Grant Approval = Less Painful Hands’ Job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

Months ago, Le Supervisor and I were busy preparing grant proposals to get extra funding for our research projects. The result is coming out soon.

— One day in April —

Le Supervisor came back from the admin office, seemingly happy: “Angelyn, do you think we can get the grant?”

Me: “Hmmmm….โœ‹โ˜๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿ‘‹ ” ย *moving my thumb across my other finger segments, appearing like I’m doing some calculations, like a fengshui master* The term to describe this whole sentence of gesture in Chinese is simple: ๅฑˆๆŒ‡ไธ€็ฎ—, done! ๐Ÿ˜

fengshui hand.jpg
Like this, yeah, like this!!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

He watched me in jubilant. ๐Ÿ˜

I continued: “I think we are 90% positive to get the grant. ๐Ÿ˜Š”, his smile was going from ear to ear as if the results are announced. ๐Ÿ˜

“Angelyn, what is the first thing you want to do after getting the grant? ๐Ÿ˜Ž”

Without any hesitation, I raised my hands ๐Ÿ™Œ: “I want to buy new micropipettes!!! Justification: The brand we are using, the spring is too hard, it hurts this part of my hand *pointing hand ๐Ÿ‘‡* when I do hundreds or thousands press in a day.…. blarx3 *switch into COMPLAIN MODE ๐Ÿ˜*….”

Bruises I have on my hands due to too much hands’ job* LOL!!!

 

I told him about that before but he persuaded me that it’s better to have micropipette with harder spring and longer lag. I somehow disagree but he is the boss, so I just bare with it, but I never stop complaining. โ† No. 1 Complaint Queen ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘ธ

He probably expected that,ย he waved his hand while standing up: “Here, come Angelyn.”

He led me to the lab and open the drawer of his bench. Like a magician ๐ŸŽฉ, he took out a new box of micropipette (a new brand, brand new ๐Ÿ˜‰).

“This brand is famous for its soft press, please try on it!” *unpacking and handing it to me*

I took it over and have some clicks: “Wow, this is much better than Eppendorf (that I always referred) that I used before, and I love the grip!” *Excited, I almost jumped!!! ๐Ÿ˜*

“Great! You like it? Bad thing is, this one can’t fit nicely to our normal economic tips. I have to order specifically designed tips for it. One box is 1000 yen. I’ve orderedย several boxes, here, *taking out new boxes of tips*, you may try on it first. ๐Ÿ˜‰”

Huh????? One box is 1000 yen, I am finishing few boxes a week!!! Next time I would feel like I am throwing money away when I am disposing the used tips. ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Anyway, I gave it a try. ๐Ÿ˜

— Two weeks later —

I feedback to Le Supervisor that the new micropipette is not as ideal as I expected. ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ˆ The lag time is too short and it’s hard to manage small amount of liquid. “I can’t be one with it ๐Ÿ˜‘”. โ†That kind of description I put ๐Ÿ˜…. I would slap the girl who tells me this on a super expensive micropipette myself. Hahahaha!!! ๐Ÿ˜

Anyway, he just listen patiently on <The Ideal Micropipette> kind of speech I was delivering ๐Ÿ‘‚. I am picky and I know it, he knows it. But I’m glad he is still motivated to answer my over-fastidious need. ๐Ÿ˜Š

— Yesterday —

Le Supervisor came to look for me in the lab: “Angelyn, do you have a minute to meet with an agent right now?”, “Oh, I’m sorry but I’m doing time course experiment with 5 minutes interval, I can’t go now. ”

When I returned to the office, I saw catalogs of micropipettes on my desk ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.

He turned to me: “I just met with an agent of this micropipette company, please check on their new models and see if you like it?” Awwwwwww….. he is too sweet I got acute diabetes! ๐Ÿ˜†

While I was flipping the catalog, he continued: “I tried several of the micropipettes just now, it’s almost close to what you described. The grip is great and the lag is very easy to handle. The spring is soft and it doesn’t burden the hand muscles much. I think this is the MOST perfect micropipette available on this era so far. ๐Ÿ‘”

“Oh, really? Did you check on the …..(criterion)……? How was the …..(another criterion)….?? Did you perform that ….(criterion)….???”ย โ† Possessed by Picky Ghost ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ˜

He smiled: “Yes, I did. I did check on every aspects you ever complained to me. ๐Ÿ‘Œ”

“Wow, if you say so, then this is probably THE ONE!!!” *looking at him with Puss in Boots’ Eyesย ๐Ÿ˜ป*

“I can arrange the agent to come again for you to try on them personally, if you are satisfied, then I will order, right away! ๐Ÿ’ช”

Touched me: “Oh… thank you…” *Puss in Boots’ Eyesย ร—2*

I experienced a moment of absent-mindedness ๐Ÿ˜ถ and shouted + jumped on the next second: “Huh!!!! Now I don’t know what I want to do after getting the grant!!! ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜จ”

He gave me a beamย ๐Ÿ˜…: “Well, you still have time to think about it. Just let me know later.”

“Ok… Oh, so what is the first thing you want to do after the grant proposal got approved?” *curious curious curious ๐Ÿ˜ฎ*

He gave me a light punch on my arm: “Me? That’s simple! I will bring you for drinking! We go to high-end restaurant, you order whatever you like and I PAY!!!”

Oh, happiness is simple. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜

 

*hands’ job here refers to jobs done with hands in the lab, particularly pressing micropipettes and popping tubes. Sometimes, it involves shooting micropipette tips at people too ๐Ÿ˜.

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