Yesterday was my first ride in a London cab :)
Yeps…those black roundish ones, with the TAXI light on the top :)
Why? No, not because I won the lottery and thought I would waste my money on a cab ride! But for work – my supervisor told me to ;)
Hehe…and no…the department doesn’t expect people to travel by cab everywhere :) It was a necessity ;) And why?
Well, yesterday I started the first hands-on thing in my PhD…it feels great to start DOING something rather than just reading/deciding/discussing. And what was the thing? Well, I started with environmental monitoring at the TNA to determine the presence or otherwise of pollutants in the repositories where photos are stored. The pollution monitors (I had 3) are quite big and hefty, so I cannot manage to carry one, let alone 3 + a pump + the other pieces needed for them to work! And if I cannot carry one alone, let alone all of them on public transport…hence! the cab :)
Arrived at the TNA, and started monitoring? My supervisor had shown me how to use them once, but I had never really used them, and definitely not on my own! However, happily for me, I managed to get them to a state where nothing was flashing or red in colour! And also all the data that should have been within a range actually WAS within the range. So I was a happy girl. Today the girl who helped me out yesterday also emailed me saying that all looks fine (I need to leave the monitors monitoring for around a week in one place). So, so far so good. I should return on Tuesday to move the monitors around, and to hopefully try ATR-FTIR (a spectroscopic method) for some analysis…will have to try and see if it works…will keep you posted :).
Also in the next weeks I hope to start with some preliminary testing…woohoo!!! Today I started trying to think through the planning of it (since generally it is better to plan everything out and then do it whenever you know how to carry it out than just bumble through stuff, and probably forget things :P). Pray that everything goes well ;)
And today as well? I went to a shoe shop to try and get a shoe box…for…for…for…? Well…the shoe box I was using to house my research colelction was positively bulging, so I decided to try and find a shoe box which was the right size for my research collection…and I did :) Thanks to the lovely people at Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair Shop :)
Well, and what about the cab ride? It was good to travel by car, after travelling for so long by public transport! However, seeing the fare price rise every few seconds on the meter in front of you gets a bit daunting :) Another thing I noted? That the cab driver kept on putting the cab into free drive…hehe…miss that from my driving :P