Okay, as promised, the post-move-in update: I’m out of the dorm and into a nice summer sublet in eastern Cambridge, about a 15 minute walk/5 minute bike from work. I’m not posting a lot of pictures of the place because I want to respect the privacy of the usual tenants. My favorite features are the balcony right outside my room (where I spent much of Memorial Day weekend reading The Sandman) and the cute little backyard with some lovely flowering trees and a charcoal grill. It’s also just nice to have a living room where people can hang out.
Accompanying the move, I’ve transitioned into full-time lab work, which has been awesome! Experiments are making progress, and I’m becoming more integrated into the lab, as a superuser on the carbon nanotube growth furnace and now on the manual transfer stage (that’s a lot of jargon…just smile and nod, or ask me about it later). Spending a lot of time in the cleanroom isn’t necessarily a lot of fun in the long term, but I’m still enjoying learning new things, and I’m excited about getting our experiments up and running. I also volunteered to give next week’s condensed matter journal club, since my MPhil research was recently published in Nature Physics. We’ll see how that goes…
Elise also came to visit last weekend, which was really fun. We took the ferry out to Georges Island (no apostrophe) in Boston Harbor, which has a Civil War-through-WWII era fort, and also seabirds (more importantly for Elise).
Other things that I didn’t take pictures of: we celebrated physics G1 Delilah’s birthday with board/card games, beer, brownies, and cake last night (two desserts because Sasha and I both got or made something without mentioning it to the other…), which was cool. I have a few recipes queued up to post about, mostly without pictures. Generally, I haven’t been doing anything too exciting, just enjoying living with people and having a bit more outdoor space.