I spent most of the summer working in lab doing this:
Well, sort of. For the science-minded, I was trying to make a knockout bacteria. The bacteria didn’t want to cooperate until literally the last day I was supposed to work–I went into lab a couple hours before I had to leave for the airport and to discover that indeed, the appropriate colonies were growing on my plates. Moral of the story: real science is never as neat and tidy as you think it should be.
Since then I’ve been home in Seattle. Is there any doubt that my city is better than yours? (The answer is no.)
I’m thankful that my boss gave me an extra week off: it gave me time to go boating (doing absolutely nothing for four entire days is actually kind of a beautiful thing) and to have some extra buffer time at the end of summer before school starts. In theory, the extra time was supposed to help reduce stress. We’ll see about that.
Here is a current list of things that I find stressful (this is more for my benefit than for yours):
- Buying textbooks: so. freaking. expensive.
- My car: I need to do a lot of (hopefully) routine maintenance.
- My foot: I had a surprisingly decent race on Saturday, but now I’m moderately concerned I have somehow got a stress fracture while I was cooling down.
- MCAT/GRE/the future: I probably should pay more attention…
- Work: There’s way too much to do. I also haven’t quite adjusted to the idea of going off work/study next semester.
- School starting/leaving Seattle: typical.
Whenever I come back home, it makes me homesick for Seattle even while I’m still here. And stressed out about leaving. I like mountains and hills and a temperate climate and trees and runner/cyclist friendly roads and yes even the rain. I don’t miss a lot of people here, but the people I do miss I miss a lot. In a way, I suppose those relationships are more special now that I’m gone, since I have to work actively to maintain them, but that’s not particularly comforting right now. I love the people at my church at school, but I love my church here even more because it changed my life.
One of those friends just wrote me an email that said, “Remember God is right there with you…going before you, standing beside you, speaking within you and holding you up when you need to collapse in Him.” How prescient that is.