I had the following exchange with my boss yesterday:
"Doctor X wants to nominate you for postdoc of the year", he said.
(Cheering from the other postdoc in the office)
"Really?" I ask.
"I think it's ridiculous. I mean really... You have no publications... None, zip! You got that grant, but so what? Now if you have a couple of papers maybe, but I think you'd be just setting yourself up to bomb out of postdoc of the year." He said.
"Okay", I mumble.
After the boss walked out of the office there was a short silence before the other postdoc apologized for his premature excitement.
"Well", I said, "At least I have a boss who keeps me well grounded!"
In other news: I have been working with a Science Outreach program at my University. Basically, it's designed to get school children interested in science and to show them that science can be fun! I love it, and it's what I'm aiming to do after my postdoc. The Monday after next I will be leading the class in a chemistry lab, which will be a lot of fun. I found out yesterday that a local station will be filming the day for a news article! It's all very exciting!!
It's a good thing I have people around to keep me grounded, or it might all go to my head! :-)