Friday 29/05/2015

Out late but don’t worry a full #dailyphd update for Friday is coming tomorrow morning 🙂

Update: Here is Friday’s actual post …

I got my normal train but I went to the gym this morning, I arrived there just after 8am, and worked out until about 9am, by the time I’d had a shower etc it was about 9:30am when I arrived at my office. This didn’t leave me a lot of time to really start anything before heading off for a training session at 10am. Just before I left for training my supervisor popped up with a request, we have a visiting PhD student with us for 4months and she needed to sort out her registration, she tried with the help of someone else yesterday but there was a problem, could I please go and see it I could sort it out. No problem (I’m quite used to dealing with his admin issues, he’s not a fan of bureaucracy) but it’ll have to wait until after my training finishes.

10am-12pm I went off for my training – it was on speaking to a non-specialist audience in preparation for the upcoming University of Leicester festival of PhD research where I’m presenting a poster. The session was really helpful, we watched and analysed some TED talks and learnt the best ways to try to clearly communicate different topics. Top of the list is avoiding jargon! I was really lucky that I got paired to work with a student from a humanities background, this meant we could both really practice explaining our work outwith the jargon, when you’re in the PhD bubble and only talking to those in a similar field it can be really easy to not even notice the language that you use.

By 12pm I was back in the office and collecting our new student, after a trip to the student registry, a detour to the finance office and one last final appearance at the registry we managed to get everything sorted (I find it can be very difficult to get different admin departments to talk to each other!) so overall I’ve done a lot this morning but it’s now 12:45pm and I’ve not set foot in the lab …

Between 12:45pm and 2pm I managed to fit in some lunch (away from the desk) and sorted out some bacterial plates in the incubator (yesterday some strains arrived for me from another lab and I needed to get them in the freezer before the weekend). At 2pm it was time for our team meeting so it was off to the bosses office, we finished about 5pm and my to do list got bigger, although mostly with small bioinformatics based jobs rather than big lab ones so that doesn’t feel too overwhelming.

These are some Dutch-style theses, aren't they lovely! While a traditional thesis can look impressive I think these look much more accessible, my Master's student actually thought they were textbooks at first. The thesis has been on my mind quite a lot recently but we were looking at these as my supervisor just received one that he'll be assessing soon.
These are some Dutch-style theses, aren’t they lovely! While a traditional thesis can look impressive I think these look much more accessible, my Master’s student actually thought they were textbooks at first. The thesis has been on my mind quite a lot recently but we were looking at these as my supervisor just received one that he’ll be assessing soon.

5pm-6:30pm I just got on with some general things, in the lab and at my desk – I also started planning what I need to do next week (makes Monday morning much easier I find) and over the weekend. Just after 6:30pm my boyfriend met me at work and we went off to get some dinner in town before going to watch the Avengers, we love a good superhero film 🙂 .

Amazing pizza for dinner, my boyfriend pretends he wasn't jealous but my pizza was clearly better than his :)
Amazing pizza for dinner, my boyfriend pretends he wasn’t jealous but my pizza was clearly better than his 🙂

By the time the film finished it was about 11:30pm but I’d already decided earlier in the day to make the most of the fact I’d be near work later in the day – I have quite a few experiments I run that involve growing bacteria for 11 or 12hrs, so rather than hang around on evenings I don’t need to I take advantage of evenings I’ll be here for other things and pop back to the lab to inoculate cultures. I ended up being here just before 12 (I got all my media ready earlier) and popped my bugs in to grow at about midnight. When I write it down it sounds a bit crazy really that I was here at midnight but it was just a sensible way to fit an experiment in. I’ll be here in the morning for pilates anyway so it’s kind of perfect really.

Late night lab trip ... the things we do for our PhD's!
Late night lab trip … the things we do for our PhD’s!

There won’t be individual posts for Saturday and Sunday (I don’t want to bore you guys senseless!) instead I’ll roll them into one – so look out for that on Sunday evening or Monday morning. I have a lovely Saturday afternoon planned with a friend who’s coming to visit so I’m looking forward to a good weekend. Once again thank you for reading and have a great weekend everyone :).

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