Dear fellow bench scientist,
I cannot tell a lie. Dr. Washington is off today. But if you're working hard in the lab, either because your PI or your inner PI (you) requires it, Dr. Washington has a workaround. Sure, your Facebook friends are posting selfies with their President or El Presidente cocktails. But put down the beaker of despair (think of alcohol as just more glassware to wash) and take Dr. Washington's Instant Holiday.
First, open a tab on your laptop with this paper in case your PI walks by. (Hopefully your PI won't ask if you've just found your next journal club article).
Now think of something to look forward to this year. Since you don't actually get days off, perhaps you should imagine yourself at your next conference in an exotic location. For example, Philadelphia next December for the ASCB Annual Meeting. Seriously, Dr. Washington highly recommends this one—hot science, inspirational speeches, and all your competitors at your mercy in poster alley. Dr. Washington does not, however, recommend this one. Even if you're sporting something like this, you'll be in good company at ASCB (where mitochondria are always in good company). Perhaps while you're at the meeting you will share some of these fun #WHATSHOULDWECALLGRADSCHOOL conference experiences.
You can also try making your "to do" list seem a little more fun. If you have to do some editing, perhaps some undergrad lab reports or your labmate's MBoC paper, these might help. (And please email Dr. Washington if you have real reason to use the second to last lesser-known symbol).
If you're still feeling sad and lonely in the lab on Presidents' Day, here's a thought to cheer up any cell scientist. (Stop overanalyzing the comic! It has good intentions.)
Meanwhile, Dr. Washington is away from the lab right now with limited email connections. If there is something requiring immediate attention, ask that know-it-all down the hall.
—Dr. G. Washington, PhD