Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lazy Sunday, but not really

So, Friday was interesting. It started off really well at lab. The grad student I work with started me off counting cells, pipetting some media, pipetting some cells - you know, the usual. In the pas I've made small mistakes, like pipetting 4.8 ml instead of 5.0 ml, and I get especially nervous when he stands behind to watch me. But anyway, he showed me how to pipet some media into a floor chamber. He also admitted that he was never able to do it well since he always made bubbles. He also mentioned that since it was "hard" and "tricky", he'd just show me and I'd just watch. He made bubbles every single time.

Then, I jumped in and said ,"Can I try?"

"Sure!", he said.

I sat down and tried it. And, I made no bubbles!!

Damn right. He even asked me to show him how I did it and I taught him my special tricks. So, that made my day.

Sometimes, I feel like he thinks I'm a girl or I'm inexperienced and I can't handle the "tricky" stuff, but I can. Or at least, I can try first and SEE whether I can or cannot. The other day I had asked him if I could help him with the lentivirus transduction/transferring of DNA, and he didn't show me. But, this same day, he let me pipet the virus! Anyway, I was a happy camper.

Then, after lab, I went back home and I was exhausted. I think I caught some diluted version of a cold. I ate, took super long nap, and woke up to the sound of my phone vibrating. It was Stephan, my HS friend. He wanted to see if I could hang out and have dinner with him and his gf. I figured I'd go, since it's been a long week and I need some time off from studying. So, I showered and then wore my Fifi Lapin shirt with some jeans. We had tons of fun. There were some awkward moments, like when my friend mentioned he hated his job and maybe 20 years down the road, he'd want to kill himself. There was awkward silence during that conversation. His gf didn't say anything, I didn't say anything. He was joking, but he was serious enough to doubt whether he was joking. It was the weirdest part of the night. There was another weird-ish part of the night where they talked about smoking weed. It's legal here, and I'm all for not telling people what to do when it comes to weed (we're all adults), but they sort of made fun of another guy who felt a little sick after doing some weed with them. Then, they half-jokingly encouraged me to try it with them. I went ahead and admitted I was a little proud of having never tried it, even though it sounded stupid and petty. But, it's true. After that, they left it alone. And quite frankly, I'm proud of myself for handling that well. I used to be afraid that I'd sound like a jerk, so I wouldn't say anything and I'd just stay quiet or just nod. But, I'm glad to now set some boundaries and let people know my opinions without being afraid they'll think I'm a jerk. If I can respect their opinions I certainly hope they can try and respect mine. If they don't, then that's that. Anyway, after chilling with them I came back home early at 11 pm and slept like a baby.

Yesterday, I studied some, but I also felt really lazy. I also felt really fat after eating ice-cream and pizza.

And, today, I will start studying. I just took a semi cold shower, so that should help me get started.

It's getting really hot here. I love the sun, I love this city, but I don't have AC here, so...*melt*

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


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