Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!

It's amazing how much time and effort it takes to move to a new place. Just finding the grocery store, understanding the guy at the bank, learning how to dial the phone and cross the street in a different country. Then there's the lab where five projects demand an incredible amount of energy to set up, explore, understand and begin.

I keep meaning to send all my friends postcards, to call, to post here and somehow every day comes to an end and I've somehow been too busy to do any of that. I'm amazed I was able to get even a few Christmas cards out this year! So please don't be upset if I'm not around visiting you guys, most of my time online is spent looking for grants and fellowships and researching papers. Maybe things will calm down in the spring, maybe not. I'm having an amazing time, though. The projects are fun, the work is hard and not always rewarding but certainly interesting. And the lab. Always it comes to the lab itself. I find this place a refuge a home. I love the smell of expression cells, detergents, alcohols. I love the feel and sound of a cold room and the hum of a centrifuge.

So I'm happy, even if I can't go home this year for Christmas. Actually, I'm heading off to Edinburgh tomorrow to see a friend for Christmas eve and day. Then I'm back here to begin an intense purification. Then I spend the weekend, my birthday and New Years most likely back in Edinburgh. Yay! That city is so beautiful!

Here's to everyone out there, wishing you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful happy New Year!!