riding the high

11/12/2009 at 06:34 | Posted in science | Leave a comment
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so, i have had an epic week of experiments.  murphy’s law could not have been proven more true.

ok, that’s maybe a bit of an exaggeration… but still.  yesterday, especially, was just one of those ridiculous days where you regret making it to school, simply because if you hadn’t,  you probably wouldn’t have screwed up so bad.  i literally mixed up my samples to the point where i was causing the machine i work with to crash… and anyway.  it was sad.  i’ve never messed anything up to that extent before.

so the obvious question is why, right?  but let’s leave that for another post…

so, i went home distraught, frustrated, and generally mad at the world.  life is terrible when a simple calibration curve takes you two weeks to make.  my evening was terrible, and i went to sleep in misery.

this morning, i got up, in the same mood, and went to school despite a strong desire to stay in bed and die.  i went to school… and fortunately or unfortunately, all the samples that i hadn’t effed up turned out to agree with each other.  so, i, carefully, redid everything.  i won’t be able to process the data until tomorrow, but the raw data seems to agree with my work yesterday.

how am i feeling right now?


not totally on top of the world (i, at least, don’t have a totally all-or-nothing emotional response, thank you very much), but substantial enough that i no longer feel like life is terrible and antisocial and so on. literally, the difference is night and day.

sounds a little messed up right?

well, i have a theory.  or… at least a hypothesis.   basically, i ride the highs.  i live off of the things that go well.  the problem is that when your work involves you trying something a billion times in a row hoping that it works that one time… you really won’t survive if you can only keep positive and happy during times of success.  the key really is to stay positive regardless of the results.

so, here’s to trying to roll with the punches and take things in stride.  the facts are facts.. and pouting won’t change anything for the better!  (though it might make it worse ahah….)


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