I feel like I'm actually learning what is going on in the lab as a whole. I've been wading through the papers my boss gave me to read and some of it is starting to make sense. Pieces of the big picture are falling into place in my brain. In the past I've had teachers who were so much smarter than me that when I asked a question their answer was still over my head. I've also had a subject matter go so far over my head that I didn't even know what to ask to try and understand what was going on. I came in not knowing much about what it was they are studying so I've been asking lots of questions and no one has made me feel stupid! It's amazing! They're able to bring it down to my level without talking down to me or making me feel like a complete idiot.
Also, science. SCIENCE! I am enjoying the specifics of my job, well learning them anyway. I'm getting to do more bench work, there's something about an automatic pipetter that makes me feel like a scientist. And I've got lab coats on order *squee!*
I've had jobs where the people were nice but the job was uninteresting. I tried to find a more interesting job and found one only to be be run off by the oppressive rule of crazy-boss. But now I've got an interesting job with a great group of people. I've been very lucky and I hope everyone on my f-list can catch a break this awesome.
Oh, and my ACen badge arrived in the mail today. I should really start to work out the logistics of that trip. I'm about twice as far away from Chicago as I used to be.