I'm thrilled that my brain is actively engaging and I'm really learning about what my lab is studying rather than becoming a mindless drone. For that matter I'm just thrilled that I'm learning. It's fulfilling on a level I've never experienced before with a job. I get to use my brain! There was some resistance at first, I had to struggle to remember some basic math because I hadn't done it in so long, but things are coming back much easier now. Hopefully I can keep up the momentum, I might even take a class or two.
I'm actually kind of thankful for all the crap I went through in the last couple of years. It all heavily influenced the decisions that put me in the right place, at the right time, with the right qualifications. Yeah, it would have been nice to have gotten a job when I first started looking back in October. I might have even been happy, but thinking back on the interviews I doubt I would have been as happy as I am now. I'm going to do my best not to screw this up.