National Laboratory Professionals Week

Last week was National Laboratory Professionals Week which celebrates everyone who works within the lab, from phlebotomists to techs to pathologists. While not well known, like the jobs themselves, it’s still a lot of fun and nice to be recognized. The lab that I’m currently working at in Missoula made sure to celebrate the way lab folk do – with food!

In honor of lab week, I thought I’d share some humorous lab comics with you all.

Disclaimer: I’m using my phone to post this as I’m out of town and without proper internet so it’s a 50/50 chance the pictures will work. Sorry! Also, I got these pictures from a Facebook page called ‘Lab Humor’. Highly recommended for all lab professionals with a sense of humor.

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Guilty.

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Someday I hope to be given the chance to say “Eureka!”

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I can’t wait until next year! Who’s wants to play?

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My poor blind dog does this sometimes, but I have a feeling it’s more because she missed the bed and less because she wanted to play out osmosis.

In all seriousness though, thanks to all of my fellow lab nerds out there for all that you do!

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Stay Healthy, My Friends!

Holy mother is everyone sick around here! Mycoplasma pneumoniae (walking pneumonia) is running rampant at work and I’m just over in the corner trying to dodge the bacteria-laden coughing. I feel bad for anyone who is personally familiar with this type of bacteria because, as one of my coworkers said, “It feels like a rat is living in my chest.” Ew and ow.

My immune system seems to be pretty sturdy. I would say, besides seasonal allergies, I get sick maybe once a year. Every once in a while I’ll get a little tingle in the throat but with a little hot tea, honey, and spicy spicy spicy food I can usually kill whatever it is trying to settle in. However, I still panicked when I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and a small baby cough. I honestly don’t think that I caught the bug but I’m still taking the cold medicine I had to buy and drinking a ton of hot tea and honey just in case. I do not want a rat living in my chest.

In other news, I was able to be extended at this location for an additional six weeks which means I’ll be able to experience a Montana spring! I’m so excited to visit Glacier National Park and I’m told spring time is the best time to do so. I’ll also be in town for the writer’s conference located downtown in May. The conference is called MisCon and it is mainly for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, which is perfect! I’ll actually have to get dressed and go to this one, unlike WanaCon which was completely online, but I may be able to meet some interesting people. I’m hoping to have a little more of a novel under my belt before then, so it’s definitely incentive to kick things into gear!

Good Ol’ Bumdays

I’m not sure if the term “bumday” actually exists anywhere besides in my head, but I’m going to try making this a commonly used word. A bumday is any day of the week that you purposefully don’t do anything. You don’t cook. You don’t clean. You don’t get dressed. You don’t shower (unless you can’t stand your own stink). You definitely don’t work out. You just lay on the couch like a bum. I normally will read books all day, but I’ve been known to watch a few TV rerun marathons. Sunday bumdays can be epic during football season. Just saying.

In order to successfully pull off a bumday, you have to plan for it. If you have two days off, use the first to run errands and make sure you have food in the house. Always put your bumday on the second day. This way you don’t spend your bumday with your stomach growling or getting notices about unpaid bills. The whole purpose is to relax and rejuvenate. This is NOT being lazy! At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

I love these days, even if they seem to be getting less and less frequent. Between working odd hours at the lab and trying to get my writing career up and going I’ve started to feel guilty taking time for myself. A visit with an old friend made me realize that I need to slow down and do what’s best for me. And what is that? Bumdays!