Remember the little things

Lab work can be difficult, repetitive slog work where everything should work as planned but then just doesn’t. And for no particular reason.

Except possibly that today is a Tuesday after a waxing gibbous moon and the yeast appear to have some sort of religious holiday and can’t possibly start fermenting. Or the store has run out of the particular incense required to sooth the HPLC gods and now the baseline pressure won’t stabilize and it’s a Friday night and you need these results on Monday.

But there are everyday triumphs as well. Like remembering to top up the solvent before the column runs dry. Or reaching an hour-long incubation step in the methodology bang on lunchtime. These sorts of triumphs are rarely reported in the media and yet it can be the little things like this that keep us going.