XMAS CHOPPING

yesterday i did some xmas shopping.  found something great for my workplace secret santa!  we have a $20 budget and i stumbled into a 40% sale at american eagle.  instead of assorted perfumed hand lotions or gift bag of arare i got a super cute purse, pair of socks and a tanktop for a loverly lady!  a super sweet xmas bundle, in my opinion. don't know how long the sale will last but it's a good deal if you are still gift hunting. :D  (apparently it's good online too...)
and if you are feeling generous to yerself, no problem with that either... heheheheh... i bought a colorblock dress (fyi, runs large) and ombre tights (been looking for a pair for a long time)!
now time for gift wrapping... my favorite holiday past time. fo reals.  something very zen about folding paper and making it look pretty.  i really like adding ribbon and making small paper fit perfectly around boxes.

i also attended our research meeting.  looks like we are staying put for now.  but possibly moving across the hallway later?  i'm not exactly thrilled by this- the labs across the hallway used to be BSL-3 labs and monkey rooms.  we are already BSL-2.  and for a little perspective, tuberculosis is considered BSL-2.  so we would be moving into a lab that used to process specimen that are WORSE THAN TUBERCULOSIS.  (eg: burkholderia) the rooms were "decontaminated" but i still feel paranoid.  i mean, this was the kind of lab where you'd have to wear the space suit looking things in order to go inside...  also, there are no water drainage pipes because they got cut when the outside of the building was renovated.  the worse part is there are no counters and benches.  it's like a room with a sink. there is no physical working space. :(  don't really know what the deal is going to be with that.  also, we'd have to see if the electrical outlets can handle our refrigerator and freezers. sigh, still a lot of logistics to figure out just fo moving across the hallway.
but here i am complaining when we still don't know for sure if we are moving or not. :/  i'd be happy with any definite answers right now.
also at our lab meeting, dr. wada, who will be joining us.  he's a fun, funny, humble, and incredibly smart doctor!  i've only met him once before but he's as awesome as i remember.  it will be great seeing him more often.  :)  sadly he is pulled into our location situation as he will physically have some lab work here, but he said something that i also personally stand by, "i would rather throw my lot in with you guys".  that pretty much sums up my feelings toward my entire micro research career under matt, alan, and dr. b.  guess we're all going down with the ship for now.



last night at work, very quiet.  so nice!  the whole week we were running from start to finish, last night was quiet between 2-3:30am and we also finished morning rounds by 7am. awesome!  since HMC closed (yeah, that long ago) we only finished morning rounds on time a handful of times.  i remember when the other hospitals were still open, i could finish rounds before 7 INCLUDING all the manual diffs if i was in heme or racking all the specimens if i was in chem.  by the time the day shift came in everything was cleared up! maybe my coworkers had that experience but personally, i haven't been able to clear *everything* from rounds since the other hospitals closed.  we've just been busy, in general.
i've noticed right before xmas outpatients are busy because everyone wants their blood test before they feast for the holiday, haha.  after new year, the inpatient gets busier because everyone is really sick- they were all hanging on for one last christmas with the family.
is that morbid?  sorry.  just an observation.

ok, i will do the friday5 tomorrow, now i'm off to leahi to turn off my plate reader and download my first genta-campy data, *squee* !  >w <  then a tiny nap and off to work.  here's hoping for another quiet night.

until next time, netizens!

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