Like I mentioned in my last post, I was in Ann Arbor this week. ICPSR (the Interuniversty Consortium for Political and Social Research) holds trainings every year on lots of topics, from Data to Methods and its basically awesome. I have been wanting to go for a long time, and this summer I finally managed. I ended up signed up for a 5 day workshop on Structural Equation Modeling. Unfortunately for all involved, I only got about 50% of what we covered in class… but its been several years since I had a formal stats class. The good news is that the materials were ON POINT. So, I have everything I need to get in lots of trouble with SEM when I get home. SO that is good.
But being away from home for that long is hard. I stayed in the dorm- so I didnt have easy access to a fridge or air that didnt feel like the inside of someone’s shoe. Also, it was pretty structured… so my MO of grazing on healthy food all day was thrown out the window. So instead of eating 4-6 smallish meals/snacks throughout the day, I had to eat three BIG meals. Plus, with that kind of learning, it’s real hard to be motivated to do anything when I got back to my room. I’d like to say that I worked out, wrote, and saw Ann Arbor, but I would be lying. I did manage to get through the 5th season of Dexter… so there is that.
I think I just need to stop kidding myself about being “productive” on trips like this one. I had grand intentions to GET SHIT DONE. But then, Netflix Happens.