“Time will pass, will you?”
In an effort to get myself out of the mental valley I’m currently in, I decided to write a little. It seemed like the better option when compared to 1) staring at the ink marks on my pinky from writing with a pen that exploded or 2) staring at the blisters I got from sticking my hand in the -80C freezer repeatedly without a second barrier.
Frankly, the last couple of months are sorta blurred in my memory. Without going into too much detail, it’s been rough two months for a lot of people around here. There have been times where I literally couldn’t do anything (as opposed to feeling like not doing anything) because I couldn’t focus. For example, doing cell culture at most takes me a couple hours normally, but in the time frame I’m talking about it was taking me twice as long because I would just catch myself just staring into oblivion.
I do remember one day in August where I went to my advisor in the early afternoon asking to be excused for the rest of the day because I couldn’t focus anymore. On any normal day that explanation warrants a, “Quit being lazy and get back to work!” response. But instead I got a, “take care of yourself” and was allowed to go home. So yeah…it was that bad.
Course not being 100% hasn’t gone without any consequences. My work is backed up about two months which strongly correlates with the two months of semi-in-capacitance. I would say r^2 = 0.79 (close, but not quite directly correlated).
Do you ever have that feeling where you know you have so much to do that you’re struggling just getting started? That’s me right now.
Another thing I’ve learned being in grad school is the work distribution can rapidly fluctuate. There are days where I’m so busy that I just crash when I get home and then there are days where I sit at my desk and day dream about being home. lol. I try to be the most efficient with my time at work by planning. However, something will always come up. But you gotta at least try to plan ahead.
Otherwise, things are pretty chill here. That and the weather is cooler here too. hehehe I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself with the lame joke. I read the extended forecast and saw snow in it. Frankly, I was like “NOOOOOOOO! Not yet! Stay away.” I mean I’m still recovering from last winter which was unusually brutal (according to the natives here).
Below is a picture of me on top of Mt. Spokane (the last hike of summer). Unfortunately, the state of Washington was on fire at the time so you really can’t see much of the scenery (but I did find Huckleberries.) 😀 So I did do something these last few months productive even if it may not feel like it.
Speaking of productivity, I know I really should be doing other things besides this right now, so I’ll leave ya here. I’ll write a little more next post….when I’m in San Diego again!