So, something changed in me today.
I used the word buffer in an everyday sentence, in a text to my mom, and paused. I realized that the word has changed in meaning to me. What used to make me think of cushioning or padding, now makes me specifically think of pH balances.
And then later I went on a run. I got super sweaty, got back to my warm apartment, and was mentally willing the hydrogen bonds to break so that my sweat could evaporate and and cool me, take some of that heat with it in the form of kinetic energy. Apparently I actually latched on to my lesson about evaporative cooling.
What used to be a blockage of random numbers in my head now seems to be taking form.
…I think I might be starting to understand chemistry.