Random Stuff About My Life
The Post Which Never Was
Back in March I began to write a very long and detailed post about volunteering to be in an NIH study. It was good, and I was going to finish it and post the whole thing today, but I realized that my memory of the study (which took place in January) is now pretty vague. So instead of giving you a detailed description, I’m going to have to summarize.
- NIH is a cool place to visit
- As in oddly scary security screening (although everyone was friendly and polite) giant fishtanks, gorgeous displays, and everyone willing and interested in explaining the science.
- They like me there
- They appreciate interested and engaged volunteers. I absolutely felt like the favorite volunteer ever!
- They like knitting there
- There was a lot of waiting around. I figured out how to knit with a tube stuck in me, and a number of people watched. One of the doctors was a knitter, so she kept me thinking about ‘name the famous male knit designers’ instead of the invasive sample she was taking.
- There was not fun stuff too
- Invasive samples are not fun. Being intubated and having blood taken every few hours is not fun. Fasting and being pumped full of sucrose is not fun. No matter how polite everyone is, and how interested you are in the process, there are going to be not fun parts in human experimentation.
The particular study I was in had to do with the effects of antiinflammatories on metabolic syndrome. In particular, how antiinflammatory medicine affects the calcium ion channels reaction to insulin in fatty tissue in patients with metabolic syndrome. I ended up as a healthy control, so they just took one fat biopsy. Thanks to this study I now know that I don’t have metabolic syndrome, and a little bit more about how my body works.
I may well volunteer for another study, because it was cool.
Looking for Work
Over the past three weeks I’ve put in ten job applications and had four interviews at three different places. Two phone interviews, one in person interview and one video interview over a phone app. I’ve got a spreadsheet to track (because I’m that kind of geek). I have one good interview suit (which I’ve used) and a number of less good but still acceptable options to wear for second interviews.
The three positions I’ve interviewed for are (in chronological order):
- Administrative/front office (interview with placement agency)
- Regulatory Affairs Assistant
- Help Desk
I never thought I’d be interested in any sort of regulatory work, but, honestly, this job would be really exciting. I wouldn’t be enthused about that commute, though. Of course, if Steve gets a job near there (and it’s possible) that makes it all come together nicely.
The help desk position is the one which had the video interview. I’d be providing applications support, and I know that I can handle the job. It was an odd experience, but it makes sense for this particular company (they produce video content) and it’s only round one. I hope I make it to round two, because I’d prefer a more interactive interview.
So that’s it, almost. Except that I do have a literal fridge cleaning recipe. I made this on Friday, when I realized that there was a cup of home made chicken broth which I had better use up or throw out. Here’s what I threw together:
Fridge Cleaning Soup Recipe
1 cup homemade broth
1 cob corn
2 baby carrots
2 T quinoa (this is what I used, it was way too much. 2t probably better).
Heat broth over medium heat. While it’s warming, put the carrot cob in the microwave (husk and all) for one minute. Remove from microwave. Cut off stem end and squeeze cob out (corn is cooked and cob is shucked all at once). Cut kernels from cob and discard cob. Chop up baby carrots. Add corn, quinoa and carrots to broth and simmer for five minutes. Remove from stove and eat.