Where has the time gone?! Presentation are on Thursday and Dr. Green is currently looking over my poster now. I am staked out in Copley 303 with Shark Bait and Blairski getting our stuff done. Blair and I have bean bags now, everyone loves them. We are also eating all and everything. Last night we about about 15 pounds of taco bell which we had to actually drive a distance to get there. Today was a GIANT Jersey Mike's sub (half for lunch and half for dinner).
Everything seems to be going well (so far at least). Yet everyone is stressed out of their minds. It's ok, it will all be worth it on Thursday and of course Friday when we get those big fat pay checks WOOP WOOP!
Back to work. Check out the sweet pictures on Blair's blog.
PS- I GOT TWO INHIBITORS TO WORK! OH YEAH OH YEAH!
If you google image search NS3 Protease you will find a picture of me on there, weird but cool
I was on a roll today! I got to lab this morning with extra pep in my step. I got right to work and started to rotavap my inhibitor that reminded me of a nice blush wine. Must be a sign that Dr. Schreiner, Stephany, and Keith are going to kick some toosh in Australia. Ohhhh beloved Aussie! But I go right to work on the rotavap, added my chloroform-d and put some of my solution into an NMR tube. I was even to get on the NMR without having to tune it also! Yes, a goooooood morning. I did actually get decent results too. But I could be wrong. I blew off my solvent with lab air and capped it with a septum while my NMR was running. I was also able to run my third step of my synthesis in the NMR. Weird thing though; yesterday that NMR kindly told me it was going to take me five and a half hours to run. Nope, not tonight. It took 38 minutes. I didn't change anything with the experiment or the sample. Random change of run time... FREAKY!
But all in all it was a dandy day. It was of course hotter then, well you know, today. But Blair and I got matching Pandora bracelets today and filled a third of it. We both got a turtle for our sorority, Delta Zeta, a magnificent yellow flower with a smile in the center for the one and only Sydney, a giraffe because it is so cute, and an elephant since you always need one around. I also got a horse shoe for good luck and a Buddha for my dad since that is his nickname. Yes we are now more alike now then ever. What can we say, we're cute.
The cuteness didn't stop just there. We also went to Sonic were I made another embarrassing drive-thru error. I asked for a route 66 limeaid when they are route 44. Numbers in names of foods at drive-thrus and I just don't get along. We then came back to my house to make stir fry. YUM! There is literally none left.
I am not waiting for the dishwasher and the washer to finish so that I can put things away. I need to pack because tomorrow I am headed home to see the coolest person in the ENTIRE world, my niece, Makenzie!!!! Oh yeah, my mom, dad, brothers, and sister-in-laws will be there too. But back to Makenzie. I love her and I can't wait to play with her. I am obsessed with her it is true.
Today I was cranky. I don't know why. Just cranky.
Research went well though, but not at the start. I came into lab expecting to have an oil after my solvent had been blown off by lab air. Nope, I was wrong. Over night the tubing and the pipette had separated and the pipette was no longer in its clamp. Weird. Sooooo I had to rotavap my product. Not a problem. But, the vacuum was catching at first. Joy. So after dinkering with it, I fixed it. I also was able to separate my inhibitor I had been refluxing over night. I added BRINE to the solution, separated it three times with EtOAc, dried it, filtered it, and now it is capped with a septum. I am going to rotavap it tomorrow.
While I was using the rotavap earlier I went into OCD mood and started clean sweeping the lab. I must admit that it looks fabulous. All of the clean, dried glassware is put back in the correct spot. I cleaned half of the overflowing mountain of glassware in the sink. I even clean out my hood. Man that thing looks huge now.
The luncheon was good. Turkey sandwiches, fruit, and pasta salad. Blair asked for ranch. Have I told you recently that I love her? AND she just got a bike so we can go on wiked sweet adventures together. I'm pumped. No funny stories today. We paid attention like good little SURF children. That's a first.
I went back to lab later to run a second NMR. A carbon NMR usually takes anywhere from 10 seconds to 40 minutes. Big gap but it happens. I started to run my NMR, yet this time with a different solvent. I had to run it in DMSO and not chloroform-d because chloroform-d would not dissolve my product. When I went to see how much time was left on the NMR it said 5:30:47. FIVE HOURS?! No way can I fit that into an hour slot I signed up for. Plus Shark Bait was kind enough to switch time slots with me because the NMR was tuned to carbon and not phosphorus for once. Isn't he a pal?! I thought me might be a little upset with me if I told him it was going to run for 5 and a half hours. So I signed up to run it over night tomorrow. In times likes this you just have to be one percent smarter. Thank you big brother. It finally came in handy.
Dr. Schreiner, Stephanie and Keith won't be here for awhile. They are going to Australia for a convention. Jealous!
But tomorrow I hope to have another successful day in the lab and great data from my NMR runs.
Word of advice: do NOT mix double stuffed Oreos and peanut butter Oreos together. My tummy hurts now. Blah. Hopefully it goes away because I am making a tenderloin for dinner. Girls night with my house girls. A full line up off dirty little liars, make it or break it, and the season premier of a new teen mom! Oh how I love the summer.
Research today: I need to learn how to tune the scary NMR. Dr. Schreiner made fun of me for not knowing how to do it after 8 weeks of research. I do know how to, I just don't want to kill a million dollar machine. Not on this paycheck anyways. I need to save it for Australia. But he was a kind heart and helped me! I ran my NMR that I was not able to do last night b/c the carbon was not working correctly. I think I got what I was looking for I just need to verify with Dr. Green in the morning. I also separated the third product of my synthesis today and it is currently having the solvent blown off under lab air. I also started a new inhibitor which is also refluxing right now.
Tomorrow morning, 9 am to exact, I am going to run NMR's on both. Keep your fingers crossed that I get what I'm looking for! Plus, I need some amazing data for my poster and paper I have to do. (PS-sorry Dr. Schreiner for being on the slow train today for not sending you my poster title one time. I'll call it in next time)
Oh! I almost forgot! Chicken Parmesan last night was to die for! I am a fabulous cook I must say so myself. So tonight's dinner is going to be that much better. OHHHH yeah.
Tomorrow, like I said is lined up with NMR's AND a luncheon. This is going to be fun like always. Blair and I will probably just giggle like little school girls in the back. Hopefully Dr. Schreiner won't ditch us this time. Rude. Yet I am sure that Blair and I will have some funny jokes to share.
Funny joke of the day: 1) I was EXTREMELY hyper and loud today, nothing out of the usual. Nafey was annoyed. Again, nothing out of the ordinary.
2) "Nate, why does it smell like cat food over here?!" "You need to stop eating cat food!" "Ugh... I don't" "Then stop eating the poop"
...guess you had to be there. And yes the do let special kids work in my lab. His name is Nate.
I am currently looking up more papers to try a different synthesis for my reaction. Researching methyl ethers may sound like a painless task, wrong, it is. I spent all morning looking up papers and found one. Yet, instead of having a methyl group it had an ethyl group. Fabulous. I would have been able to use it since a methyl group only has one additional carbon group. The research didn't find anything though. They just added water, a solid formed, and they filtered it. No, no no. We do not want a stinking solid, WE WANT AN OIL! I guess I should just stay walking to the Gulf and get my oil there. (Not a good joke, but I felt it was appropriate)
So the search goes on, and on, and on.
Before din din I have to run back to lab to run 2 NMRs on my products from last week. The ones I had to re-work because they decided to not work for me. They better have worked this time. Keep your fingers crossed!
Last night I cooked goulash. I made enough for a small village by mistake. I'll be eating this for a while. Tonight is chicken Parmesan and possibly making more homemade ice cream. I hope the chicken tastes good and I don't cook it like my mom, which means it's still kickin. Wish me luck.