Conscious that I have not blogged much in the last couple of weeks, I was thinking I might keep a record of my week, including what I get up to at work. So, beginning with Saturday:
Saturday morning saw my first visit to the garden in daylight for a week and I took some photos of new things in flower:
Saturday afternoon I spent drawing a strawberry for a project with Dominique and Lisa, from another of Dominique’s myriad creative ideas, and listening to a very eclectic selection of music:
I hate Sundays. Always did. Unlike Fridays and Saturdays where the weekend is still to look forward to; Sundays are the joy sucking day when one has to mentally prepare oneself for work, and previously school. Neither prospect ever filled me with excitement. Anyway, this Sunday we went to the Orchid weekend at our local garden centre. I had a good gossip with the people from Burnham Orchids, bought some plants and visited the guy who had brought some tame-ish owls along.
Then after lunch it was back to the strawberry to add more layers:
Yep, back to the day job. I was supposed to start using a new method to analyse earthworms for pesticide residues but discovered that the instrument manufacturers had made an error when setting the instrument up before the holidays. Those peaks on the screen are not supposed to be there….
Every break time on Monday and Tuesday was spent getting ready for our collaborative blog post on Wednesday. Monday evening was spent writing emails and the blog post.
The day began with repeated attempts to work out what the hell was going on with the above instrument. Not much progress was made. Poor Dominique also got in touch and was having a frustrating time with the collages for her blog post. Then I got home and Susan had a headache and went to bed early. Not a good day. At least my workout at the gym was good. Whilst sad, Susan’s early night gave me chance to unwind with a movie. My movie choices have become increasingly French recently.
Switching off with a movie last night was obviously just what my old brain needed. I woke up with a hunch about the instrument problem. So I actually went to work quite excited to see if I was right. I was!
So with that problem solved I had a much cheerier morning. Lunchtime I posted my ‘When Fashion and Nature Collide‘ post and read Dominique and Lisa’s posts. (We do not have prior sight of each other’s words, just the theme and the pictures).
In the evening Susan told me that her boss Tom, Molly’s owner, has a Youtube channel and that the Hairy Hooligan photobombs some of the videos. She turns up at about 4:30 in this one:
This was a busy day! I went to the lab to do some sample preparation – mashing up earthworms.
Then in the afternoon I wore my QA manager hat and I had to try to track down our director to get some signatures on all these quality policy documents that I have spent much of the last two months revising:
Then one of my colleagues had an issue with our lab database and it took through until early Friday to track down the issue to some wonky code in a subroutine which thankfully was easy to fix. (Yes – Database Manager hat – my third hat of the day)
In the evening I was due to go to a lecture in the city. as I usually do on third Thursdays. Also traditional is my meal beforehabd at WibblyWobbly, the campus burger bar, which has a great range of vegetarian options and the best fries in town. Oh – and there was a local beer involved too…
Even the owners were impressed I could eat that much insanity sauce without spontaneously combusting.
Then I went off to the meeting hall for the lecture. I got there early as I have the keys. After putting out the screen etc I had a few minutes to play with the lego and sticklebricks in the pre-schoolers corner before Susan arrived to tell me to grow up.
By this time I was really starting to notice that the caretaker had failed to put the heating on. It was only 8C and by the end of the lecture I had been sitting in there (with my jacket and gloves on) for 3 hours…
The lecture was good though. The Dolomites is where I took the gentian photo on Wednesday’s post and we had used many of the same walking trails. Prof John Richards is a professor of botany at Uni of Newcastle and I have encountered him in my professional life as well as in his capacity as a leading expert of Alpine gardening. He wrote THE book on Primula.
I am still cold from last night!
Today I am in proper lab geek mode:
My mission for today was to repair a fault and clean this thing:
Below my pay grade now really but I still enjoy taking apart very expensive pieces of lab kit and hoping it all works again afterwards!
Then it was back to the QA Manager hat again in the office to send off some paperwork to the UK Accreditation Service.
This evening was another gym night. Playing fetch with the gym doggie has become part of the ritual. Here is a pic from last week:
Then I don’t need to tell some of you that friday night is pizza night!