My R01 proposal (what used to be called a “competing continuation”, but is now just a “renewal”) is gone. It is the best I could make it, but as is true of papers, it was just abandoned to submission. Right now, I hate the sucker. (although still am really excited about the project).
When I was younger, and more foolish, as well as more hopeful, I used to major celebrate the submission of a new proposal. I remember after one memorable marathon writing session in the days of paper submission,when it was done and gone, going out with a collaborator, who had come from Canada, to the locally famous, locally churned ice cream place and having enormous hot fudge sundaes for dinner.
My celebration tonight may be a bottle of this that I have been saving: