January 19, 2006 § 4 Comments
I don’t really have time, but I am going to post anyway since it was my first day of research, and I am really excited about it.
I lectored this morning (again) at the Shrine…poor Msgr. Rossi is not a morning person. Hopefully Fr. Ray gets back soon; he was much more friendly at 8AM. :-)
Naturally, I had to start out my first time doing research with the Brewers by breaking a beaker and spilling a (rare!) compound of Mr. Dr. Brewer’s all over the place. I have never messed up an experiment in 1.5 years of labs…but I had to do it this afternoon. :::blushes::: Needless to say, I was a bit flustered (even though Dr. Brewer wasn’t – he just said that he was going to see if he could find some more lying around) and cleaned up the mess I made.
A few minutes after he left, Mrs. Dr. Brewer came downstairs from her office, put her coat on, and said that she was going to help me out. What an angel she is! Her presence was a wonderful calming influence, and from then on every reaction I did went smoothly. Of course, the afternoon was not without a decent amount of ribbing from Mr. Dr. Brewer.
I finished the lab period making some more of the compound that I wasted.
Though it was not very pleasant at first, I have to admit I think spilling/breaking stuff was the best thing that could have happened. I was so nervous going in there (for no reason at all) – and an “accident” kind of broke the ice and formed a bond between myself and the Brewers. I don’t plan on doing anything quite so clumsy for the rest of the semester at least…another 1.5 years would be good. ;-)