October 03, 2013

Another day, another to–do list…....

The past week or so has been a very busy one for me, so it seems like a lifetime since my last blog, despite it being only 9 days ago! Hence, I feel it only appropriate to ramble on about what I have been up to!

Last Wednesday was a manic day in the lab, trying to finish testing my sequencing protocol before I spent the rest of my week attending a conference! The tasks I had planned seemed time-consuming but simple enough, although my patience and sanity were tested when I managed to prepare all my samples and then run them all on the wrong program so I had to do them all again argh!

Last Thursday and Friday were spent at Warwick Medical School's Division of Microbiology and Infection Inaugral symposium. It was great to learn more about the research of the newly established group and the lunch wasn't too bad either! The symposium is storified, so you can have a look for yourself at what went on at:

http://bit.ly/17vRMUI

I then whizzed off to Ireland for the weekend to celebrate my nephews christening with my family (where a hair disaster was averted after all the curls decided to fall out of my new hairdo and had to be re-curled at the last minute!)

Monday was a bang back down to Earth, with a catch-up on e-mails and an update of the now every growing to-to list!

This was followed by helping groups of undergraduates take water samples from the River Dene near Wellsbourne on Tuesday. I never knew that standing in a shallow river in a pair of wellies could be such fun!

Wednesday was filled with a writing course at Stoneleigh Park. This reminded me of the importance of communicating science and the key things to think about when doing so- mainly who you are writing for and what they want to know!

So now it's Thursday, and I am finally back in the office catching up. I have lab work to plan, meetings to make notes for, questions to ask, chemicals to order and more helping undergraduates! Better get a move on then.........


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