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Oh July, you’ve been one eventful motherlover. I turned 32. Hon is turning 32. Instruments have gone up and down. And even with that, when I was crunching numbers, the lab usage has gone up. I haven’t collected a whole lot of data, as I’ve been doing a lot of troubleshooting. Even managed to do a quick tutorial to a few members of my boss’s lab on how to maintain some pieces of equipment. The boss seems happy, though they can’t wait to have me back on the machine that’s broken so I can churn tons of data for them. I think that’s good.

I’ve been at work for almost 5 months. My time in NYC seems like a long time ago, instead of just 5 months. I still stay in contact with my NY peeps and we’re constantly asking questions about how our different instruments are working (or not). I still have access to the lab database of procedures, so I check every now and then the notes we gathered while I was in NY and relate that info to my current bosses. I had no idea how great my time in NY would be for my current position. I learned so much, in such a short amount of time. I definitely did good when I accepted that job offer. I only wish I could have done more. But my former boss there and I have a good relationship, so I feel free and open to for lab info and specs to compare to my instruments here.

I’m trying to do a good job to keep all of my superiors happy. I need a good evaluation. Otherwise, people will so-so and less than stellar evals are getting the axe. And real fast. There’s no chance to try to prove that you can improve. You’re just cut. And that sucks. And that’s a risk I can’t afford to take.

My in-laws are visiting in a few days. It’s going to be good to have hon’s family in the apartment and we’re both working hard to make the place pretty and comfortable for them. We get along well and are already making plans to celebrate both of our birthdays, plus their 33rd wedding anniversary during their visit.

Lots to do this month … and we’re not even halfway there.