Finally back to the lab, and starting the work with something really simple: separation of copper salts (mainly copper cyanide and bromide) from the reaction mixture with aqueous ammonia solution. 

The reaction products are in the bottom dichloromethane layer and the inorganic, mainly copper salts are in the upper aqueous phase. The deep blue color is caused from the tetraamminecopper(II) bromide complex what formed during the reaction.

Interesting fact: it is widely known that tetraamminecopper(II) ions have a deep blue color, while the copper(I) ions have no color. If you place metallic copper into a solution what contains copper(II) ions, the color of the solution will fade, due the copper(II) ions are reduced into colorless copper(I) when the react with the copper metal. So: Cu(II) + Cu = 2 Cu(I)

Oh my, retirement.

I’m going to just go start calling her the ex.

Ex told me to bring my retirement paperwork to our next public sit down. She consulted her lawyer yesterday (she’s already retained; I haven’t because I was under the impression she wanted to be “amicable.”

Missouri doesn’t divide retirement for teachers because it is public and not private. Yay me, right?

But it can be considered in a divorce and brought in.

Which is what the ex wants.

Which would be half of $60,000.

Yay. /sarcasm

From day to day chemistry often surprises me. In this case I performed the same reaction as yesterday, the only difference was that I worked with a compound what was modified with an extra carbon atom. When I added the lye solution the upper water phase suddenly turned blue.

The problem is, that oxidation of ferrocene compounds produces deeply blue colored Fe(III) ferrocenium cation, which forms water-soluble salts, so probably a small amount of my compound decomposed. 

“(Left) My family members all live separately. My mom, dad, older sister, and myself are all separate. I haven’t seen my mom since I was five years old. My mom and dad felt bad for me, so they didn’t get a divorce, but this year they said they’re going to. I don’t know where I should go. I don’t like living with mom or dad I never see.”
“So, who are you living with now?”
“(Left) I’m living with my aunt’s family. They are the family I’ve been living with ever since I was born. They cherish me as if I’m their own daughter. I call my aunt my mom. I’m not sure whether I’m going to take care of my mom or dad later when I grow up, but I will take care of my aunt. As people say, family bonds formed by parenting are stronger than those formed by birth. But that feeling makes my situation even more uncomfortable. Realistically I can’t even give her any money, so I don’t know what I should do.”

“(왼쪽) 가족이 다 따로 살아요. 엄마, 아빠, 저, 언니들 다 따로따로. 5살 때 이후로 엄마를 본 적이 없어요. 엄마 아빠는 제가 불쌍해서 이혼을 안 해오셨다는데 올해 하시겠대요. 전 어디로 가야할지 모르겠어요. 얼굴도 안 보는 엄마, 아빠랑 같이 살긴 싫은데…“
“그럼 지금 누구랑 살고 있어요?”
“(왼쪽) 이모네 가족과 살고 있어요. 제겐 태어났을 때부터 같이 산 가족이고 절 친딸보다 더 아껴주세요. 전 이모를 엄마라고 부르거든요. 나중에 커서 엄마, 아빠는 모르겠지만 이모 효도해드리려고요. 기른 정이 낳은 정보다 강하대잖아요. 그래서 마음이 더 불편해요. 현실적으로 제가 돈을 드릴 수 있는것도 아니니까 어떻게 해야할지 모르겠어요.”


Separation art work // I need these as tattoo’s tbh.

“I just want to try taking a family trip like other families do, mom, dad, and me. It makes me sad that we never tried to have a normal experience like that even once. That’s the one little selfish thing I want, but we can’t do it.”

“그냥 남들처럼 엄마, 아빠, 저 셋이 가족여행 한번이라도 가고싶은데 그 평범한 걸 한번 못 해보니까 서러워요. 그게 제가 가진 하나뿐인 작은 욕심인데 그게 안 되니까…”