Saturday, February 09, 2008


I can't remember the last time I was this social in my life.

Oddly enough, I've managed to forge a new group of work-related friends who seem to be able to bring out the social party animal in me. Recently it's been party, after party, after ski outing, after love/sex week dirty trivia night. I'm now waking up hungover in the middle of the week, realizing I forgot to change the time on my alarm and thus have slept right through the weekly lab meeting. I'm really not complaining.

Things are going really well with my PhD research: the results are exploding right now, and are looking very promising for a quickly up-coming publication. I know what I'm doing, I like what I'm doing, and I know there's always more experiments to come. I like going to conferences and networking, and I'm even starting to enjoy presenting (OMG WTF?).

It wasn't too long ago where I was counting down the days to where I'd be finished with school and out into the real world. And while I'm still looking forward to actually making money, I've also found myself hoping these good times can keep on going. I like making my own schedule, I like that I'm productive and independent, and I like that I feel confident and comfortable. How things have changed.

Some things have changed in the not-so-good way, but those issues are being worked out. And you always learn something from negative situations, either about yourself or about other people. I've done both - and in the long run, I'm glad of it.

I have a lot of things to look forward to in the next wee while: club night tonight, ski trip soon, a friend from undergrad coming up from Waterloo to visit, a conference, a trip out to Calgary to see my brother and sister-in-law, and a trip somewhere this summer (either Peru/Chile or Scandinavia).

Besides the fact that I still feel way too old, life is pretty good right now. I hope things are going well for the rest of you :)