Monday, March 28, 2011

A Happy Tune

I am really liking this song right now.  The beat always make me feel happy!  Even after a long Monday. With my increasingly busy and stressful days I need all the happy I can get!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

F*ck Cancer

In my mind this statement can be interpreted 2 ways.
As in 1) YES!  I am working toward a cure, so take that you vicious disease!
2) I'm soooo over this!  Who needs a PhD?

Most of the time I lean more toward the first interpretation.  Unfortunately, lately, and especially this week, I'm really feeling the second.   However, no matter how terrible my day I find myself chuckling every time I see this hat.  I mean, its just ridiculous.

So the story behind the hat.  Our main lab tech is in a band.  Every Thursday they have a gig at the same bar and as a result have some regular followers.  Well one of these fans brought a new friend with them a couple weeks ago.  After the gig he was talking to our tech who said his day job was working in a cancer research lab.  This guy said he made hats.  So the next week rolls around and after the gig, this hat making guy comes up to our tech and says 'Hey I made something special for you', and hands him this hat.  Our tech was perfectly nice about it and accepted it, but the next day in lab we all got a huge kick out of it.  I mean really?  Who would actually wear that??  So funny.  So ridiculous.  And just one more little thing keeping me sane right now.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Happy List

So I feel as though this morning I need to make a little list of things that make me happy.  Mostly because yesterday was such a long, stressful, frustrating day that I am not going to vent about because I feel it would be bad for my health.  So instead, this morning, before I go off and try to conquer my mountain of work, I am going to write a happy list.

1. Warmer weather and spring (the trees are blooming!!)

2.  Skype dates with my little sister.  We recently talked about the 1 mile kids race she just completed, in her wheelchair!!  Such a rock star!

3.  Making new friends!!
4.  And on that note, finding fun new places to hang out.  Check out this awesome vintage decor at the Mollie Fontaine Lounge.

5.  Phone dates with old friends you haven't seen in forever (and by forever I mean like almost 2 years!!)
 Miss you Ghetto Fab!

6.  And coffee.  Without it, I would never make it out of bed.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Boss for 3 Days

So my PI is out of town this week at a conference.  Which of course means that everyday I get random texts, emails and phone calls with questions about have we done this experiment or we need to do this experiment or I just went skiing and it was awesome (gee, thanks for rubbing that one in).  And I know when she comes in on Monday she will have a 10 page list to add to the ungodly length list we already have of experiments to get done.  But that is all beside the point of this post.  The point is she is gone.  Which normally puts Luciana, our post-doc in charge.  However, Luciana left yesterday to go home to Argentina for a nice little 3 week visit.  And in my lab the heirarchy follows such that I am next in charge.  Making me the boss for three days.  I barely have time to be the boss of my own experiments, let alone manage 2 lab techs and 2 undergrads, who lets just say, all need an extreme amount of managing.
For example, thank you undergrad number 1 for texting me at midnight last night (MIDNIGHT) asking me if I was awake and could I read over your paper. 
Or lab tech number 1 who sits and stares at the computer all day unless I specifically go up and give them something to do.  A little initiative would be nice.
However, gotta love the encouragement from the boss.  Such as last nights (extremely long) email that ended in "Thanks for holding down the fort.  You are in charge, whip everyone into shape."
Anyway, I've managed to make it through almost 2 days.  And tomorrow is Friday.  Thank goodness!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Laughing Baby

I totally stole this off someones Facebook post today, but I couldn't help it.  So funny and so cute!

Happy Friday everyone!