The Hard Workers
I was very impressed to see that many MLML pets have extremely strong work ethics! From reading scientific papers to coding to helping with coursework, these pets have been hard at work making valuable contributions to the scientific community over the last year.
It probably comes as no surprise that not all MLML pets are fully dedicated to their work. In fact, many of them seem to have slept their way through the entire pandemic! Oh to be a fuzzy animal sound asleep next to your frantically working owner...
Some MLML pets are scholars. Others are nappers. In this community we love all pets, but we cannot pretend that they are all as concerned with our work as we are. Which leads me to our final group of MLML pets... the distractions. These pets are known to interrupt Zoom meetings, bark on conference calls, and walk on top of keyboards while their owners are on tight deadlines. But it's hard to stay mad at them when they are just so dang cute!
As I write the closing words for this blog post, my cat Honey is sound asleep on the chair next to me. Thinking back over the past year spent working from my kitchen table, beyond the seemingly never ending Zoom calls and stressful Covid cancellations, what I will remember most about this pandemic phase of my grad school experience is Honey's steadfast companionship. She has joined me in meetings, sat on my lap as I wrote grant proposals, watched me process data, and always had a purr or two ready when I needed them most.
Not to get overly sentimental on a silly school blog post about pets, but I am immensely grateful for this sweet cat and the many other MLML pets featured in this post. I hope you have enjoyed seeing their photos as much as I have enjoyed compiling them. So until the end of Covid and our eventual return to normal office/lab life, enjoy this extra time with your pets! I know I will.