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January 2, 2007
Out With the Old
Now this is a new experience for me. Starting off the new year in the lab has usually been a time for me to clean up the office and bench and think about what I'm getting done (and how that matches up, if at all, with what I should be doing). And I'm doing all that - more of them than ever - but doing it in a research site that's shutting down does turn up the contrast a bit.
Officially, my last day here is at the end of the month. People are more or less free to go, however, if they've completed all their close-out tasks. I'm only partway through, but even so, I certainly don't anticipate making it all the way through January here in this office. Iit's actually nice to know that, rather than just wondering if it's going to be that way or not. Outside of the standard checklist, the main things I need to have done are to finish up a couple of papers (Vial Thirty-Three and another one) and to make sure I've got a coherent interview talk ready to go.
Said office, rather than just being cleaned up, is looking downright Spartan these days, especially since I took all my plants home before Christmas. (I have a large window here, so the orchids are now under a grow-light at home to ease the transition). The shelves are being cleared to an unnatural state, too, and it obvious the minute I open the door that something big is up.
The lab, for its part, looks identical to the last day I worked in it (which may well have been the last day anyone here worked in the lab, because I really pushed it). But that's going to start changing today. The afternoon will be for attacking the bench, and the morning is for writing manuscripts. If I need a break, I can sign notebook pages or see which of my files should be tossed out due to age or irrelevance.
Every year, you wonder how different the new one will be from the old. For me, the fix is in.
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