In the past I've always thought of the molecular work as a slightly amusing but extremely informative part of my research, but that all the fun stuff happens in the greenhouse and fieldwork. But today I found the little joy and motivation in the molecular work that I had been seeking all week in the greenhouse.
I've been thinking that the rhythmic lab work can be somehow soothing and regenerative. Sort of like the rhythm of rocking in a rocking-chair. Changing pipet tips, drawing-up buffers, dispensing to tubes, and repeating the process. It must be true that it's the little things in life that bring you joy.