The upside: The paper to the national conference at swanky, elite school in the UK was accepted! I have never been to the city or seen the school, and I'm very excited. I feel wanted and affirmed.
The downside: My trip to the conference might impact winter break plans in a bummery way.
Another upside: I think I might get some funding to help with costs!
Another downside: Between attending the conference and visiting my PhD supervisor at my PhD institution, I will be away for two weeks. This will be hard on hubby, the kids, and (most of all?) me. I've never been gone that long before.
One more downside: I need to write the paper, and I'm nervous as a caterpillar in a chickencoop about presenting to these people!
A big upside: My mom is going to come with me for the first half of the trip! She'll travel with me to conference city and then we'll celebrate her b-day in London! Yay!
My husband has been quite supportive of this whole plan, which is especially amazing considering the potential impact on the family and the holidays. Impressive, no?
All around, it's good news.