May 31, 2010

Science Before Prose Writing.

Or work before pleasure.
Yesterday was such a grey, rainy, dark and cold Sunday. Indeed, it instigated a feel of December rather than May. In some way I did not mind as I was preoccupied with work. Instead of my usual blog writing and doing research for upcoming posts, I spend it on putting final touches to a scientific paper.

I enjoy writing research papers and particularly this one, as we are presenting something novel and intriguing to the world. Results like these are what makes science so very exciting and rewarding.
Therefore I have been a slacker when it comes to blogging and have been absent from your lovely places; thus forgive me if this week my visits as well as my writing here will be sporadic at the best. I simply have a deadline to meet.

I decided though to post my traditional Birch Tree update. As a very cold May ends, the tree and its surroundings are growing greener and summery. Even though as we stand on the threshold of another seasonal change, parting with spring is easy. It somehow feels as if it never really arrived this year at all...

28 comments :

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Yes, I remember those weekends I worked because of deadlines too. I'm impressed though a scientific research paper. That sounds interesting. My deadlines consisted of meeting state heathcare filing due dates. I worked from home so in a sense I never left the office physically either. The call to work was always there. The one positive I had a short commute to work (LOL). Your yard is looking very lush. We are having cooler weather the last two days too. It got down to 36 degrees Saturday night and it's down in the 40s again tonight. Well, back to bed we are getting up early today for another travel day (going to Billings MT). Don't work too hard dear friend.

Brian Miller said...

i hope that your writing goes well this week...know you will be missed on the days you are away but that we will be here waiting when you return. smiles.

Julie Hibbard said...

Thank you for ALWAYS taking time from your busy (interesting, important, incredible) work to entertain and enlighten all of us!
Good luck this week! I will be thinking of you!

Paul C said...

It's wonderful that the disciplines intersect so well for you. I hope you share a little bit about your science perspectives too some day.

Mr. Stupid said...

Good luck with your research. And take all your time. We will wait.
The pictures look beautiful. The tree on the extreme right looks more greener.
Have a good day!:)

Mood, call me Mahmood said...

Well, I guess it must be difficult juggling between work and writing (blogging) when you're 'addicted' to both.I'll be facing this problem soon when I'll start research and writing my thesis. Though I'm given two years to submit it from just now! I'm attempting to complete it in less time.The trees are beautiful and the shades of colours amazing.
Very inspiring environment.Lucky you.

tony said...

Hi Zuzana.
Yesterday was much the same here in Northern England.Damp\Wet\Misty\ Drizzly.But its brighter today & I hope It's the same for you? My! June Tommorrow......The year goes fast ! Have A Productive Week.
I'm busy reading Stieg Larsson.You read him?Rather Good......

Dan said...

Wow Zuzana, what have you been busy with?
Dan
-x-

Betsy said...

I can see new growth on everything in that most recent picture! It's the same way here!

Enjoy the busyness of research and paper writing! :)

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Scientific papers...hmmm sounds exciting dearest Zuzana.

Your beautiful garden is greener every day even if it's so insanely cold...17 Celsius in Budapest today...I can hardly believe...Somehow I fear this whole summer going to be like this...let's cross our fingers.

Much love to you!

sprinkles said...

Your birch tree has lightened up this past week! I've really enjoyed your weekly posts. It's very easy to look at something everyday and not see the changes so this has been quite interesting!

Saturday was windy and chilly. Yesterday was nice but today is cloudy and feels like it's about to rain any second! I hurried up this morning and got the yard mowed before it starts.

It doesn't feel like spring ever came here either!

Have fun working on that research paper! I'll be doing that soon too probably.

Pearl said...

Amazing the difference a week can make!

Pearl

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Yes, duty calls. We had a three-day weekend, and I resolved to work one of them--I was a slacker and will pay for it in the morning!

Love the tree pix! C

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Zuzana dear,

I love it that you write both poetically AND scientifically. Lovely.

Can't believe the change in the birch tree!

Love,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Kath said...

Yes very chilly here in England. My own Irishman arrived back from Chicago, feeling jet lagged and tired, so we spent a lovely quiet weekend closeted up indoors in front of the fire in the sitting room :D

Keith said...

Good luck with everything. I hope you will have a great week. I always love the photos you post. So beautiful.

Donna said...

Hope your research goes well, Zuanan.

Lovely photos.

Hugs,
Donna

Kaibee said...

Hey nice blog you got here.

You know the way you feel about spring, it's the same with us for the winters. Seems as if they never came.

Anyway, lovely photos!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Not to worry, dear Zuzana...I COMPLETELY understand about deadlines...I'm working similar kind of pressure myself at the moment!!! Best wishes to you as you complete your scientific paper...when it is published please let us know all about it! I'll be particularly interested!! Love you, my dear friend! Janine XO

P.S. Gorgeous photos, as ALWAYS. ~J.

Jacki said...

Ooooh...I would love to hear more about your research paper!

Jingle said...

stay well,
u r missed while being gone...

Happy Wednesday!

Rosezilla said...

Ooh, a touch of mystery, how lovely! Sorry the weather is not nice, but that probably makes it easier to stay indoors and work, eh? Can't wait to hear what you're working on...

Bachelor said...

Hang in there and I believe you'll do just fine! Love the week difference in you birch tree growth!
:) The Bach

LadyCat said...

Your work sounds so interesting. I would like to hear more about it.
The birch tree and surrounding greenery are coming along nicely. Have a prosperous week : )

Rajesh said...

Great post. All the best to you for your research. Looking forward to great results.

Kelly said...

Hi Zuzana, i will be here waiting on your return, do what you have to do, until you return I will just read some of your past posts. Good luck on your paper!

Zuzana said...

Sandy, Brian, Julie, Paul, Mr. Stupid, Mahmood, tony, Dan, Betsy, Evi, sprinkles, Pearl, C, Sharon, Kath, Keith, Donna, Keibee (welcome), Janine, Jacki, Jingle, Rosezilla, The Bach, LadyCat, Rajesh and Kelly, thank you all for your kind words on my ever changing tree and for showing your interest in my work. How delightful I was to learn that so many of you have expressed a desire to learn more about what I do.

I promise to disclose the contents of our recent paper as soon as it is published.

Thank you so much for your wonderful visits and for your always kind words, that make my day.

Xoxo,
Zuzana

Mohamed Mughal said...

It's great that the data-driven science part of your brain doesn't get in the way of your soul's ability to enjoy beauty and emotive expression.