For the past two weeks, I’ve been resuming cloning projects that I began several months ago while pregnant.
There are three things wrong with the above sentence:
- Resuming any project after several months can be difficult.
- Resuming cloning projects, which are tedious time-sucks amounting to a single sentence in publications (if you’re lucky), is a huge headache.
- Resuming cloning projects begun while pregnant, tired, and nauseous is damn near impossible.
My one saving grace is that I took excellent notes during my pregnancy. Even though a few things slipped my mind – like labeling the top of a freezer box tube “#61” instead of “#71” – my notebooks and strain logs are complete and organized enough to figure out what I’ve already done, saving me valuable time. So I only sort of want to shoot myself in the head right now.
Moral of the story – maintain your lab notebooks and strain logs, especially if you plan on getting knocked up.