Monday, October 21 – it was the first genuinely chilly morning of the fall season, in which the temperature flirted with freezing and a light frost coated some rooftops as I walked Giles before heading into work. As always, I greeted the cool not with mourning, but with relief that the long summer had finally come to an end.
When I arrived at work, I imported the EEG data Glenda had given me onto my computer, then I got on the 8:40 shuttle over to Woodruff to meet with her and to start a rat propofol infusion experiment. Despite the pulse-oximeter acting up, this one went well, overall, emerging to become ambulatory just a bit after I left to take the 11:25 shuttle back to the VA. So not a bad way to start the work week.
After taking a break to eat my lunch, I got going on processing data from Britany for our upcoming manuscript. Unfortunately, it turned out that, once we eliminated animals for whom the anesthesia protocol was not carried out properly based on her telemetry data, we simply didn’t have enough to publish. I’d need to do more studies on my own to shore up the numbers. That’d be a problem for later-Jon, though. For right then, I reserved a rental car for my trip out to San Diego and Los Angeles coming up in just a couple of weeks from then, then I got a call from a census lady. Her questions were fairly interminable, and so I had to cut her off after a while so I could make a meeting with Paul. I checked on my rats after that, looked into getting a MATLAB license for our lab’s use, then left to meet Becky down in the lobby (she’d gotten out earlier than usual) at a bit after 4 in the afternoon.
After a 38-minute workout at the gym, we returned home to settle in for the evening. Becky started work on digging a fire pit out in the back yard for our up-coming Halloween party while I made us some cheesy apple pork chops for dinner. We ate while watching a nature show about cheetahs, then I took advantage of the cool weather to set our very first fire in our wood-burning stove. As I did that, Becky made up some ghostly decorations for the party:
It kind of looks like what would happen if Jack Skellington was an anime character.
As the fire warmed the living room, we watched some of Journey to 10,000 BC, a somewhat-out-of-date but still entertaining show about the exploration of the Americas by early humans. We followed that with Jeopardy!, then another installation of Georgia’s Civil War. The amount of stuff that went on post-Sherman (which I’d believed to be “none,” damned Yankee I am) was pretty interesting.
We wound down the evening with a Doctor Who from Netflix, then we put on some Futurama in bed before turning off the light for the night.
Tuesday, October 22 – upon arriving at work for the day, I read for a bit while having my morning coffee, then I rode the shuttle over to Emory’s main campus. The rat propofol experiment with Glenda went quite well that morning, finishing early enough for me to hop the Yerkes shuttle, then walk through Lullwater back to the VA by about 11:15. I must have just missed Becky, who came out during lunch time to commune with the picturesque trees:
I read a good deal in the afternoon, but I managed to also make use of myself by weaning a cage of pups. I wrote out and posted a journal entry, too – the last one I’d manage to get put out in nearly 3 months. I stalled out on the day before July 4th (so, July 3rd), and in the two months since I’ve covered nearly 4 months of ground to get to here. Not bad, but I’ve still got a long way to go.
And so the next several months will progress without the phrase “wrote a journal entry,” that seems to stud these posts without much inward reflection. For then, I departed work to meet Becky at Yerkes, then I went to the gym with her for a standard afternoon workout.
Back home, I lined the nice, new fire pit Becky dug with some extra bricks from the back yard, then I made us some more cheesy apple pork chops for dinner. We ate while watching the Daily Show and Colbert, followed by the premiere of @midnight, the improv comedy ostensible-game show hosted by Chris Hardwick. It was pretty funny, and so we were happy when it wound up getting picked up for more episodes later on.
After we watched Jeopardy!, I called my Uncle Mike to confirm my visit with him and Nancy before I went out to San Diego for the conference. That seemed to be all set, and so I settled back down with Becky to watch the 10-year anniversary show for Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. It was lots of fun, and, while I didn’t really watch the show during its original run (perhaps I should have), it was like catching up with old friends for Becky. We retired to bed for the night when it concluded, content that the spirit and positive message of the show lives on, even if I do wear jeans and plaid shirts too often.
Wednesday, October 23 – the work day started much as it had the previous two days, in that I grabbed my coffee while checking my email and some overnight blogs, then I walked out front to catch the shuttle from the VA out to Woodruff, so as to start a rat propofol infusion experiment in Glenda’s lab. I was quite happy for the morning to continue as a carbon-copy of the previous day, as it meant the experiment went off without difficulties, and the rat emerged as planned for EEG recording. Hooray, 3 for 3!
I took the C-shuttle back to Starvine (the Yerkes shuttle is faster, but I always get carsick when I ride it, so I needed a break from it), then I walked back the rest of the way to the VA, enjoying the crisp fall air in the process.
While I was eating my lunch, Becky was out in Lullwater looking for bugs on her own break:
Nope, no bugs here, just a leaf minding its own business.
I started off the afternoon by submitting a load of animal orders for Vinny’s upcoming work, then I read for a while, processed a monthly gas cylinder rental, and ordered us some fresh medical oxygen tanks for my own studies coming up not-too-far down the line. With all that done, I headed out at 4:15, then waited at Yerkes for Becky. She got held back at work for a bit, and so we elected to skip the gym, and instead headed straight home.
I tested out our fire pit with a small fire as Becky walked Giles. It seemed to work perfectly well, and so we’d be in business for the party that weekend. With that taken care of, we sat down to have some crock pot burritos for dinner as we watched the Daily Show. I made us a fire in the fireplace, then we put on Colbert, @midnight, and a neat nature show about sharks that live in the waters around Easter Island. We followed that with Jeopardy!, then a Doctor Who before relaxing and reading for the rest of the evening.
Not a very exciting start to the week, and I know it doesn’t seem worthy of its own post, but the following two days are worth mentioning on their own. They were going to be awesome.