Tuesday, December 29, 2009
It is FANTASTIC. I've always heard about the tragedy that surrounded the Kennedy family, but to read Ted's feelings during it all made me feel like I was there. A family of 9 children - 2 died in plane crashes, 2 were assassinated, one was mentally challenged and doctors convinced the Kennedy's a lobotomy would help her - leaving only 4 to properly grow old together.
Ted's stories about campaigning for his brother Jack for the 1960 presidential election were great. My favorite was Ted going to a rodeo and convincing the crowd to vote for his brother by staying on a bareback bucking horse for 6 seconds. Reading about the assassination of Jack made me cry. Lyndon Johnson's efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act for which Jack had laid the foundation was amazing to read about, almost made me feel like I was there. It amazes me that it was only passed in 1964 and changed the US so much that we are now living in a different country. A better country. There were so many other bills passed that were part of the Civil Rights Act that I didn't even realize were necessary. States used to be able to charge a poll tax, making people pay to cast a vote, preventing the poor (and often minorities) from bothering to voice their opinion on who they wanted to represent them. Ted spearheaded the passing of that law, preventing states from making people pay to vote. The stories of Ted and Bobby working together in the senate, representing Massachusetts and New York, respectively, were wonderful stories that showed how much fun the two of them had while expressing their LOVE of their country. When Bobby decided to run for president, two major parts of his campaign were ending the war in Vietnam and Civil Rights. Bobby was in Indianapolis the night that Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated. He was speaking to a group of minorities and his advisors told him to not announce the Dr. King had been murdered. Bobby did not agree and told the group the horrendous news. He then championed them to rise above violence and bring about civil rights through peace. Riots broke out all over the country that night, but not Indianapolis. Bobby's assassination two months later really tore Ted apart, making him retreat into his work.
Following the Civil Rights battles of the 1960's, Ted's major cause was healthcare. It is a shame that he is not still alive to see the efforts being made to pass healthcare reform, but he knew that Obama was going to make every effort possible to make it happen.
I loved this book. I recommend.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- "That makes sense. Why couldn't YOU have been our teacher for [insert course name here]?" They have said this for more than one course. They actually say this a LOT.
- "I've been taught PCR before, but that was the first time I understood it."
Alright, I'm out. But those two really make me feel good. Especially the PCR one. I know that PCR is tough, and I worry that I will talk over their heads. But for PCR, I didn't! I'm really enjoying teaching, I really think I'm getting the hang of it, and on Thursday I get to talk about Amino Acids and Proteins (my favorite!).
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I arranged all the flowers myself, and ordered the flowers from SunKing Wholesale Flowers. I ordered 250 assorted white roses for $169. Yes, that works out to about $0.67/rose. Yes, that is an incredible deal and too good for me to pass up. The flowers were delivered on Wednesday for our wedding on Saturday. I put the flowers in three buckets of water and stored them in my parents air conditioned bedroom (which is the coldest air conditioned room in the universe, I swear).
On Thursday evening, my mom and I dethorned the roses (just used a pair of scissors and chopped off the sharp tips of the thorns) and removed most of the leaves.
On Friday morning I arranged my bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets. I just made circles around a center rose, for the bridesmaids bouquets I made two circles around the center rose and three circles for my own bouquet. I wrapped a rubber band around the stems at the base of the flowers, trimmed the stems so that they were all the same length, and wrapped the bottom of the stems with another rubber band. I then wrapped the stems with white ribbon, securing the beginning of the ribbon with the top rubber band and the bottom with a white headed pin.
Photo by Fetcho. Just to add to my secret to saving money, something I had forgotten about but it so obvious in this photo is my hair clip - which is an antique brooch I bought on ebay and used fishing line to attach it to a small comb. Total $12. :)
My mom collected small vases at garage and rummage sales all summer long (she spent less than $30 on all these vases, some more than others, some matched and some didn't), and I had 30 vases to use for centerpieces. Since I ordered SO many roses, I was able to add three roses per vase.
Our ceremony and reception were in the same room, so all the centerpieces were on a single table during the ceremony and my wonderful family placed the flowers on the tables after the caterer arranged the tables for the reception.
This is the table of flowers before the reception (photo by Fetcho):
I also lucked out with our caterer, Classic Cafe, Inc. The food was absolutely fantastic and they were by far the best price I've ever seen for a caterer.
I am still so excited to be married, and I had so much fun planning and making things myself and just being a DIY bride (and I miss being excited about getting those amazing deals and ideas). Now, I just need to get my act together and work on thank you notes!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In Adam's dream, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson impersonators crashed our wedding, and the Owen Wilson impersonator was a shark wearing a blonde wig with a deviated septum.
When Adam told me I laughed so hard I cried. It kinda makes me want someone in a landshark costume to crash our wedding.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The fight between Ross and Rachel starts at about 6:10 minutes, and my favorite part is at about 6:55 minutes.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
- Wedding planning! We're getting down to the home stretch 1 month and 1 week to go! I have made boutonnieres for the boys (which I want to post to show off what cool things I did, but haven't taken photos yet). I am working on programs, not completely sure how I want them to be yet - or how I want to arrange them - or what to include on them. I am also thinking about what other paper things I need to make for the big day. And I need to get yummies to put in the favor boxes. And I need to order the flowers - not a big deal, but I do need to order them, I love being low maintenance in that I just want white roses and I can order them from an online wholesaler for very cheap (works out to $0.67/rose). The only reason bridezilla is now present in my mind is because our "photographer" just informed us that his nice camera is broken and his plan was to take our wedding photos on a crappy digital camera. I would like to shove that camera to where the sun doesn't shine - or at least smack him over the head with it. But, I've asked someone with a fancy camera to save the day but if he cannot, I will try to see if I can rent a good camera for our "photographer" to use (and I will put "photographer" in quotes to describe him from now on because he no longer deserves the title of photographer). I'm also working on making a few other things, but they are top secret! Dress fitting was this morning - only a bustle and steaming and I won't get my dress back until 1 week 1 day before the wedding. Makes me a bit nervous, but, as the seamstress put it, less time for the dress to get wrinkled that way!
- I am working on a fellowship application. Luckily it's only 5 pages + 2 pages for figures and not including references. Spitting out a 5 page paper is a piece of cake, but being succinct and still getting the point across is difficult. I also need to write something about being committed to cancer research for the rest of my career (which I think every biochemist wants to be committed to cancer research, research just doesn't always go in that direction - when I started my PhD I was doing cancer research, at the end it was HIV drugs and laminopathies). And I have to finish it by mid-July to give time for boss to review because it's due August 12 and I will be on honeymoon until August 10. And my boss will be in China from July 30-August 12 (so perfect).
- I'm on the lookout for stories about animals kissing and other displays of affection. Also to be found by mid-July. If anyone knows of any cutsie animal PDA stories, I would love to hear them!
- Trying to think about honeymoon plans... anyone with must do ideas for San Francisco, I am all ears!
- Can I just say that 2009 is like the best year ever! With graduation and our house and our wedding, I may be a little bit crazy lumping it all in one 8 month period, but it really has just made this year incredible. Love it!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I've been in wedding planning mania mode and I don't want to be the type of girl that can talk about nothing but her wedding (though it is so much fun for me!). Everything's about ready, I need to order the beer and the guy at the liquor store is on vacation. I've been really crazy about looking at DIY blogs and such, getting ideas, and trying them out to only be disappointed that they don't look nearly as cool as on the blog. My most recent escapade was making tissue paper flowers - I don't know if I made it too small or just suck, but I'm not a fan (the original can be found at http://www.i-do-it-yourself.com/2009/04/diy-tissue-paper-carnations/). I was hoping to use these to decorate the stairs of the history center. I have toole to drape along the railing but am not sure what to use to secure the toole to the railing. So, I'm still looking since my tissue paper carnations suck.
I'm super psyched about our honeymoon - there's going to be a Georgia O'Keefe / Ansel Adams exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art (www.sfmoma.org) while we're there that I cannot wait to see! I've been letting my hair grow out for the wedding and it's driving me bonkers! It gets caught on all my bags when i put them on my shoulder - I'm not used to hair being pulled out of my head every time I use a purse! I will be begging my sister-in-law to chop it off on August 2! I cannot have my hair drive me bonkers all over San Fran!
Other than that, work is okay. I'm still frustrated, I don't think it will change. I have gotten more used to some things and other things are driving me more crazy. My boss still doesn't listen. The most recent moment in which I decided he's out of his mind was when he wasted $50 because he could admit that I was right but couldn't admit that he was wrong. I convinced him that ordering something other than what he wanted was better, but then he just ordered both. It's very unlike my old boss, who would NEVER waste money - not even $2, and had no problem getting input from the graduate students on what to order. We're the ones who do the experiments, shouldn't we get the materials that make the experiments easier??
The wonderful Dr. Isis has a super interesting post up right now about scientists and rockstars. GQ recently did an ad for Geoffrey Beane suits of scientists posing with rock stars (the Rock SOS campaign is for Geoffrey Beane to donate and increase funding and awareness for medical research, which I am totally behind, you can go to http://www.rockstarsofscience.org/ to sign the petition). There has been much speculation in the blogosphere about what wrong with the ad - specifically that the scientists are all white males - but Dr. Isis finally weighed in her opinion and, while I agreed with others, I think Dr. Isis really hit the nail on the head (http://scienceblogs.com/isisthescientist/2009/06/how_gq_got_it_all_backwards.php). The pictures are of scientists worshiping the rockstars instead of the rockstars worshiping the scientists. Or, maybe worshiping is the wrong word, how about rock stars recognizing the awesomeness that is contained within the scientists??
For not knowing what to say, I sure did babble on for a while!
Friday, May 22, 2009
This morning on my way to work, there was a turtle in the middle of the busy road leading to my neighborhood! I had to pull over to rescue the poor turtle before he got run over. He was very close to the yellow line in the middle of the road hiding in his shell, as I ran up he was sticking his little head out but stuck it back in as I got closer. I picked him up and moved him to the grass, petted him on the back of his shell, gave him a little talking to about not going in the street, and went on my merry way. I hope that turtle stays out of the street from now on!
This is not the first time I've been on a turtle rescue mission either. When I was much younger, my mom rescued a turtle in a parking lot by putting him in a box and then we drove him over to the river by our house. My brother was totally freaked out by the turtle (I think he was 6 or 7 and I was 9 or 10) and he wouldn't ride in the backseat with the turtle. That turtle was even bigger than the one I rescued today, and the one I rescued today was pretty big!
I did my good deed for the day, can I go home now? No? Get back to work? EH.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Seriously, random people, leave the big guy alone. He may be a big teddy bear, but he can turn on you in an instant, especially when you poke him!
On another note, we got Adam's wedding band yesterday. We went to dinner from the jewelry store and didn't want to leave the ring in the car, so he wore it to dinner. Seeing his ring on his hand was such a neat feeling for me, one I wasn't really expecting, but it really made me smile. 75 days! (No, I am not really counting down the days, theknot.com is, the last time I looked it was in the 80s and I don't remember what exactly)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Now, I'm not going to rant about the dealer anymore... but I will add one little thing about the guy sitting next to me in the waiting room. 1. Don't call someone and talk as loud as you can so that no one can hear the TV, even if you are speaking in a language no one can understand. It is rude, if you must call people, go to another room, or at least talk quietly. 2. Bringing a book to read is a great way to pass the time while waiting. Humming while reading, not a good way to pass the time.
At least my car is happy now... despite my crazy morning.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So I've rambled on, and at the end, I still don't know what the best way to fall is and I don't know how to prevent myself from falling so much.
Monday, May 4, 2009
AND, I booked our honeymoon! San Francisco watch out, we're coming for 6 days! Better be prepared to hook me up with some delicious WINE! And, if you really knew how to make me happy, you would have Grateful Dead music playing at some point during the week... whether it be a cover band or a side project by a member of the band, I would greatly appreciate it.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Ramble on Rose in Copenhagen 72 - not the amazing version of this morning, but it is great.
ANYWAY, I was working up data (which took about 5 hours today, totally awesome). The lab phone rang and I answered it. I'm glad I did because it was a job headhunter calling for me. I had to call her back not in the lab since she interviewed me. We talked for about 15 minutes about what I have done in my career (which isn't much) and what the company is looking for in a medical writer. A medical writer is not something I really considered doing, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't consider it, and I do think I'm qualified for it (I certainly am a bit nuts about proofreading, as I've mentioned before). And whether or not they hire me, that was such an awesome ego boost that they called me! I am not sure how they know about me, but I am really pumped that I was appealing enough to call, however they found me. But now I am waiting for this woman to email me her contact info so that I can email her my resume. And I'm starting to worry that she spelled my name wrong in my email address and that I'm not going to hear from her ever. Such an awesome awesome day. Ramble on Rose!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I digress... we also purchased lots of outdoor goodies from friends that are moving and so yesterday Adam had a great time mowing the lawn, weed wacking around the fence etc, sprinkling the lawn, and cooking on the grill. While he was doing all this, I was cleaning our bedroom. Something I have avoided since moving in and still had boxes to unpack. But, now that the bedroom is almost clean (just a couple of boxes left), I can set up the treadmill I bought at a garage sale for $30 this weekend! That's right, a $30 treadmill. I've been hoping that I would find one for years, and once I completely forgot, there it was! The display saying how fast you're going etc doesn't work, but it was a $30 treadmill, I can handle the display not working.
The only thing I have left to do outside is plant the grape tomato, zucchini, and yellow bell pepper plants I bought. I went to Lowe's, and they are now selling their plants in a peatpot. A biodegradeable pot that you just plant into the ground. That way you don't have to worry about shocking the plant with the transfer out of the plastic, plus it is so much better for the environment not having that plastic waste! Yay Lowe's! I have never had a garden before, so I'm just going to start out with these three plants and see how I do. Hopefully I do not kill them, because we will save lots o money not having to buy these veggies!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
From Payless Shoe Source, Predictions Hutton in Silver, $19.99
And from dsw.com, Caparros Kacey in Ivory Silk, $44.45 and after lots o coupons, $20.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
People come in and out of our lives every day. We often wish some would stay around longer, but regardless, we try to stay in touch. It is not often easy (though facebook makes staying in touch a little easier, as long as people actually use facebook), but at least keep email addresses around. Check in on how people are doing once in a while. And, when it comes to science, don't ever hesitate to ask for help. Old colleagues of mine have been EXTREMELY helpful this week. I am trying to start up a new project in my lab and I have called and emailed quite a few people asking for advice and protocols. Even free stuff (thanks to a certain someone who shall remain nameless working at a certain company that will also remain nameless)! Let me just say, I wish it was that easy to get free shoes!
So, a piece of advice: stay in touch with your old friends. And if they need help, give it. Someday you might need some in return. And since I've been doing so much taking this week: Does anyone need my help with anything??? I'm feeling a little selfish and would like to pay it forward. Maybe that's why the computer is being such a giant booger, because I haven't paid anything forward for all the help I have received... does anyone need anything??? :)
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
With the extensive photos from actual weddings and articles about just about everthing you could wonder about, the knot is a HUGE help. I have gotten lots of ideas (or vetoed a lot of ideas) from the wedding photos and the DIY section.
This site has a (free) seating program. The one in Brides Magazine was not free. Free is good. I'm not sure yet if I am going to have assigned seating, but I can work on how I would like the tables set up and where the different special tables will be (DJ, cake, gift, guestbook, etc). And if I decide to assign seats, it'll be a piece of cake!
They have a wedding music search. Type in an artist and it gives you a list of good wedding songs by that artist. They even have categories of when to play the songs (first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc).
With this site you can make a map with little icons for the hotel, ceremony site, reception site, etc. You tell the site addresses and it pulls them up in google maps. You then get to assign icons to the different locations. Center the map however you want, hit the 'print screen' button on your keyboard, paste into word or powerpoint, crop out what's not your map, and voila! you have a perfect map for including in your invitations!
We haven't yet figured out our honeymoon, but this website emails me every week the top 20 deals. Oh the possibilities!
and even though it's not a website, I have gotten really lucky by getting a little lost in Walmart (I am happy to say that I enter Walmart so often (rarely) that I get lost every time). I found clearance invitations and favor boxes that will probably end up saving me at least $100, if not more. I hate Walmart, but I could not pass up that deal! They required some dressing up and buying ribbon, but even still shopping at Walmart is saving me at least $100.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Somehow my dad got The Dead to play at our wedding. Following the ceremony, my dad was selling tickets at the History Center to the Dead show inside. My brother was selling magnets. My mom was selling oat patties.
I think I have created a monster by introducing Adam to Dark Star Orchestra. I LOVE IT!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I think I am hoping that by drinking coffee it will make the snow disappear. A hope that caused me to drink my coffee a little too fast and I missed my mouth. I now have a dribble of coffee down my shirt.
This is why I drink coffee first, get dressed later.
Friday, April 3, 2009
PhD Comics 1.30.2009
Now, we luckily are not going to have to serve ramen at the wedding, but this is hilarious just the same.
PhD Comics 2.9.2009
Ah, how your advisor becomes attached in a way that we all hope never happens...
Thursday, April 2, 2009
The first: We were getting married in one of the operating rooms at the hospital at which he works.
The second: We had karaoke at the reception and my dad was trying to sing 'Jump, Jump' by KrisKros.
Both of which will never happen, but I find them absolutely hilarious!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Carlos Santana Pounce Printed Satin Peep Toe Pumps $49.99 at smartbargains.com. How awesome are these shoes!? They're like tie-dye, but WAY better!
Zinc Cliff Suede Studded Wedge Sandal 39.99 at smartbargains.com. I am salivating over those colored striped heels!
The only problem with all of these shoes is that I would break my neck trying to wear them. Or wish my neck was broken so that my feet wouldn't hurt anymore. I need to focus on wedding shoes that I can wear instead of these super colorful beauties that I cannot wear. Sigh...
I also found out about this great website, www.weddingmapper.com, where you basically use google maps and then add little icons to the map for the different locations (a bed for the hotel, a bride and groom for the ceremony, a dinner plate for the rehersal dinner, an airplane for the airport). It's totally cute and great for making maps to insert in the invitations! Although, I just realized I didn't say which direction was north, and I've already printed everything...
The main thing I'm avoiding is addressing the envelopes. I just know I'm going to screw it up.
But once all the invitations are done, then I can work on making the favor boxes and silk flower boutinierres. And possibly silk flower corsages too. Then the bridesmaids and I will be the only ones with real flowers, but we're probably the only ones that care... we know boys won't even notice they're wearing flowers. That is, until the flower pin pokes them!
Everything is happening super fast and easily, and I'm waiting for something bad to happen. Maybe the only bad thing will be Beth getting caught trying to sneak down into the jail at the History Center to break the dummy out of jail. :) Cause I know she cannot resist at least trying...
Monday, March 30, 2009
This paper for review is loaded with typos and the sentence structure makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I understand that the English language is difficult and mistakes will be made, especially when trying to write science English, it's even more tough just because writing science is that much more tough. Usually I can decipher what someone is trying to write even if the sentence is awkward. This paper for review I could not figure out. The sentences made absolutely no sense and I could not figure out anything to make them make sense. I reread and reread and it was much more FUBAR than awkward. I discussed this is a colleague. He looked it over. Some of the sentences were really not too bad, I was just missing them through all the muck. Well, my colleague thought it was strange that there were good sentences in the muck and so he googled the good sentences. Lo and behold: the good sentences were copied word for word from other papers.
Now, as I said before, the English language is tough. I get that. This is why everyone needs to have a native English speaker at their disposal to proofread (anyone want to hire me to proofread?!?!). Reviewers that see lots of typos will just think you are sloppy and that your research must therefore also be sloppy. Not a good way to get your paper accepted. But to plagarize in the land of google, you're out of your darn mind. Period. You can type whole sentences into google and it will find them. I'm really astounded that this author thought that no one would figure out that he plagarized. The data is therefore perceived by the reviewer as completely unreliable.
The moral of my story: Google is the tool that people will use to find out if one plagarized. Google will give the plagarist away. Don't plagarize. Proofread. Proofread. Proofread.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Have I entered the wrong profession just because I am too social for other scientists to handle? Because if they cannot handle my laughing, maybe they should join in, they'd feel better.
I met a man with a wooden leg named Smith. Oh really, what was the name of his other leg?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We will be getting married at the FW History Center. It was originally a courthouse and was built in the 1890s. It is this awesome old building and our reception will be in the original courtroom - which is a giant room is 30-40 ft high celings and windows all the way up the wall. I am so excited about the place! I have a dress and 3 of 4 bridesmaids have dresses, the tuxedos have been picked out, and I cannot believe things are coming together so quickly! We have someone to marry us, we are meeting with our probably caterer this weekend, and if the liquor store reception booker man would call me back I could order the booze!
I am having a hard time finding the perfect invitation. And the perfect shoe. Both of which are, I think, going to be fun shopping for. But the invitation I need to shop for and find soon... and I keep having days like today, it's almost midnight and I'm still in the lab. I cannot shop for invitations or shoes in the lab. I can poke around on the internet, but I need to see things in person to make a decision. Since I want to print my own invitations, I have been on the look out for invitation kits. The Flower Factory had a kit that I liked, but they only had one and I need two! Of course. They had a kit that they had lots of and I did NOT like it. Sigh... I've heard of a few other places that are good and I will have to check them out... if the lab doesn't eat me alive.
Yesterday I was looking around the grocery store books because they were all 40% off. I know, books at a grocery store are very limited, but 6 years of working in a library means I gravitate to the books, especially when they're all 40% off. Now, I didn't purchase anything, but I had a good laugh. Have you looked at the titles of Harlequin romance novels lately??? Because they are HILARIOUS. I don't read romance novels, and those titles gave me one more reason why I don't. Lots of titles about defiant virgins and rich men. And one of the titles was so long that I couldn't read the whole thing... I got bored half way through the title and had to move on. And you know these titles were accompanied by a lovely cartoon...
I realize that Harlequin has been around for a long time, and those titles just make me think they're out of ideas of what to call their books...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I actually think I am beginning to enjoy proofreading. If anyone out there needs some fresh eyes on something they've written, send it my way! I am constantly searching for typos without even trying! I wonder if someone will hire me to search for typos. I could totally do it! And if anyone doesn't know what is wrong with my examples above, please ask, I would love to let you know and prevent a few grammatical errors from entering the universe!
Alright, I'm crazy, but I'm okay with it.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I found out yesterday that a postdoc that has been in the lab for over two years cannot purify protein and that the female graduate student in the lab has to purify it for him. For the research that we are doing, we CANNOT do anything without pure protein. Period. So, he could not do anything without this graduate student starting everything for him. To me, that is 1. very shady and 2. bullsh*t. It takes days to purify, and this poor graduate student spends days getting protein to give away, bull. The other thing about this postdoc, which makes this whole someone else purifying his protein thing even stranger, is that whenever anyone needs anything and he has it made, his response is "you can use it, if you trust it." Now, I think this is extremely strange in the simple fact that he wouldn't make the wrong thing and sabotage his own experiments. But it also makes me realize that he doesn't trust anyone else. YET he uses purified protein made by someone else. Granted, it's easy to determine its good protein because it wouldn't have any activity if it was bad, but what the heck. "if you trust it" is this postdoc's favorite phrase and it is annoying and rude. Maybe it is his way of preventing anyone else from using his stuff. It's still so strange.
And today, another crappy group meeting. But this time I got yelled at. Not really really yelled at, but yelled at enough to make me want to slug my boss. He does not listen to a word I say and then yells at me. And then I repeat myself and he says "whatever". His favorite f-ing word is "whatever".
I am being suffocated by a-holes that go around saying "if you trust it" and "whatever" with intermittent smoker's coughs and throat clears that make me sick to my stomach.
And, being the only American, and an American that pays attention to typos and grammatical errors, I am being tortured constantly. Do I correct my boss? Do I let it go?? Most of the time when I do correct him, he just says okay, but he even combats my corrections. I went to a Catholic elementary school, they start pounding grammar in immediately, I know what I'm talking about. ROAR!
I need a drink...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
i miss not having to ask questions about everything. i miss being the one people ask questions of. though, the rotato in my new lab asks me lots of questions. it helps.
here's a question story scenario. two of my new lab members are Chinese. one is very new to the US and his English is a little shakey, but he's learning. last week I went to lunch with the two of them (which is just upstairs when I bring food). when talking to me at the table, every word is in English. But random other Chinese people walk by and then they all start talking in Chinese. I do not understand and I am completely ruded out of the table. This has happened twice now, and I just get up and leave when I'm done eating. And I try to eat faster so that I can get up and get out of there. Is it okay that I just leave?? Should I say something about how annoying it is for a conversation to happen with me in the conversation circle that i cannot understand?? Or should I just stop going to lunch with them?? The new postdoc isn't going to get better with his English if he doesn't practice. And who better to practice with than a Chinese girl with good English and an American girl who only speaks English.
I am also not feeling as chippy and cheerful as I was in grad school (which may just be the biggest oxymoron ever). We cannot listen to music in the lab (torture) and everyone is really quiet (odd). I feel like I must be quiet too, but I am not very good at it. So, I break the silence, but I feel like I'm imposing on everyone. This is just not normal to me. The headphones come out a lot, which I found helpful forcing me to focus in my old lab. But still being in the question asking phase, I need to have my ears and I need everyone else to have their ears. Sigh...
Adam and I are really getting cracking with the wedding planning. I think we've found a place, we really need to find a caterer. Though I'm wondering about just getting GIANT subs from Subway... Anyway, I will be letting everyone know soon about the date, hopefully in the next week.
The dates we're looking at are 5 months away. theknot.com makes me feel like imploding with their list of things that should have been done by now. or maybe exploding, we'll have to see...
Monday, February 23, 2009
HeLa cells are a VERY commonly used cell line in cancer research. They are cervical cancer cells that were harvested from Henrietta Lack (hence HeLa) around 50 years ago. Cervical cancer was the cause of her death, but her cells have been used ever since. Her cervical cancer was the result of HPV, and these HeLa cells being used in many research labs still contain a large part of the HPV genome. I never considered getting the HPV vaccine, until now. I do not currently work with HeLa cells, but that does not mean that I won't in the future.
I will also add that I think this giant push for every teenage girl to get the HPV vaccine is insane. No one knows what the long term effects of the vaccine will be. Not to mention all the drama that exists around vaccines (autism) and whether or not they are good. I think that it is extremely important for babies, children, adults to be vaccinated, but I also think that a line needs to be drawn. There is a vaccine for chicken pox. Yes, chicken pox made for an uncomfortable week, but it is a week that everyone had to go through. If autism is really caused by vaccines, why why why risk children with a chicken pox vaccine?? I can understand adults who never had chicken pox lining up for a chicken pox vaccine, I would if I didn't get to experience the fun in fourth grade. Adults get it worse. Kids can handle it!
This was my HeLa cells public service announcement. I'm sorry it turned into a little bit of a rant about vaccines...
Friday, February 20, 2009
and a video of dso (box of rain into liberty):
box of rain is the last song jerry played. phil lesh (bassist) wrote it when his dad was dying.
someone recently asked me why i like the dead so much. my first answer was that my dad trained me to love it by playing it so much. but really and truly, the vibes that grow out of the music just pull me in. and if you cannot feel the vibes, i cannot explain the dead. you either feel is or you don't, and most people don't.
if you love the dead, you feel it. with every note. jerry was incredible. the beautiful sounds he could make come out of a guitar were amazing and he did it with only 9 fingers. man, do i miss jerry. chills and goosebumps all the time because of the music he could make come out of a guitar. love love love.
and dso does a pretty good job recreating the vibes.
Monday, February 16, 2009
But, as I work to get all my paperwork taken care of, I also have lots of learning to do in the lab. Everyone has been super duper nice and helpful. I am doing lots of things I've never done before, using equipment I've never used before, and all around I think I am going to become that much more marketable when I'm done here. The interesting (irritating) thing is that all of our notebooks are on computer. The boss and other labmates can look at everyone elses notebook at any time. While, in my old lab, anyone could look at my notebook at any time, I generally knew that they were. Now, the boss rearranges our notebooks, because he can, them being on the computer. Then he converts them to pdf. He even accidentally deleted some of my notebook things. And he told me I was doing it wrong, to look at everyone else's to find out the best way to set up my enotebook. This is trying my patience. I know I will have to suck it up and get used to it. This is how my new boss operates. It is so so so different than it was before, and this is probably good for me. It's really really really going to take some getting used to though. And I so miss writing in a notebook, I like my handwriting and enjoy writing. And using colorful pens. It would make me cringe whenever my phd advisor would write in my notebook, but at least she couldn't more the pages around, give them a new title, and put them in an entirely different folder.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"Girls Just Want To Have Fun"
If anyone wants to come over for an 80s movie night, I totally don't blame you! I'm looking forward to watching these movies whenever I want!! And they were only $4 each!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
I like to be in control. I am currently feeling completely out of control. I do not know how to regain control except to wait. I do not like to wait, especially when it comes to picking out insurance. I need control!!!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Adam is making a gut out of balloons and just popped the small intestine. Scared the crap out of Spunky too. He is teaching a surg tech class tomorrow on laproscopic surgeries. He's so fabulous!
Monday, February 2, 2009
he is so so so gosh darn cute. the last time I saw him was Christmas time, and I had my camera out to take his picture if he did anything cute. and oh did he ever:
eli up close and personal. not because i got close to him, but because he saw the camera and wanted to be as close to it as possible, apparently.
as if finally being a phd and finally starting to work on something new wasn't awesome enough...
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I'm really thinking out loud about how I should be. I'm starting a new job tomorrow, I need to be on my best behavior! And I need to think good thoughts about everyone. And maybe it will be contagious and then people will think good thoughts about other people too!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Whenever I meet someone who has never seen my favorites, I want to have an immediate movie night. So, I'm just going to say these are my favorites and absolute must-sees.
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn is so classic, and I love Moon River)
- Funny Face (Audrey Hepburn is so fabulous)
- When Harry Met Sally (Meg Ryan's fantastic way to order food is hilarious every time. Low maintenance vs. High maintenance??)
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer (so so corny, and yet..)
- Sleepless in Seattle (love love..)
- The Princess Bride (my name is inigo montoya...)
- Notting Hill (love love...)
- Cats and Dogs (maybe I think this is great because it stars a beagle... but he's so cute!)
- Tommy Boy (it makes me miss Chris Farley every time, but so so funny)
- School of Rock (it's kind of dorky, but it's great, and so many people need rock schooled and can sort of get it from this movie)
- Forrest Gump (it's a great movie, and a history lesson for those crazies who aren't into the 60s and 70s and should at least know a little bit about the time and protests of the war.. plus the music is FANTASTIC)
- Working Girl (the outfits are so incredible everyone should watch it, and a bonus: the story is good too)
- The Big Lebowski (you will laugh your head off. just be forewarned, the f-bomb is way overused in this movie. and this movie will make you want to drink white russians)
- The Lord of the Rings.
- Runaway Bride (just to see someone in the movies obsessed with Jerry and the Dead, so fabulous)
Alright, I think I should stop at 15. Go see them!! They are fabulous!!
Friday, January 30, 2009
I spent the night at a friend's house last night so I did not have to drive back and forth and waste all that time. I had a ridiculous dream last night:
My friend's fiance came in to ask if I wanted to sleep another 30 min. I didn't respond, I didn't feel like it I suppose, so he took that as a yes and left. What felt like a half an hour later, I woke up to look at the time. Literally. It was 1:30 in the morning.
I think I'm losing it. Or I was. I'm done, I've found it, and I'm not going to lose it anymore.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Ok, yesterday my enter key wasn't working very well. Today, my space bar isn't working very well. What theheck isgoingon?? See! I didn't fixit! So strange...
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
My stomach is all tied up in knots and I've been awake for three hours already today. More coffee anyone??
I cannot believe today is finally here, it was not too long ago it felt like this day would never come, and now it is here!
so, to help with the calming of my nerves, i visited a shoe i am in absolute love with (if only it wasn't so tall and i wouldn't break my ankle attempting to walk while rocking these beauties)
Naughty Monkey Side Swiped in purple $35.10 at 6pm.com. oh they are so so pretty...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Slow speak, slow speak, slow speak..........
and, a shoe:
Chinese Laundry Trenton in Dark Teal, $35.10 at 6pm.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I will say that as I've written my thesis, I really feel like I am leaving the lab (and the person taking over my project) with an awesome start to answering lots of questions. I almost wish I could stick around to work on these things (haha). There's just a lot of questions that I've realized I'm closer to finding the answer to than I originally thought. I have always loved my project, and now that I'm coming to the end of it and handing it over to someone else, I might just love it even more.
And, I'm half-watching the inaguration eve stuff (I cannot believe tomorrow is finally here and we will finally have a new president, long overdue). This inauguration eve stuff looks like new year's eve stuff! people outside bundled up in the freezing cold, screaming with excitement, it looks like new years eve, which i suppose inaguration day is like a new 4-years eve. anyway, it's awesome.
and now that we can finally say bye bye to GWB, I will just say what I've been thinking for months: I have been wanting to sing "He's Gone" by the Grateful Dead on GWB's last day in office. I'll post it one day early:
Rat in a drain ditch
Caught on a limb
I know better but you know him
Like I told ya
What I said
Steal your face right off your head
Now he's gone
Now he's gone
gone he's gone
like a steam locomotive
rolling down the track
nothing's gonna bring him back
Thank goodness. Bye GWB, Nothing's gonna bring you back.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
And, as I have learned from Dr. Isis, I am going to end this post with an Open Letter:
An Open Letter to the Janitor:
If I am wearing gloves, frantically adding lots of liquids to tubes, doing many things that require much focus, do not try to talk to me. I am busy. I cannot give you any attention, much less the undivided attention that you require because you have a very thick accent. I do not need to hear about how big your ass is or how much you hate the weather because it makes a mess on your floors. My thesis is due tomorrow and I'm not going to sleep tonight. Maybe on your planet that means you should bother me, but on my planet that means go away. I have to get back to work. And if you don't get out of my way I will trample you.
Seeree PhD in one week.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Shakeup by Steve Madden $59.99 at stevemadden.com
Friday, January 9, 2009
1. Cerave. Available in a lotion or cream, and is supposed to have healing ability as well as moisturizing. It has no scent and helps when it seems as though nothing else will. This was recommended to me by my dermatologist for my ecsema issues (to use something besides a steroid that thins my already sensitive skin).
2. Burt's Bees Thorougly Therapeutic Honey and Grapeseed Oil Hand Creme. Your skin will suck this up like a marathon runner sucks up water. And then everyone will ask "What smells like apple pie??" There's nothing wrong with lotion that smells like baked goods.
3. Olay Quench. It's fabulous, and I've seen it recommended on TV shows too.
4. Aveeno. Everything by Aveeno is great. I really just recommend all their lotions (not their face wash, it didn't do what I needed, but lotions they know).
Like my mother before me, I must try all lotions to deal with all these skin issues, and therefore, I can be your guinea pig.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I wish Mary Poppins could teach me how to snap my fingers and put my stuff away! And make my thesis format itself!
Back to work!