Thursday, December 3, 2015

Diversions are a life lesson

Yesterday, my chem class was to take a lab quiz. A precursor to next week's lab final, this was to give students a refresher on how to use chemistry to ascertain what chemical is in front of them. Next week, we will be given an unknown liquid and our goal is to use chemistry to figure out what it is.

Prof. Dan hammered it into us on the first few weeks that our lab notes will be key to this adventure. "Keep good notes." he said. So I did. We will be able to use them on the final.  As the resident lab rat, I was chilling in the lab prep room before class when Prof. Dan asked if I could prepare a few samples for him. Turns out a camera crew is in for the day taping a promotional video. I prepped the chem experiment: Something that uses an indicator to tell you what's inside...by using a color change.

But here we are two hours later and the video team is still there. It's classtime! UGH. So we wait a bit, then we all go in and the video team says, "We will be taping you for this video." ok, um...How is this exactly going to help us with our quiz? It didn't actually.

If this is what it is like to be in a reality show...no thanks.

Prof. Dan needed some volunteers and most said, "No." I told them they were missing the angle on this one. "Hey, Prof. Dan? How's about some extra credit for those who volunteer?" His answer was a dodgy "maybe."

So I volunteered to have that guy with the camera videotape me pipetting the same liquid into the same tubes for about 5 minutes. Boring stuff if you ask me. As a diversion, this was heavy. Most of the students, including me, were thrown off our zone while trying to finish the lab. It was only after they wrapped up and left that most could concentrate.

But there's a lesson in that: Diversions are everywhere. Staying on track, doing your job and focusing are key.

Knittingwise: I'm working on slippers.  It's a DROPS studio pattern: felted slippers
My family goes through about 2 pair a winter, so it's time to restock. I'm using handspun wool for the most warmth.

Poultry wise: The younger ducks go to freezer camp this weekend. We've decided to keep Vito and his gals as they are older and would be tougher as a meat-source. Vito and Maria are the eldest ducks we have; about 4 years old. They've reached middle age. Age span of a duck is about 8 years.  Geese? Well, we will see. Many of the ganders will be off to freezer camp as they are getting out of hand. But that will be proabably after semester end. 

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