Friday 22/05/2015

Overall mood from the day: Productive even if I did try to accidentally sabotage myself.

At 7:30am I got the train but didn’t head straight to the lab, instead I went to the gym. I was there by 8am and did a solid 6km on the treadmill 🙂 feeling very positive about this start to the day. I arrived at my desk by 9:20am and headed straight to the lab, I only stopped to switch on my computer. I got out the 60 samples for processing today so they could defrost while I went to print off a copy of my protocol specific to these samples (lots of tweaks depending on the type of sample). By 10:30am my samples were incubating (prepping 60 takes a lot longer than 30, especially labeling the tubes, I hate labeling tubes but I know if I do it well I’ll thank myself somewhere down the line).

I had planned to use the 1 hr incubation wisely but I did get a little lost in twitter, I tweeted out the blog again as well as my post on my other blog for the University of Leicester which you can find here. I was quite excited to announce that I’m a finalist in the SGM Young Microbiologist of the Year Award, and I was lucky enough to get some really positive feedback. While on Twitter I also saw that the Brilliant Club (an amazing organisation that I work for as a PhD tutor) are recruiting a new programme officer for the Midlands. I’m a little gutted as I would love to work for them but I’ve still got about 1.5 years of PhD to go! I’ve been assured they could well be recruiting again next year so I’m feeling slightly relieved now.

11:30am timer’s beeping, samples are ready (I’ve lost an hour …) but I think it’s important to celebrate our achievements so I don’t feel that guilty about it! Now time for a solid few hours in the lab until lunch.

1:30pm – Lunch time 🙂 I’ve broke free from the lab to eat. As much as possible my colleagues & I try to get out of the office for lunch, we’re mostly successful.

2-4:30pm Didn’t leave the lab – samples all processed by 4pm but I dropped a box containing 100 of them on the floor … devastated! Luckily all their lids were closed and I found them all with the help of my lovely Master’s student. I did have to crawl around on the floor for a few minutes looking like a mouse, but it was worth it! I then carried on sitting on the floor (which raised a few eyebrows) until I’d put them all back in the box in the right order, a quick centrifuge later and all my samples were rescued.

1 green box sitting on the bench, 1 green box sitting on the bench, and if one green box should accidentally fall there'll be 100 little tubes scattered on the floor (to the tune of 10 green bottles)
1 green box sitting on the bench, 1 green box sitting on the bench, and if one green box should accidentally fall there’ll be 100 little tubes scattered on the floor (to the tune of 10 green bottles)
Recovered! All 120 samples :)
Recovered! All 120 samples 🙂

This morning I tried to arrange a little after work socialising (£7 jugs of Pimms were on offer at a campus bar) but I realised by 4pm there was no way I’d be finished by 4:30pm when the offer finished 😦 (especially after the sitting on the floor gathering up my samples incident). So after abandoning any hope of going to the bar I spent 4:30-5:30pm setting up the PCR’s from those 120 samples to run overnight and finishing my lab duty jobs. That leaves me half an hour to update the blog before I leave to get my usual train.

Once my PCRs were set up all that work was whittled down to these two 96 well plates.
Once my PCRs were set up all that work was whittled down to these two 96 well plates.

6:30pm home 🙂 . I really wasn’t in the mood to cook and I forgot to defrost any chicken for my boyfriend to eat so we decided on a Friday trip to our local fish & chip shop (-fish for me). Food wise not the healthiest option but I think the occasional treat is allowed. My boyfriend surprised me with a lovely bunch of flowers from our local florist today which was such a perfect end to a busy week.

My beautiful flowers :) he does treat me well
My beautiful flowers 🙂 he does treat me well

I’ve spent the rest of the evening pottering around the house, tidying up a little and looking after all my plants that are ready to go out into the garden (as soon as I find some time to do that), folding clean laundry, just all the general housey type things that needed catching up on. Generally feeling on top of things which I think is a great way to end the working week.

Kind of have a greenhouse at the end of my kitchen right now - plants will be going out into the garden ASAP
Kind of have a greenhouse at the end of my kitchen right now – plants will be going out into the garden ASAP

So that’s Friday for you, spoiler alert for tomorrow’s post: I will be popping to the lab but I also have plenty of other things planned so pop back to see what I’ve been up to and once again a huge thank you for reading 🙂

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