It was off to work for me again yesterday after an extended Christmas break. Zoli (the professor I work with) gave everyone off until January 7 because the campus was to be shut down with no heat, but he said in actuality they didn’t turn off the heat and it was hotter than usual in the building. Before we left for break, our last official get together was the group Christmas party. This was a lot of fun, with lots of conversation (some of which I could follow), a gift exchange, and insane amounts of food and drink. Given my slight frame and relatively low tolerance, I’ve learned to drink slowly and leave early.
Yesterday, on the first day back, we got a call in the lab at 3:30 PM that there was a gathering for wine in the breakroom. Sure enough, all the PhD students and advisors in the Novak and Kele groups were there, with a few bottles of red wine on the table. Where did they come from? Apparantly, they were gifts from the area VWR (a large chemical and lab supply company) sales rep. This doesn’t happen in the US (is it even legal?). They also received a VWR baseball cap (I’m guessing this was left from the US promotional items…).