things lately. navy lace and purple gingham and lavender belt. also, eicosanoids. i am so tired. so tired.
litany of complaints:
PURPLE PANTS CLUB, YOU GUYS
also, high fructose corn syrup is the breakfast of champions. just kidding, fructose as a substrate for glycolysis bypasses regulation by phosphofructokinase as it is converted to either fructose-1-phosphate, dihydroxyacetone, or glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate (depending on where it is and what enzymes are available!).
but whatever, candy is delicious. time to go to the lab.
STAYING UP ALL NIGHT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO LOOK LIKE YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT.
never not scowling at my biochem notes. final at 10am. it is nearing 3am. what is my life.
the winter of our discontent. proteins. nucleic acids. carbohydrates. fuck.
i’m not dead, just overwhelmed.
i’m writing a poster abstract, and it’s killing my long-winded soul, man. a poster is a brief description of research! so i’m writing a brief description of a brief description. bullshit
i have a lab schedule for the fall. all of the research. all of the labs! my first three labs for this biochem lab are: analysis of optical absorbance data, absorbance of pNPP, and pH dependence of pNPP absorbance. i have four intense chemistry labs, a ton of research, lectures… and calculus.
i’m preemptively terrified.
aqueous extraction was a shit show, man
woo, it’s thursday night in a college town!! i like to party, you guys. this is totally what i do for fun. besides eat pizza lunchables.
oh hey, it’s my lab! no one uses that board behind me, so i think that bromo-triflate has been on there for weeks. because why clean something unless you need it, right? does anyone else do that? i only wash pressure tubes right before i put something in them, lol. lazy forever.
anyway, my meeting with the department chair was okay! i know i said this was a summer research fellowship, but i’m going to stay for the fall! that is sort of terrifying. also, he said this to me: “spring semester is going to be horrific for you.” so, uh, that was comforting. haha. but he did also say that anyone who gets an A in both semesters of organic chemistry will be fine in any upper-division courses. downside, my schedule is only upper division science classes. wooo.
if you think i look grumpy now, just wait til biochem… :(
i’m at work! hooray. this was before i actually started working, so calm yourselves. i promise i’m now in a wildly unflattering labcoat and all my hair is up! as always, rainy days = khaki chinos and purcells.
anyway, microbiology is insane, but i will sort of miss this lab a lot. it’s my last week here! i’ll miss you, Halobacterium salinarium! *tears*
red pants, blue shirt, sperrys. if you only buy solid colors, you can get dressed in the dark and still look like a reasonably normal human being!
anyway, pro tip: don’t drink iced coffee all morning while studying for a physics final. it’s a three hour test and you can’t leave, not even to go to the bathroom! plan ahead, you guys. but i got a 97! wah. i miss that class already. weird? weird.
i have less than three weeks until my NSF summer research fellowship.
theoretical materials chemistry.
rainy, stressful days always involve khaki chinos and purcells. whatever.
i have a physics exam today! 18% of my grade! jesus. and the final is on monday! ugh. i think this week was my last physics lecture, ever. i mean, unless i take modern physics in the fall. or classical mechanics. neither of which are required. nor do i need any electives. i just really like physics a lot? and if i took both those classes and another physics class (thermodynamics!), i’d have a minor in physics. why? why the fuck not?
ALSO! in news that is interesting to none of my followers (except krista, who is the bee’s knees)… my Halobacterium subculture worked!! i found a publication called The Halohandbook: Protocols for Haloarchaeal Genetics. apparently upping the temperature and making my own media (instead of using HBA) is best. hopefully transfer to liquid media is as successful.
/long, winded post
//time to study!!