Cut back to 2 weeks ago, the atmosphere on campus was a weird mix. Of cheer, shopping mania, exam tension, and "I've got to finish this before I leave for break" type stress at work. The roads to the malls and stores were choked with traffic like I've never seen for a while in this town. At work, all equipment was booked and all machines were being used overtime. There were several holiday parties, lots of eating, drinking, meaningless chit chat, annoying questions and weight gain. Then, all of a sudden, there was like a mass exodus with everyone leaving town. Then came the calm- we had awesome weather for December, and although the die-hard winter fans complained, I was happy. I could enjoy a brisk walk to to the lab and not feel like I couldn't feel my face anymore. Some experiments worked (yay!), some writing was done, (yay!) and more job-search attempts bombed. (boo). I enjoyed being the phantom of the town, the only one walking or driving around, the outside calmness often in conflict with the flurry of going-ons in my head. All the equipment at work was freed up and I was making full use of it. Closer to New Years saw people getting back into town, the crowds were returning, the bad drivers resurfaced, the traffic jams came back. They say now this is the traffic jam of people going to return all the gifts they got for Christmas. Hah! It was quite interesting to witness the town wake up after a week-long slumber. New Year's eve saw cop cars dotting the streets all around town, in a bid to curb rash and drunk driving. It was scary and reassuring at the same time.
2007 is going to be exciting, to put it mildly. More experiments have to work, more pages have to be written, and a post-doc job needs to make an appearance, somehow. :-) This blog has been one of the nicer things that happened in 2006, a willing outlet for a vent, some creative indulgence, a way to "meet" lots of awesome, fun, and caring people. Here's wishing all the readers of deep thought all the things they wish for in the new year!