Then, there's a project H and I started with a summer research student that we never finished. I think we tried to do too much in the short time we had and as a result need to do more analysis to really be able to finish the paper. I also had a paper in review from a student thesis. The student is notorious for being AWOL- he had graduated and left, but we don't even know where he is (we have an email address). He emailed to tell us that the paper was rejected, but did not send the reviews. We have to get the reviews from him, since he's the corresponding author, but have not heard back since requesting them (I think I'll go email him after this). I have another paper (I am like 4th author) from another student thesis that is being revised for resubmission, too. It just seems like this semester, all I can manage is to catch up on teaching stuff. Next semester will be worse, because I am teaching the big freshman class again (with a new book- why do I always decide to do that?) and modifying my other course, too.
I am hoping to get out of this slump/funk/laziness/whatever soon. I still love research and have exciting things to do, but am just lagging right now. I feel really guilty when ever I read profgrrrrl, too- she was also just tenured and is pregnant, too! If anyone has reason to slack off, it should be her, but she sounds like she is getting stuff done. Maybe the impending arrival is motivation to do work now, while she can? Anyway- I have no excuse. I have a lot of grading coming up this week (a lab exam, first draft papers, etc.), but I also have my Tuesday/Thursday work-at-home days this week. I am not writing this post to beat myself, but more to try to make myself accountable. I'll let you know how things go. Maybe I can get some grading this weekend and have more time during the week for research.