Friday, January 27, 2006

Tired, yet settling into a surreal environment

Ugh. I feel so tired today. I took the day off from exercise. I'm hoping I can be industrious tomorrow and run before biking to work. I always feel so much better throughout the day if I can. I've been having to do a lot of background reading, and it's hard to do for 8 hours straight. So I kind of crashed when I got home and then couldn't get going again. At least the buns got a lot of attention. They liked that. It still amazes me how affectionate and cuddly they are.

I'm trying to acclimate to the lab and the campus. It's sooo different. Very quiet and studious. I feel kind of isolated but I know it will get better. Yesterday, I trekked down to the mouse house and learned about gestation periods, sexing the mice, weaning, and handling. It was nice to do things that were more hands-on. I got to practice handling them. I'm a bit relieved because there are all sorts of rules and practices in place to make everything very humane and pain-free for the little guys. I think I'll be able to handle it.

The lab overlooks the ocean. There are art sculptures and fountains everywhere. Everything is spread out and outside so I get to wander around outside a lot. I found the cafeteria and the library today. The library was nice. Big windows overlooking the ocean and the Torrey Pines Golf Course. I saw tons of hang gliders soaring around. I totally want to do that. The hang gliding port flanks the south side and the golf course is on the north side. North of that, within walking distance is the Torrey Pines Nature Reserve. West is the ocean and a nice stretch of beach to run along up to the Nature Reserve towards Del Mar or south to La Jolla beaches and the Cove. As I walked to the cafeteria, I stopped to watch the pro golfers on the putting green at the Torrey Pines Golf Course for the Buick International. That was cool. I'm not even that into golf. The whole place is kind of surreal.


Erin Nicole said...

so much new stuff to experience all at once, no wonder you're a bit overwhelmed...i'm excited for you though; i just know you're going to come to love it there.

how are the buns doing with each other? more babs/oscar fights?

Rachel said...

thanks, erin. no more fights with the buns b/c babs and oscar aren't allowed to interact anymore. she just won't give up. they're so happy though. Oscar lives in the bedroom and Taz and Babs have the rest of the place. I gate off the living room in the am and pm so Oscar can come out and play. He runs around for a bit and then goes back to the bedroom. He only needs a little bit of time to romp around to be happy so it works out well. Phew. They're very demanding.