After nearly 5 years of fumbling, my tenure packet is in. Preparing the dossier itself was an absurd exercise in email searching, document drag-and-dropping, and Adobe Acrobat wrestling. But I admit it's nice to see the last five years all in one place - physical evidence that I didn't completely squander my startup money and fade from existence.
Am I confident about the outcome? Not particularly - how could I be, without a big grant? Nonetheless, I don't think anyone could read my dossier and say that I didn't do all I could. In 5 years, I've submitted at least one proposal to NIH every cycle but two. I've received one R21 and one small foundation grant. I've published 6 senior-author research papers in journals of JIF 3-10, 3 review papers, and edited a book. I've given over 2 dozen invited talks. The undergrads like me.
So now...we wait. But "waiting" isn't really the right word, is it? In reality, it's back to business as usual. Keeping the science churning in the lab, getting grants out, and trying to keep sane as the house renovations slowly progress.
I would like a vacation, but I guess it'll have to wait for sabbatical.