For a moment [no pun intended] there, after I'd remembered to pause to document a fleeting moment of time ... after I'd scribbled down some notes ... and after I'd typed up some more coherent lines ...I realised I hadn't asked if Alexa at Trimming the Sails was going to be continuing the Simply A Moment meme into the New Year.
But fortunately she is ... so here's mine ...
[To learn more you can read Alexa's tips on how to record your own moments and if you do join in, there's a link box on her first moment of 2014 for you to add yours.]
Date: Wednesday 15th January 2014
Location: 1st floor chemical engineering laboratory
I'm wearing a lab coat.
Which is unusual for me.
I mean, that's generally the kind of outfit I like to keep for special occasions; like Christmas, birthdays and new episodes of Sherlock. Oh and ... when I also have to attend a science lab with the latest student I'm supporting.
According to the blue marker pen letter, written inside the collar, this coat's an 'M'. On a 'man-sized' scale too I reckon.
Only I'm not.
The sleeves are so long that I've had to fold them back several times ... so I'm pretty sure that I'm looking as casually-chic as a model in a GAP advert.
Either that or like a toddler playing dress-up as a scientist.
Slightly self conscious about hovering around my student while she works I focus my gaze on the experiment being demonstrated and sink my hands into the coat pocket.
There's a pen in there and my fingertips detect the rough texture and irregular surface of a lid that's been chewed.
And it's not my pen.
I quickly let go and make a note-to-self to keep my hand out of that pocket for the rest of the morning.
Last week, when on my first visit to this lab the tutor asked: "So, what's your background?" my immediate and only reply was: "Not this".
And I wasn't exaggerating.
I look around and realise that, bar my student's plum-coloured nail varnish and a bag of sugar over there on the scales ... almost everything else in this environment is foreign to me.
- All the need for accuracy is alien to me -- I use my ruler as a straight-edge ... hardly ever to actually do something as boring as 'measuring'.
- And the machines look so complex I can't even make a guess (educated or otherwise) as to what you'd use them for -- my ATG gun and Big-Shot are the only machines I need to use for work! [Although, to be fair, have you ever tried putting in an ATG tape refill? That's been know to take up 2 whole minutes of my crafting time!]
- And there isn't a dusty old book nor an opportunity to roll a well crafted phrase around your brain in sight -- like I say, my experience is definitely 'not this'.
... it seems rather appropriate that this lab coat simply doesn't fit me.
Well, that's my moment for January. Don't forget to visit Alexa's to catch-up on some more moments from around Blogworld.
I'll see you soon.