Sunny Days and Mondays

View of a heavily overgrown yard in summer, with a hammock in the center, and a bush of white flowers.
Photo by Zuza Gałczyńska on Unsplash

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I’m on day three of the three-day weekend. I’ve spent two glorious days doing absolutely nothing of consequence. I really needed that. It’s not as if I’m getting any younger, and I’ve taken to odd aches in random places, all the time. And now, on day three, I’m catching up on Things That Must Be Done. I’ll have a day of yard work, web updates, and family.

It’s occurred to me in the past few weeks that if we’re going to have a blog, then I need to post one now and again. In general, I love to write. As long as I can remember, I’ve filled up notebooks with scribbled thoughts that I couldn’t express or process any other way. But this blog has been hard for me. Initially, I thought it was because I was still in school. That massive distraction is gone, so it must be something else. And then, I realized… It’s because I have to deal with the elephant in the room.

I think I’ve discussed before that, in spite of my love for research methodology, I still haven’t done any research on my own. Again, work, and school have gotten in the way. And family obligations don’t go away just because it’s the weekend, and you have a good idea. But it’s time. I’m all out of excuses. It’s time to start.

I’m telling all of you for accountability. And if you are a social worker in a clinical setting like me, I suspect that you could use a little motivation, yourself. Maybe my fumbling about in the dark will help you to find the courage to do what you want to do. Maybe my own mistakes will help you to avoid some missteps. I hope so.

A lot of the planning for my first project has been done. It’s all been kicking around in my head forever. I know What. I’ve just needed to work out How. I’ve been in the process of deciding which IRB to go through. I’m lucky enough to have a couple of choices. I sat at my desk the other day, trying to make a decision. I finally decided to use the one attached to the hospital where I work, even though this won’t be a work-related project. Now that’s settled, I can move on to completing the CITI coursework, as my old certification expired. Most IRBs will ask you to do this, I think. So, it’s the best place to start. And once that’s done, I can actually sit down to complete my IRB application.

I’ll keep you posted as I move along. But right now, I have a date with some weeding, and some lemongrass sproutlings. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

Gina Griffin