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Hi! I'm Geeka. I've been a scientist for, I don't know, it seems like forever, I guess since I started college, so, like 15 years? Anyhow, this is where I'm going to give my take on a bunch of stuff. I'm usually a little bit out there (that is, I don't see the obvious at the outset), which means that you are probably going to have to deal with reading such topics as: Interpersonal relationship training for scientists, my lab pet peeves, how to get along in business when you just came straight out of academia, trying to deal with having a life and being a scientist, really odd topics for a paper, random stuff I found on the internet that made me shoot coffee out of my nose, you know, (ab)normal Geeka. Why the title? Because at the very heart of me, I'm a virologist, and while I don't necessarily do that now, it's how I view the scientific world.

My posts are presented as opinion and commentary and do not represent the views of LabSpaces Productions, LLC, my employer, or my educational institution.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

It all started like this: I'm used to getting paid once a month. That's how the Uni did it. I've been getting paid that way for a decade. So all of my bills are due within the first 10 days of the month. Now that I have a Real Job, I get paid biweekly. And that's a big adjustment, because I've spent the past 2 months getting stuff paid ahead, so that I can re-situate what gets paid when. Only I'm a moron, and have automatic deduction set up and forgot to change something, so this morning was spent rushing to an ATM, so that my rent check wouldn't bounce.

I did an experiment last week that I couldn't read on fancy machine, so I read it today, only I forgot to change a setting, so I only got 75% of what I needed, which means I have to read it again. Only the machine is booked. We fucking make the machine, and I can't get time on it. Seriously, I can go down 2 flights of stairs and make the machine myself. Only I have to bump another experiment that I was going to do tomorrow to read the one that I mis-read today.

My Monday meeting got moved until tomorrow, which backs me up again. I had to go to a meeting today which was a WASTE OF MY TIME.

I swear it was cold enough to see my breath in the office.

I didn't wear matching clothes to work today. I forgot to take the trash to the curb today.

My arm is sore for no reason. I have tripped 4 times. I've bitten my lip (not that I got lunch).

So, what do I do when this happens? Well, I let myself wallow while it's happening. Then I suck it up. And then I read everyone else's blog posts and realize it's not me.

Although, days like this make me want to get some of this and one of these and then drop off the face of the earth.

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Are matching clothes a work requirement? I'm just kidding, it sounds like you need a hug, and a foot massage. Or maybe a bubble can help? That's usually my solution to bad days. And I am a pro at bad days :)

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Feeling ya, Geeka...hope today is better for both of us!! In the meantime, I'm checking out the Tiny House as a backup plan.

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Oops - hope tomorrow is a better day - can't type I guess.

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Also having a bad day.
Feeling tired, weak and couldn't put up a blog post worth a crap this am...

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Dude, fuck, I remember my first postdoc I was actually hired an RA so I'd get benefits. And biweekly pay fucking sucks ass. I suck at budgeting (as anyone who follows my twitter feed knows), so trying to balance my checkbook (LOLz) was impossible.

As for the rest of it I like your plan.

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Matching clothes are not a work requirement, but I sometimes think that people don't take me seriously when I really don't match.

Kind of like a high school math teacher that you know is married, and you think how his wife let him out of the house like that.
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