It isn't ready to go!
The first thing I had to acquire was a CO2 gas tank. Oh boy was that a comedy of errors. I called on Monday and got a newbie who took the order and said they'd deliver it on Tuesday.
Once that was secured then I called up the sales rep for the incubator who was going to set the thing up for us so it would run at peak efficiency and not suddenly snap free and roam the halls trying to eat up any loose bacteria (a real concern with these new models I tell ya). She was going to drop by on Wednesday, sure it was the same day we had to get cells but she said she just needed to get into the lab and could handle it on her own.
Then Tuesday came and around 10 I got up to the lab to a very confusing sight. Instead of leaving a new CO2 tank as I'd requested as well as a metal stand for one they just came and replaced our old CO2 tank on the big bacteria incubator and put the new metal stand on that one.
So I got on the phone begging and pleading with the gas company to please please turn around and give us what I'd ordered. Well luck was on my side and this showed up in the right room all secure and ready to go: Despite all the head desk slamming and hair pulling yesterday came together. While the sales rep set up the incubator someone brought the cells to us (still couldn't get a car) and we all went out and had a nice lunch.
Thank God the boss is back today so hopefully we'll have no more little surprises awaiting me next Monday. (Someone find me some wood to knock on!)
I had no idea that being bossless was like being picked out of the audience to be the ring leader at a three ring circus. You just hang onto that tigers tail til it finally wears out or turns vegetarian.