Is there anything more horrible than writing applications for grants? It leaves a taste in the mouth like nasty medicine. It's my understanding that writing grant applications makes up a substantial part of life as an academic these days; just one of many reasons why I don't think I could bear to make academia my career.
Here's a palate-cleansing picture, the sweetest and most innocent symbol of childhood Christmas to me:
A spoonful of honey to make the medicine go down.
(From the 1949 Rupert Christmas album)