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Quiet lab

Friday afternoon at the lab. It's so quiet I can hear the water rumbling in the walls. I have a birthday cake in the refrigerator and no one to share it with. That, my dear friends, is culture shock.

Many people think of culture shock as just encountering cultures and customs different from their own, but culture shock is about far more than costumes or traditions. My form of culture shock is having to deal with the shift from a close-knit group of friends to an environment where I don't really know a lot of people yet.

Fortunately, the universe sensed I was about to get depressed, and it intervened. Melanie walked in and asked if I was still around. I brought the cake out of the refrigerator and _that_ brought Alvin out of his cubicle. Alvin and Melanie even sang Happy Birthday. =) We had more of that wonderfully chocolatey cake.

Now we're down to two decently-sized slices, which I can share with my roommate later. =)

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I’m toast

Or, well, rather, I've finished almost all the toast, and all the cream cheese in the lab fridge. Which is half-okay because I brought the cream cheese anyway, but I'm lucky my research supervisor's okay with my eating his flax bread when I need to nibble on something. I promise to buy flax bread for the lab sometime. =)

My lab is wonderful.

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫は夕食に魚にありつくとわくわくする。 My cat is thrilled with joy when she gets fish for dinner. Neko wa yuushoku ni sakana ni aritsuku to waku waku suru.

Bestest research lab evar

My research supervisor and my labmates are totally awesome. They listened to me freak out about impending doom and told me that I can figure things out somehow. =)

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Random Japanese sentence: 弟は猫を花子と名づけました。 My brother named his cat "Hanako".