Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I am an idiot

Yesterday I transferred two gels backwards overnight. (In my defense, it's been about four years since I regularly ran Westerns, and the transfer apparatus in this lab is set up with exactly the opposite orientation of my last lab).

So today I got to pour new gels and re-run them in between other experiments. Set my gels to run super-low voltage while I ran to pick up my Bean-girl from school and get dinner on the table. After dinner I went back in. Just came home and everyone is asleep--including Husband, who fell asleep next to our little Legume.

Oh, and it's Legume's birthday tommorrow! And we forgot to get her a present in time (although we did order a cake). And I even had a three-day weekend in which to go shopping. How many kinds of an idiot am I?

9 comments:

chall said...

just a little stressed. I'm sure Legume will be happy with cake and loveing parents! Good luck with the WB.

ScientistMother said...

don't worry about, I've forgotten monkey's birthday many times. Its hard cuz it falls right after the Christmas / New years. Honestly, she has cake and thats all they care about :)

The bean-mom said...

Thanks, chall and SM. I'm relieved to hear other moms have forgotten their children's birthdays, too =) I had an incubation this morning and went to the store to buy her toy race cars. She really wants a race car. She's a total tomboy =)

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

You're not a proper scientist until you've done retrophoresis at least once :)

Happy birthday to Legume!

Cloud said...

This is why I buy all kids birthday gifts, including for my own kids, from Amazon. I signed up for their "Amazon Mom" program and am currently enjoying free Prime shipping. As they know well, I'm going to find that hard to give up and will probably end up signing up for it when my free period ends. Luckily, my husband bought a Roku and wants the Prime thing for free downloads to the Roku, too. So it all works out.

The computational equivalent of running a blot backwards is starting a new job that obliterates the results from the old job before you move those old results to their permanent home. And I've done that many times. You're not an idiot. You're human!

The bean-mom said...

Cath--then I am a proper scientist many times over =)

Cloud--you are far, far ahead of me! I love Amazon, but I am not nearly organized enough to buy birthday presents ahead of time through the web. That pesky 2-3 day shipping thing...

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Here's a tip from a former new-dad-as-postdoc. When tired, put your PVDF on BOTH sides of the gel, do your transfer, then probe them both in the same incubation. I used to do this when I was really tired. I once even discovered a new glycoform of my favorite protein that way.

sex life said...

It won't work in actual fact, that's exactly what I suppose.

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