Thursday, November 12, 2009
So sometimes, despite best efforts, you just can't control even the things that you think you can control.
I have these three really big grants that must be submitted next week. And despite weeks of preparation and prodding, they're both running late. I'm working on my second night of late-night writing.
I have to find a way to get these people under control. No matter how prepared I am, I can't stand on others and make them complete their assignments in a timely fashion. So the result is that I'm perpetually pulling these grants together at the last minute. It's exhausting.
I get a lot of compliments from my colleagues: "Boy, if you weren't here, we would be sunk!" "Wow! As long as we needs to raise funds, you have job security!" "Thank God you're not the type to spazz over these things!"
But to tell you the truth, I'd rather not be revered quite so much by my colleagues and get to have dinner at home on nights like this.
Next time I come up for air, somebody get me a cup of coffee, will ya?