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July 2021
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Busy, busy, busy

It’s been quiet on here as I’ve been very busy for the last few weeks (months!).  My contract finishes at the end of this month, so I’m frantically working to try and squeeze all the experiments I can into the remaining time.  Of course I’m not helped by the fact that the FACS machine has been out of commission for the last 3 weeks, and I need it to separate my cells, so I can get RNA samples to RT-PCR with.  It was supposed to be fixed last week, so I was booked to use it today, but the experimental officer has just broken the bad news to me that the engineer wasn’t able to fix it and is still working on it.  ARRRGH!!!!!!!!

When I’m not at work, swearing at cells (and anyone foolish enough to try and talk to me 👿 ), then I’m beading like crazy at home.  I was hoping to enter the Beadworkers Guild Challenge this year, but the deadline rolled around and I was still working on the piece.  Right now I’m focussing on finishing a piece I was asked to do for a book (I’ll post a link once it’s out), and a couple of other things I’ve promised people.  And then it’s the Great British Bead Show this week – totally looking forward to it, flights booked, taking a couple of classes – just not the best timing.

On the other hand, Marie finished here last week, and flew back to Spain today.  I was sorry to see her go, but we gave her a send-off with parties and lunch time meets and a lazy coffee session sitting down by the harbour (the weather was FANTASTIC last week).  I also finally made it out to Kilcolgan to visit Valerie and see her 3 month old baby on Friday, so I might be whinging but there have been relaxing breaks and walks in the sunshine mixed in there.  And I really am looking forward to the Great British Bead Show.

If they could just fix the FACS machine…..