Thursday, January 26, 2006

getting better

Today was better in lab. I felt more outgoing. I didn't even have to try. It was just there; a part of me. I had more to do. I went up to people and asked them to talk about their projects with me. I volunteered to help do mundane things just to learn the ways of the lab. I had a "mouse" class since I'll have to work with animals. Afterwards, I asked the lecturer for help for beginners, and he gave me a one-on-one basic handling session. I felt very involved and happy that I was "filling the big shoes" I'm supposed to fill. The time flew. Plus, I talked to other senior fellows about their experiences. I got all sorts of invaluable career advice and tips on working through the bureaucracy at the institution. I felt good at the end of the day. It's all about learning to be completely independent and self-sufficient.

I was exhausted, needless to say, at the end of the day. I had a quick, healthy little dinner: microwave, organic, spinach lasagna, salad with mushrooms and baby tomatoes, toast with light cream cheese and salmon. I topped it all off with some cookies, skim milk, and coffee (okay, coffee and cookies not so good). Anyway, the coffee didn't have the effect I had hoped. I took a 45 minute nap on the couch before picking Jason up from school. He gave me a great foot and back massage. I woke myself up and forced myself down to the gym. I had to wait for the treadmill so I squeezed in a quick weight and ab session before jumping on the treadmill for a 3.5 mile run. I'm feeling stronger and better as I go.

I'm just trying to do a little something every day. Not a marathon. Just something. I'm hoping to try going for a night run around the well-lit, safe UCSD campus with Jason tomorrow evening. I have a reflective vest and blinking lights that clip on anywhere. I've never been in an area where I could "night-run" before. So many people do it here! All I can say is...it's getting better all the time (Beatles reference). ;)

5 comments:

Cliff said...

I have a vest that makes me look like a UFO on the sidewalk. Sadly , people still try to run me over. :)

Mon said...

You've had a ton of changes lately!! You are my hero!!

G-Man said...

I find that guys in a car/truck with a combined IQ of less that 100 who see me glowing in the dark as I ride my bike view me as a target. Kinda like deer hunting, I guess.

Erin said...

YAY rachel! im so happy for you that you are liking your new lab. Ive been soooo busy lately. but thats how it goes i guess, busy busy busy. i saw your missed call yesterday, i fogot my phone, it was dreadful. but yes, i must talk to you soon.

bunnygirl said...

What's not so good about cookies? I though they were one of the major food groups!