Sunday, July 29, 2007
UPDATE: Itsy bitsy teeny weeny navy polka-dot bikini :-)
Friday, July 27, 2007
Me on the raft:
Okay, so the "rapids" weren't that rapid:
Though obviously I can't show you the best rapids because that's when I was paddling (and I wasn't about to pay $22 for the professional picture), these aren't too bad:
Getting ready for "rodeo" - in about another minute, I'll be in the Colorado River:
And there it is (brrrr!):
Well, I had paid the car insurance bill. I mailed it with the mortgage and the phone bill on the 13th, before I had left for Colorado. On the 25th, NONE of those three checks had cleared. And our car insurance was canceled. WTF?
So Matt called the insurance company and paid with his credit card over the phone, and I paid the phone bill online (there's a fee for doing so, which is why it's one of the few that we don't normally pay online) and put a new mortgage check in the mail. Then Matt had Bank of America put "stop payments" on the original three checks.
Well, here's where it goes beyond annoying. One of two things happened to the checks - either they were lost somewhere in the postal system (but the birthday cards I mailed at the same time still got to where they were going), or they were stolen en route. Assuming the second, if we hadn't put in the stop payments, someone could have fraudulently cashed the checks, and Bank of America would have had to refund us the money (over $2500) per their account agreement. By catching the error and putting stop payments on those checks, we prevented this situation from happening. And Bank of America charged us $30 per check for it.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Pretty nifty, huh? :-) I know, I'm SUCH a nerd!
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I descended into the bowels of hell, I mean, Wal-mart, and dropped off my camera from the rafting trip this morning to get the pictures put on a CD. So I'll have those tomorrow, yay!
I took my car in for an oil change and new spark plugs yesterday morning. As soon as I got back on the highway, the check engine light came on and the car wouldn't accelerate smoothly. SO I had to go straight back (and by straight back I really mean in a 5-mile circle). Turns out one of the spark plugs wasn't firing (although you couldn't tell from looking at it) and they had to put a new one in. Bleh. I guess it was okay in the end though.
Um, that's about it. I'm so boring this week. Next week will be better, I promise! Stick around.
I'm finding my way back to sanity again
Though I don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there
Monday, July 23, 2007
Hiking up Snowmass Mountain...yes, that *is* snow in the background:
They don't call 'em The Rockies for nothing:
Part of the awesomest path lab group:
Mmm, pizza before the concert:
Yes, that would be the Average White Band:
Always be prepared for crazy Colorado weather:
"The gang" out in downtown Aspen on Friday night:
Dinner at Su Casa:
Two opponents and one teammate in Aspen:
The ghetto-fabulous winners:
Trevor gets "yo' momma" joke advice from Josh and Ted:
Dean and I would not be this happy the following day when United canceled our flight:
With roomie Bernadette:
And apparantly, the following is what happens when you ask someone to hold your camera for you (ahem):
Sunday, July 22, 2007
So...28 hours of path lab, 8 lectures, and three poster sessions. I think I learned some stuff. And it was pretty cool as well.
I also went with 40-ish other people for margaritas, hiked most of the way up Snowmass Mountain, went rafting on the Colorado River, saw the Average White Band (!), went to downtown Aspen for mexican food and pool, hot-tubbed and got my groove on on the dance floor. I'd say it was a pretty good week.
EXCEPT for the travel. So, I already wrote about last Sunday and the fallout from my flight time change. Well, I had to fly standby on my flight from Denver to Dulles today as well. I got into Denver right around noon and went to Quiznos with another girl from the same flight. As I'm walking back, sandwich in hand, my 3:31pm flight that, as of 15 minutes ago was leaving from gate B39, is now canceled. I and another guy from the workshop are both supposed to be on that flight, so we go to the United counter to see what's going on (and wait in line for a very long time). They tell us that they can get us to *Philadelphia* today, but the earliest they can officially rebook us to anywhere in the DC area (Dulles, Reagan, or BWI) is tomorrow afternoon. Ugh. So we're on the standby list for two of the next three flights (1:25 and 6:55, there was no way we were going to take the midnight flight). Amazingly we both get on the 1:25 flight. But seriously, this is the first and last time I fly United.
Anyway, I'll get some pictures up tomorrow. I'm still slightly on MST so even though I went to bed reeeeally late last night, I'm still not super tired at the moment.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The bright side is that I did get a seat on the 12:15 flight, and because I was originally supposed to have a three hour layover in Denver, we landed and I still had 35 minutes to get off the plane (and of COURSE I'm in row 30), get my boarding pass printed, and get from gate B25 to B59. Moving walkways were my best friend today.
So here I am now, and I have a little over two hours before we get underway. I'll try to get the wireless internet working tonight (haven't tried yet but I think all I need is a code from the front desk) so I'll hopefully be posting throughout the week (MST).
Saturday, July 14, 2007
So, I was the last one out of the lab three days running (and I do mean *last* as in later than Byungwoo, who is a little too dedicated to science and is usually the last person to leave every day). But, the stupid thing (see post below with bar graph) finally worked with the new control. Jason helped me test the old one, and sure enough there was twice as much of the old "control" in one set of cells as there was in the other. Rawr rawr rawr. But at least we're going to get a short communications paper in JID from all this, yay! And I finally have a gene to work with, yay! I bought Jason a donut to thank him for saving my sanity.
I finished all my poster slides (18) and printed them before I left last night. So I just have to mount them today and then that's all done. I was up pretty late last night doing stuff around the house (laundry, bills, etc) and I still have a ton of stuff to do today too - in addition to the regular pre-trip stuff I have to make two desserts for our pastor's family and make the house presentable enough for Matt McHugh to come stay a couple days next week. I'm planning on making lemon-blueberry pound cake and white chocolate-raspberry mousse cups.
Oh, I picked up my new shoes from payless yesterday. The woman at the counter at the Kentlands store hates her job, I think. I had actually seen the black ones in the store, but it was BOGO sale time and I couldn't find anything else in my size that I liked, so I ordered online. And I can always manage to find a coupon for a couple bucks off too. I really love the new American Eagle line they have now...I've bought 4 pairs of AE shoes already (all flats, coincidently).
Speaking of ordering online, I ordered my dad's birthday presents this week. I ordered them both from amazon.com, but when I got to the checkout it turned out that one shipped from amazon.com and one shipped from an amazon.com merchant, so I couldn't use the order total to qualify for the free "super saver" shipping. Thus, I had to pay two separate shipping charges! Ugh. At least it'll get there on time.
Let's see, nothing much else that I can think of at the moment...my head still feels a little fuzzy. I'll be almost guaranteed to have internet while I'm away so I'll try to post some updates this coming week!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I know, the image quality sucks. But it says "Ninja Dave, We will miss you. But we might not realize you're gone right away. You're very stealthy."
My daughter is 5 years old and has, like most girls her age, a hamper's worth of stuffed animals. While she has her favorites, she constantly wants more and usually connives to get someone (read: her grandparents) into procuring a new one every couple of weeks. The new one immediately becomes her favorite and she must sleep with it every night and haul it around half the day. My question is: Does this behavior indicate she'll be overly promiscuous as an adult, or at least unable to commit to a single partner?
—Perhaps Overly Worried Father
Of course that's what it indicates. You'd better start thinking now about what you're going to do when she's a young woman and throws over that big, chubby guy with the annoying laugh, Barney, for the sexually ambiguous Tinky-Winky, whom she then dumps for that moron, Elmo, who every time they come over asks you to get down on the floor and tickle him.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I tore a contact lens on Friday. My contact lenses are monthly, so if I went on to the next one in the box I'd be a month behind. So I took the box (with the prescription on it) to the optician today.
Me: Can I order a single, replacement contact lens?
Optician Guy: Sure, do you have your prescription?
Me: (Hands him the lens box)
OG: No, we need your prescription.
Me: Isn't that the prescription on the box?
OG: Yes, but we need the written doctor's prescription.
Me: (blank stare)
So I go to the optometrist, to get a copy of my prescription on file.
Me: Can I get a copy of my current contact lens prescription?
Receptionist: (spells my name wrong, can't find it, finally gets my file via SSN) There's a 48 hour turnaround, do you want to come back and pick it up or have it faxed?
Me: 48 hours for a piece of paper in my file??
Receptionist: Well, we have to go pull it from medical records.
Me: (blank stare)
So now, I won't have my written doctor's prescription and be allowed to order my contact lens until Thursday, and it usually takes 4-5 days for it to come in. Oh, and I'm leaving town Sunday. So I won't actually have the lens until the 23rd.
But at least I'm not ABUSING EYE CORRECTION.
China to former head of food and drug agency: No you can't have life. Not yours.
Gonzales to Senate intelligence committee, circa 2005: No you can't have truth. Not yours.
I'm horrible, I know.
Monday, July 09, 2007
So we keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change
~Giving and Sharing: The !Kung and the Ju/’Hoansi
~Herbal Remedies for Anxiety and Depression
~Malaria: African vs. Western Medicine and Development
~The Meaning of Kinship in African Healing and Health
~A Multi-Cultural Examination of Wedding Ceremonies and Rituals
~Kinship Structure and Its Functions in African Healing Rituals
~Analysis of Ancient Greco-Roman Women’s Cults: Isis and Bona Dea
~Creativity and Stephen King
~Conquest and Collapse: The Imminent Failures of the British Economic System in Africa
~Ideology versus Implementation: An Analysis of Tanzania’s Post-Independence Economic Difficulties
~Symbolism and Functions of Labyrinths in Early Christian Worship
~"God, Gold, and Glory” – Motives of Imperialism
~Chinese Censorship and the Banning of “To Live”
~Medical Ethics: “To Clone or Not To Clone” and Other Questions
No English papers? That's why I took children's lit!
And how much of that body of knowledge do I actually still use? Big fat zero, sparky. Liberal arts education at its finest. Although it might occasionally be useful in Trivial Pursuit.
I think I'll try going to bed again.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
This is going to be the funnest vacation EVAR!
Friday, July 06, 2007
Okay, happier thoughts. Um...
Okay, my Old Navy order was actually delivered today. And I got the gas tank I needed at work.
Well, that's all I got. They say that in order for someone to believe they had a good day, they need seven good things for every bad thing. So, I figure I need about 40 more good things. Everyone start ponying up.
UPDATE: Okay, I took care of one for you guys - made dessert to take to mom and dad's tomorrow; I was nervous while it was in the oven because the reviews (that I only read after it was in the oven...what, it had 4.5 stars overall!) said that the chocolate chips all sunk to the bottom, the cake stuck to the pan, it was kind of oily, etc. Looks like it came out okay though. Seriously though, you guys are still on the hook for the other 39. Oh, the cake? Orange and dark chocolate chip pound cake.
Why? Because only two of those bars are supposed to be down (and thus red). Especially the last one, should absolutely not be down. I've done this I don't know how many times, and I *cannot* get the damn confirmation.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Monday, July 02, 2007
So, Clinton obstructs justice over a blowjob, and we impeach him. Libby obstructs justice over the outing of a CIA agent, and Shrubya says "Yeah, he's guilty, but I'll toss his jail sentence anyways."
Well, at least that's basically what he said by commuting the prison sentence instead of pardoning him. I think that's actually worse than a pardon. I mean, if you're gonna give the rest of the country the finger, at least have the balls to do it 100%.
This has got to be just about the most corrupt, non-democratic government in the history of the country. We're so FUBAR, I don't even know what to say anymore.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
If you're interested, give us a call and we'll figure out where to meet you!
~ The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
~ Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
~ Lisey's Story by Stephen King
~ The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (and apparently Matt says I'm not allowed to read this one until I read Brimstone and Dance of Death, which we already have)
Good thing I'm a fast reader :-)