Planning a Break

There are times when I think or say things that I know are telling about my own limitations. Last week I worked up the courage to plan two weeks off… in a row. I know of people who do this routinely and even take up to a month off. However, I have tended to barely tear myself away from work for a full week. In fact, the longest I have been gone – 8 days – was technically for business trip, so it doesn’t really count. I realized when I was sick for the past two weeks, not only did the office survive some key moments without me, but I think I’m ready to let go. Life does go on – even when I’m not there.

So it is officially announced and I booked my flight for a trip to see my parents in the first week!

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  1. It’s very liberating to realize that life does go on. I know from experience, having my daughter living 1300 miles away, that your parents will be happy to see you.

    Have a good trip too, to UU Assembly.

    We are leaving Saturday for 2 weeks in TN and KY. I am a presenter at ChristyFest and then doing research at the U of KY in Lexington for my book.

  2. Oh, I didn’t realize that it is next week! You’ll be enjoying it at the same time I’m in Portland for GA. Enjoy! (I found your bio at ChristyFest.org) 🙂

  3. I’m glad to see you are back on your computer so soon after your eye surgery yesterday, Mom. Hope you are feeling well and not drowning too much in eye drops!

    Please forgive me for posting this here. I was unable to locate an email for you and wanted to be sure you didn’t miss this opportunity to interview a women’s health expert in a bloggers-only news conference.
    I’m writing to invite you to join a small group of bloggers to interview Sherry Marts, PhD, a nationally prominent expert on women’s health issues. Dr. Marts is Vice President for Scientific Affairs at the Society for Women’s Health Research. She will be talking about sex and gender differences in health and health care. Dr. Marts directs scientific programs at the Society, including the Society’s conference series on sex-based biology, the “Some Things Only a Woman Can Do” public education campaign on clinical trials, conferences on Sex and Gene Expression (SAGE), and the Isis Fund for Women’s Health Research. She also serves as scientific spokesperson for the Society.
    This news conference is one of a series of calls, sponsored by Revolution Health, designed to give bloggers access to world-class experts in your areas of interest. The call is informational; you are under no obligation to write about the conversation unless you find it useful. I’ve included more information about Dr. Marts and Revolution Health at the bottom of this message.
    This week’s call is taking place in conjunction with the Revolution Online Health Fair launched in partnership with 10 national nonprofit organizations, including the Society for Women’s Health Research. At the fair, each nonprofit is hosting an online “booth.” For every visitor to a partner organization’s booth, Revolution Health will make a donation to that partner — for a total of up to $10,000.
    Your blog was of particular interest because

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    WHEN Monday June 25th, 2007 at 7 -8 PM EDT; 4 -5 PM PDT.
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    WHY: To answer questions on women’s health and gender diversity in clinical, research and other areas

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    More about Dr. Marts
    Prior to joining the Society as scientific director in 1998, Dr. Marts was a senior analyst at the consulting firm ABT Associates, where she served as scientific research administrator for the HIV Network for Prevention Trials and director of research grants at the American Health Assistance Foundation. From 1988-1991 she managed the Red Cross intramural research grants program and administered the Red Cross research ethics review and training programs. She has a BS in applied biology from The Hatfield Polytechnic (now Hertfordshire University, UK), her doctorate in cell and molecular biology from Duke University in 1986 and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lineberger Cancer Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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