It occurred to me today that a mere 18 months ago, I was working in the fascinating world of beverage manufacturing (okay, that may have been mildly sarcastic. Sorry guys, but to me it was never particularly fascinating... Although I suspect you may just have guessed that!), where I played with dead bugs and slime, and attended meetings where I took notes that said things like "CNCL spec due pubn 2/5" and "CO BWO up 17% on F07" and "Phosphatase neg 209583".
Somehow in the past 17 months, I've gone from that type of thing every day to spending nine weeks in South and Central America, moving not just out of home but 800km up the road from home, gotten a post-grad degree, and wound up working full time in a museum. And today I attended a meeting where I took notes that said things like "Tas - 3 tax'd kangaroos. 1 standing, 1 sitting, 1 crouching." and "Wildlife import permit required to transfer to ACT - Reg. to handle?? Check if G knows re dingoes" and "Cons. to test using light machine?"
And while it may still all seem cryptic and acronym-y, it couldn't be more different. And frankly, I'd rather play with taxidermied Taswegian kangaroos than with dead bugs and slime! They don't smell as bad for starters ;) And for THAT, I am eternally grateful. Now if only I could find a way to pick up the whole institution and relocate it to Melbourne... Hmmm...............