I don't have enough wherewithal to give you an actual post. So, I've decided to just give you snippets of things I'm thinking about.
- I'm finally feeling better! I no longer snot all over the lab. CurrentLabMate (formerly known as FormerRoommate, unfortunately I'm just not that creative today) is appreciative that I've stopped doing that. I'm slightly behind in lab, as I took people's advice and went home early on Thursday and Friday. Also, I didn't work (much) this past weekend. That last bit is probably why I feel so much better now.
- Undergrads today just have no idea how to get information (yes, I know. I, also, yell at kids to get off my lawn). I'm TAing UndergradBiochem (I use the term TA loosely. Mostly I just hold office hours and proctor exams) and I have had several emails asking me about how Gibb's Free Energy and Allosteric Inhibitors work. Seriously people, look it up in your textbook. I don't have some magical new answer for you. Trust me, Gibb's hasn't changed since I was in your shoes and there's always the same equation. Even if you don't own the textbook (sigh, it's a book, it's required, and you'll need it in med school), there's always Google.
- Another random complaint about the undergrads. Please don't ask, "Is this going to be on the exam?" Because (1) it's annoying and (2) I don't write the exam. I've told you this multiple times. The person to ask would be the actual professor.
- I've learned to multi-task(ish). Previously, I've had this experiment that I'd like to do, but it takes many hours over many days. My first thought was to put it off until I could block out a period of time. It dawned on me (recently) that it'd make much more sense to just cram it into my days and deal. That's what I've been doing for the past month and, wonders of wonders, I've made really good progress. It's not done, but I've gotten through some of the trickier parts. So, I'm fairly pleased about that.
- Dr. Man and I have actually started scheduling time to spend together. I know, it's really lame. And I feel very lame. But between his residency and my lab work, it was getting to the point to where we only saw each other when we were burnt out husks of people. So, now we've got one night a week where we both leave at a decent time, go home, have dinner, talk, and watch a movie. So far, it's gone pretty well. Eventually, we may not even have to schedule time to be together. Wouldn't that be nice?