Yesterday, I made an extravagant purchase for J’s birthday, which is this Saturday. I spent $75 on a cake! It is not just any cake, of course, but a blackout cake, which is quite famous to people from Brooklyn and also increasingly difficult to come by. 2/3 of the cost is for overnight shipping. J loves blackout cake and probably hasn’t had any in 30 years, so this will be a big surprise. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will arrive in good shape!
I got an unexpected e-mail related to my previous employment yesterday. I once was involved in the administration of a big, nationwide clinical trial of the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin for the treatment of osteoarthritis. This was considered the gold standard of trials, and the results showed no real benefits. Apparently, a doctor who has made his name touting the benefits of these supplements (and who sells his own brand of them on his website), is suing my former bosses over the results of the study, and the attorneys want to talk to me. I’m sure I’m expected to provide information that will aid in the defense, but the fact is that I’ve always had my own doubts about the validity of the study results. Working for those people did not end pleasantly for me, so it’s kind of strange to be revisiting that period.
Still feeling under the weather today, so it will be a day to keep my head down and plow through. I’m hoping to have some quiet time at the office when I can immerse myself in spreadsheet creation.
meditate Happy Dog Time! exercise journal
FY 17 earnings to income op indicators – July make sure Angela’s payroll is set up correctly
EOR – July
start R21 in Cayuse
Citi training (due 9/21/16)
clinical trials invoicing
pbg & budget for Suven
DSS for new PAMS
Amendment to OSP
read NIH Welcome Wagon Letter
close out 09857
look into Foundation Directory Online
Research P01 grants
hike with dogs