Feeling the need to work when you could be caving is not really a good thing, but when it happens you are best off making the most of it. I arrived in the lab on Saturday, intent on finding out how deep in one of my cores the forams would disappear, and to get a batch of samples ready for organic carbon content measurement.
An empty microscope lab on a Saturday
The first thing I did was turn on the radio, really loud, on BBC 6 Music. And then I got my samples out. I had come with the intention to sieve, split, microscope, weigh, dry and burn. That would see me in three of the four labs on the 8th floor. Shamelessly I spread my stuff out over acres and used all facilities at the same time. All labs were mine. Opulence!
A ditto wet lab
I got quite some work done. And on Sunday I was back for more organic carbon content work. And this time I had to pop over to the office to check something, and when I got back I had lost my monopoly; Rob was there too. And even though that meant the radio had been mercilessly changed to some useless R&B station it was still a good thing! One can’t have enough Robs. And by sacrificing the weekend I now think I can finish both the carbon work and the microfossil counts of that specific core this week. That’ll make me feel better!