I spent today at a science thing where I got to hear a lot of people talk about their research. It was inspiring to spend an entire day thinking about science that was outside of the tiny, little microcosm of scientific challenges that I deal with on a day to day basis. As fun as it is to hover over a reaction, scan the latest ASAP offerings in JACS, or push a bunch of buttons on a fancy machine, one of my favorite things about being a scientist is those “ah, ha!” moments you get when you meet with other scientists for a hearty exchange of ideas. Today was a cold drink of water for my overtired mind.
Plus, I got to watch things catch on fire tonight during my ceramics class when we were raku firing. We all gathered around the furnace as our instructor dropped the still hot ceramic pieces in a garbage can filled with newspaper. It then immediately catches on fire. (I’ll bring my camera next time.) We came home smelling like camping.
Last night, after some encouragement from one of the owners of Nine Rubies, I went to a meeting of the local knitting group. Once I (mostly) got past my meeting new people jitters, it was actually fun. The people seem nice and talked about things other than yarn. I might actually have to go again.
I guess what I am trying to say is that, despite my overly nostalgic blog postings, I am beginning to ever so slightly adjust to life here in the bay area. Now, if I could only get my robot vacuum cleaner to figure out how to clean the stairs, this week would be just about perfect.