Not To Be Trusted With Knives











{November 20, 2008}   Why I Need This Vacation

I promised that I’d snap a picture of my copy of the grant application that I just submitted. Because I knew you’d never believe me about its ridiculous size.  That is me with just one copy of the grant application1.  We had to submit the original, plus five copies.

Ostensibly, that’s a 13 page proposal.  However, 21 CVs, 15 publications, 3 appendices and many, many pages of administrative stuff added to those 13 pages result in the behemoth you see in the pic.

So, yeah, after months of work on that, I feel I’ve really deserved the few vacation days I’m taking to go to visit my family and to celebrate my neice’s 4th birthday. I’m still not done my marking, but I figure that’s what five hour plane rides are for, right?

Update: I added up the pages, plus all the photocopies, and the grand total what I sent in was 4962 pages. Wow.

1Dr. Beth inserted into photo with grant application to give you a frame of reference to judge size.

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Kalev says:

Sounds like a good use of a 5-hour plane ride. Did it happen?

When you said you were “inserted into” the photo for comparison, I’m like… the photoshopped her in?! :p

Is it just me or do you look like you’re going to do something very naughty with that grant application?



Beth says:

As it turns out, West Jet doesn’t have electrical outlets for the passengers. And my laptop has a battery life of about 12 seconds. Thus, no marking on the plane. =(



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