So I've learned some fun things this week.
1) Never trust things from another lab. ALWAYS verify that it's what you expect it to be. They both lie, and have no idea what they're talking about.
2) Campus is so much better when there are no students. The traffic lights change faster, there are no crowds to weave through, no lines for coffee, no undergrads using the culture hoods when you need them, and not as many people at trivia, meaning we place in rounds some times.
3) My cousin and her husband are awesome, and really fun. Went out for dinner with them and my great aunt, then watched olympics with them (not the hockey, though, because I was afraid of seeing Canada loose to the US).
4)I really need to plan my time better.
In an effort to make better use of my time, here's what the next few weeks will look like:
A) I'm starting a jogging program. Four days a week, which gets me my four workouts for the fitness challenge I'm doing with my friend. I can run 5 minutes straight right now, which is pitiful, and I'm hoping at the end of 6 weeks I'll be able to go for 30 minutes straight.
B) Working from 8:30 - 4:30, so that I'm not stuck in the lab until 7:30pm. I'm going to focus on confocal microscopy until I have the issues from the other labs supplies sorted out. On the plus side, both seem to finally be working. Changed the conditions and saw a single band on my western blot, meaning I've probably found SUMO, and hydrogen peroxide is affecting my protein's distribution in cells :)
C) Working on the game themega5 and I are running for Gryphcon this year, and making the costumes for the LARP. Spent 50$ on fabric, and have the paterns to make formal Chinese Han robes.
D) Writing a chapter a day. I've got a lot of things to write up now. I still need to finish my Merlin drabble series. I've also claimed two movies for reel_torchwood: Willow and Fifth Element. I'm writing the Willow one right now, and it's actually turning out better than I hoped. Going to do Fifth Element next, then finish the drabble series. Once that's done, I'll likely work in earnest on the Torchwood epic I've got in my head. Looks like it's going to be three or four parts. Then back to the AU Merlin series I started over Christmas.
I'm also giving up stuff (belatedly) for Lent, because I forgot it had started. Giving up pop, alcohol, and baked goods. Means no more of my mom's delicious breakfast foods when I go home, but it's likely worth it.
I've bought a bottle of Reisling to enjoy once Lent is over.