In keeping with the ICECReam’s brief to ‘support and enhance all aspects of the early career research experience’ we’ve secured the services of Bec. While not directly engaged in research herself, Bec knows lots of researchers and is sympathetic to our situation. Bec’s our link to the world outside of peer-reviewers, grant applications and statistically significant difference; she’s here not to judge but to help us all be more like normal people who live in the normal world. So for your education and enjoyment here’s the third installment of Bec’s in the City.
The day of love is fast approaching and cupids everywhere are sharpening their arrows. Here a few do’s and do not’s for the big day otherwise known as Valentine’s day!
• Do plan ahead.
Restaurants, pubs, quiet patches of grass in your local park will be packed with loved up couples showing their affection for one another. Take a moment… now… to think what you will do, where you will do it and get onto booking that table for 2 now. Just like writing a study protocol, good preparation is key.
• Don’t over-do it
I would suggest applying the “less is more” principle as nothing screams insecure more than an embarrassing display of dozens of roses on her desk at work. Think outside the square, be creative and do something unique, this will be sure to guarantee you extra brownie points!
• Do embrace the day
If you’re single you may be dreading the 14th of February. Instead make a date with your best girlfriends, a night with the girls is always fun! As for the single guys you might want to just stay in and play with your X-Box or watch re-runs of The Big Bang Theory.
• Don’t contact your ex
Resist the urge to call, email, facebook, instant-message or text your ex. No good can come of this…
• Do buy sexy lingerie
Never underestimate the power of sexy lingerie. Some of the cutest pieces come out before Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single or coupled up treat yourself to something nice.
• Don’t wear hearts
Unless its underwear, steer clear of Valentine’s Day themed clothing. Holiday apparel = tacky!
• Do sieze the moment and be spontaneous..
Guys and girls alike love surprises… if it is directed at your long time lover or a workplace crush seize the moment and make their day. This does not extend to any type of swooping, stalking or serenading; rather take your special someone out for coffee or show up unexpectedly for lunch.
• Don’t attempt to wow your date
For example, by recapping the ancestry of Valentine’s day or how the day is celebrated in various countries of the world… this may work in ways you don’t expect and probably won’t make you appear as a knowledgeable and worldly catch.
Finally, presentation is everything. Put in the same effort you would before a conference presentation. Think ahead… freshly laundered socks, jocks, shirt, skirt is all noted and expected, wash your hair and use deodorant. If you still have any doubts please revisit my previous post on what to do on the first date.
Good luck and have fun
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