgia to show up for Senator Warnock in the December, 6 runoff election. I thought to myself: well, if I can do one thing, I can send postcards. So, I signed up at postcardstovoters.org, printed some postcards, and wrote my messages. (THANK YOU, J!)
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On Monday, I asked Jon to stop at the post office to get some postcard stamps and mail the postcards. When he returned, he said that the lady at the post office told him that they didn’t have any postcard stamps, but that he could use the regular forever stamps to mail them. So that’s what he did.
BUT, regular forever stamps are letter stamps and more expensive than postcard stamps. There is a $0.16 difference. Obviously, it’s not about the $0.16 (I hope you know that). I would have sent the postcards either way, but for the USPS lady to suggest that he uses the more expensive stamps because they “were out of postcards stamps”. Sorry, that’s just a big pile of BS. I am all for supporting the postal service, but NOT like that. That’s borderline fraudulent.
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This week, I also signed up for the local Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Sacramento has one of the largest Turkey Trots, Run to Feed the Hungry, in the country and it supports our local Food Bank. I haven’t participated in person in the last three years (I opted for the virtual runs instead), but I think I am at a point where I can justify it. It’s outside after all and I can wear a mask at the start line. Are you going to run a(n in-person) Turkey Trot this year?
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I got my performance evaluation back this week and I was super-pleased with what my supervisor had to say about me. As you might recall, I switched research groups earlier this year and except for one person (who I had already been working with on two projects), I am completely new to the group. I haven’t even met everybody yet and it’s difficult to build a rapport with people that you don’t see in person. I think I met my new supervisor exactly two times since May, but at least we have regular meetings on Teams, and it sounds like I have made a pretty good impression so far (which is so important for me to hear, because I definitely suffer from Imposter Syndrome sometimes — a topic for another day).
I hope you had a good week, but TGIF!