Suddenly being an adult and having a job is sucking all energy out of me. I literally leave at the crack of dawn and come home after sunset. I’m not complaining, I really enjoy what I do despite the learning curve involved. Sometimes it feels like I never even left college. My lab consists of all young people just starting their careers so there’s a lot of experiments and learning involved and yes, I do still read textbooks. I think I’m ok with this, I’m ok with how this job is slowly weaning me off from being a student to being a professional.
That being said, I’m happy to say I’ve adjusted to Boston. Don’t get me wrong, I still get lost all the time. But it doesn’t bother me as much anymore and every new road I walk down helps me orient myself better. I haven’t really done much in the city yet given this weather here and my workload, other than the afterwork gatherings.
One thing that I have able to do more of now than in college is read nontextbooks. I’ve gone through a couple of books so far and it feels so good to shift gears at the end of the day and unwind with a book. I also came across this website, Goodreads. It keeps track of your book and gives recommendations based on what you’ve read. So far, I finished reading some heavy Jhumpa Lahiri stuff and tried to transition to something lighter, David Sedaris. It was a mistake. I wasn’t able to finish the book. After reading Lahiri’s deep depressive stuff, I couldn’t do with the airy light weight of Sedaris. So I transitioned to reading travelog-type books. I’m currently reading The Blue Nile and The Wander Year. The former’s more historical and informative, and the latter’s a first hand account and more informal and kind of a fun read.
Hopefully I get the time to finish these soon, I’ve already racked up another list of books to get through with the help of Goodreads! (If only I can find inexpensive/free copies somewhere…)
Oh and Happy Valentine’s Day