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10:25 Mid Friday Night

  My Life Sucks but my Job is Cool

It is going to be a gorgeous weekend. seriously. I really wish I had some friends to go hiking/camping with. Maybe go up to one of the mountain lakes. The wildflowers are stunning. and i have no one to share it with.

All I have are my fantasies about romantic getaways for a weekend camping trip: a sweaty day hike and an early, restful sleep in an (almost) untouched piece of nature. Out in the open! Underneath innumerable stars! Counting satellites! Pointing excitedly at burning meteors! clasping hands and gazing at the moon.

Sadly, my partner is 10,000 kilometres away from me. Do you know that is ten gigometres?! that is a lot of freakin metres. Sure Vanessa Carlton might walk 1000 miles but i am not swimming for 6,000 miles. I mean, it'd be pointless cos i'd die before i even got to international waters.

anyway. this is me complaining about how i actually have no friends. haha. Well, no single friends. I'm kind of like a...n honourary single. But not the friend you can set up with one of your significant other's single friends, just ... single. (until November!!!) So yeah, Steve is in Japan, so that's about 3/4s of my social life. Meg and Kai each have boyfriends. Wensay lives in The Big City. Hai has a boyfriend AND lives far away. Is Aaron even alive still? Taylor works weird hours.

So who do I hang out with on the weekends? Yeah. my parents. That would be all well and good if I was either in my 30s or if I was 5. Don't get me wrong, my parents are really cool, but it would be nice to have some friends to hang out with on a regular basis who are at the same level as me! I usually tag on to their social events because it's the closest i get to having a conversation most days.

i totally wish i could hang out with meg and kai more often.

Anyway at least i'm not bumming around ALL day every day, my job is kinda interesting. Today I drew a line on the inside of 40 jars. Then I extracted about 8 mLs of solution from 8 samples and measured the pH of those samples. I hate pH meters! I never know when to take the reading! :S I really hope i didn't fuck it up too badly.

Yesterday I got to make 3 solutions of 100 ppm napthoflavone in different pH ranges. The problem? I was using de-ionised water as a solvent, and this particular organic is totally and completely NON POLAR, and therefore stuck to everything BUT the water.

oh yeah, and i was working with fairly precise and small amounts, right? so every tiny little microlitre of acid or base made a huge difference in pH. I needed to make 3 solutions, but i messed up about 5 and in total made 8 or so. Sigh! oh well, at least napthoflavone is amusing to say. Again I hope i didn't mess up on the ones that i did manage to complete...moving on!

i do enjoy working in the lab, though. I also like the people I work for. But I feel really awkward because the only lab experience I truly have is chem lab 1 from fall semester. I got an easy A but still, I don't have great laboratory credentials. Why did Paul hire me? I have no idea. i'm glad he did, though, because this is a really great learning opportunity.

I think i'm done rambling for the time being. Time to complete letters that i started 2 weeks ago.

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