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End of the week rush

It’s Friday, which means I need to be at both the hospital lab and the school lab. Then it’s wall to wall meetings with little break in between. How am I writing this if I’m so pressed for time? Well I have a second between meetings and things I need to do. It’s busy, but the good news is I’m forced to focus on the stuff right in front of me, which is better than having to focus on other things that are going on at least.

Friday’s are super busy because I need to go to work, then directly afterwards I need to go to the school. Work and school are about 15 minutes or so away from each other, but I only have 30 minutes to get from the hospital lab to school lab and it takes more than 15 minutes to get to the car, then to park and walk to the school lab. Most days I make it, just barely, like today! Some days I’m a bit late. It’s never been a problem and I doubt it will be, but I hate being late so it’s an early morning stresser for me.

Today is particularly busy because I need to meet with the news department of the school to discuss the funding I was just awarded (yes, the same funding I was told I cannot take). It’s actually not that bad because I just need to talk about the project a bit and even if I’m not the one doing it, I am the one who knows my “super secret” technique best.

That meeting just happened, along with my morning school lab meeting. Then I have two different project meetings scattered throughout the day. I’m also the expert on the two new (well one is new to us) 3D printers and we’ve been having troubles with both, which is the norm for new(ish) 3D printers. Since I’m the only one who knows what is going on, I’ve been asked to go over and attempt to fix them.

Technically that should be happening right now, but as you can see from the text above, I’m super busy and I need a second to relax before I dive into that mess, because it is a mess. Today isn’t a bad day though. Having all this to focus on means I can’t worry too much about the other stuff. I’m literally trading anxieties, I’m going from stress about something I have very little control over to stress about stuff I have a lot of control over.

In short, today is actually a good day for me. If I have to be stressed, having control over the stressors is the best possible outcome. I would prefer not to be stressed, but that’s a rarity in life, even before I started school, so I try to be realistic about what kind of stress level I should expect for myself.

All this to say that today is busy and there are quite a few things I need to take care of over the weekend, but I’m going to try to use today to relax a bit from the stress of the past few weeks. I’m hoping I can carry that thinking over to the weekend. Nothing will be solved for the next week or two (because of the holiday) anyway so I’m trying to not focus on that too much.

Now that I’ve gotten all this out, it’s time to go fix some 3D printers.

2 responses

  1. My attitude toward my 3D printer is something like … friendly rivalry? Annoyed affection? It can be a cantankerous little monster, and it certainly doesn’t give effortless good results every time. But that’s almost part of why I like it — the fact that it needs a bit of skill. The hiccups are bothersome, but they give me pride at the same time.
    Maybe the steep transition from ME to neuro-E meant you brought in some skills that people in neuro-E aren’t as likely to have?

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    November 19, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    • The transition from ME was certainly a huge part of it. My whole Master’s thesis required a 3D printer since we couldn’t machine the parts fast enough.

      I agree 3D printers can be picky, but fixing the problem always makes a person feel pretty good. I do love when you go from something in a virtual space to something tangible.

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      November 20, 2021 at 2:51 pm

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