For the last few months (ok, for the last nine months) I've been ever so slowly writing a paper. It's on some chemistry I worked on in 2003-4. I started it around the time I had knee surgery, exactly nine months ago tomorrow. I was too drugged after surgery to do much on it, and since then I've been working on it in an on again, mostly off-again fashion. After T broke up with me, I made some more headway on it. When the reorg was first announced, the last thing I wanted to do was spend my spare time doing something for my company. My boss' boss kept pestering me to finish it, so eventually I figured that (a) that was a good sign about us getting bought (b) if I stayed it would help keep me in his good graces (c) I might need it for my resume and (d) I no longer felt guilty about working on it during business hours. So I wrote and I wrote and I procrastinated and then I wrote some more. I spent way too many weekend hours working on it, but the truth is that it partially kept me from moping about T so it did serve a purpose.
It's done. It's a big behemoth of a paper, even though I left out a lot of stuff and just referenced our patents. It's comparable in length to two chapters of my thesis. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. My coworkers are supposed to review it by Friday and then it gets sent out to the legal department and also to the legal department of the company that paid for the work. At that point I expect nothing to happen for a while, but at least it's out of my hair.
Meanwhile, we're winding down with our current program. We have our last phone conference tomorrow, so everyone's just got odds and ends to tidy up. The weekly update meeting about the status of the negotiations is also tomorrow afternoon.
I still haven't started Christmas shopping, although I have started baking.