I arrived at my desk this morning and it was straight to the lab, I had PCR reagents out to defrost by 8:08am. I set those plates up at 8pm last night so today I needed to get a move on to keep those as close to 12 hours as I could. They were all set up and running by 8:40am so I counted the repeats plates from yesterday and immediately wrote everything into my lab book (got to keep on top of it after yesterday’s mammoth writing up session!).
9:15-9:35am was inbox checking time, I dealt with any quick requests and sorted a few bits out. At 9:35am I got an email confirmation that I could leave samples for analysis today so I went back into the lab to finish prepping those. In my morning email check I’d answered a request from the boss, he was having a problem with some files I sent, so after my plate was happily waiting in the freezer for collection, I toddled off to his office to see what the problem was. It wasn’t a huge thing so it was easy to fix :).
I came back to my computer and that’s when I discovered the Tim Hunt story and couldn’t do anymore work as I was crying and busy falling in love with every man in the vicinity …
But enough of that for now, well not really, I got lost in the Tim Hunt thing for a little while on Twitter as I was just beyond astounded that anyone today could think that way.
Ok 10:30am and it’s time to get back on track, I decided to start something I’ve been putting off for way too long. Next month I’m presenting at the University of Leicester’s Festival of Post-Graduate Research and I need to make a poster for a non-specialist audience on my research. This is a totally different experience from other posters. I’d put it off because I can’t use many graphs and any images I use have to be my own or from copy-right friendly sources, this makes searching for what I need more difficult. The poster needs to be ready by Monday so I really couldn’t put it off any longer. I spent about 3hrs working on sourcing images and a general poster layout which I now think I’ve got down.
I had lunch at 1:30pm (away from the desk), and then at 2pm it was time for some more Post-Grad seminars. There were ALOT. Seminars ran until just before 4:30pm – although we did get a 15min break in the middle, but this essentially took up my whole afternoon. Between 4:30-5pm I worked on the poster some more and then it was time to go to Pilates.
After a relaxing 60min Pilates class I popped back to the lab as the class finishes at an awkward time for the train (I was back at my desk for about 30mins). I worked on the poster some more – and it’s still not done, so much faffing about with images! Tomorrow I WILL finish it, I’m applying the “it only takes as long as you let it” approach to this one. If I give myself until Monday it will take until Monday, if I decide it has to be finished tomorrow than it will be finished tomorrow.
I was home by just after 7:30pm, my train was a little delayed but I came home to the amazing surprise of my boyfriend cooking dinner! Unexpected and very appreciated. In return I did the dishes, fair is fair. I used to time he was cooking to catch up on Twitter and found a great article on the Tim Hunt saga by one of my undergraduate lecturers Dr Ruth Massey from the University of Bath. I know she won’t remember me but I remember her as, not only was she a great lecturer in my final year but, she was also the second marker on my final year project (dissertation) all the way back in 2011 😛 .
So that’s it for today, a fairly productive day and I have some more results to analyse tomorrow (as well as a poster to finish!). As always, thank you for reading 🙂