The real icing on the cake was when I was at MInT booking appointments. It was my first time calling families to set up 12- and 24-month appointments. There's a lot of detail to remember when calling the families: parent's name, child's name, which appointment I'm calling for, checking if a DXA scan needs to be booked, asking if the child would be okay wearing an accelerometer for a week, setting up mailing an online questionnaire, double-checking mailing addresses, asking if they'd like a text reminder the day before...the list goes on and on. Well, my first call was to book a DXA scan for a child in the study and the sibling who was "green" but we still needed a DXA scan. To do this, I have to have the MInT calendar open to view my available time slots and I have to have a Google calendar to view the available DXA scan time slots. I didn't juggle the calendars, the information, and trying to personify a super friendly research assistant very well when I was talking to the father. So, I apologized and handed the phone over to Bonnie to finish booking the appointment. Oh dear.
When I read that paragraph back to myself it doesn't sound like a big deal, but finding ways to cope with stress can be a challenge. Now, I understand why graduate students drink! J
For the most part, a few deep breaths is all it takes for me to simmer down. But, what I crave most on stressful days is the comfort of what was familiar. Sometimes, I just want to sit in a comfy pair of sweatpants on my own couch with my family/friends/dog from home (maybe with a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, too). I've been fortunate enough that a handful of these people are on Skype or Facebook at the same time that I am, so I can chit chat and whatnot. But, these moments are too few and too far between.
So, to family and friends out there - shoot me an email, message me on Facebook or set up a Skype date! I'd certainly appreciate it.
The only thing constant in life is change. - Rochefoucauld