Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's official

The chair of my thesis committee got back to my advisor today saying that what we had sent the committee looked like a lot of work (it was!) and that he was fine with proceeding. So other than finishing this last experiment I've been working on for most of the month, I don't need to do anything else and I can start writing things up.

I think I was so prepared to hear that there was something else that needed to be done, that it all hasn't quite sunk in yet? I don't feel any differently from yesterday.

But I bought some cute sweaters from Old Navy to "celebrate" anyways. Which just so happened to coincide with the fact that they're offering double reward points this week.

Now if someone would just give me a job...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's Gogh time

Oh ho ho, I made a funny!

I finished my other cross-stitch project (the one with a deadline). We're going to Michaels after church tomorrow so I can buy the stuff for my Van Gogh cross stitch! I'm so excited :-D


I mean, *A* first. As in, the first time in my life I've ever had multiple job applications submitted at once. I'm so grown up.

So, I've applied for the NIH/NCI tech transfer fellowships, an analyst position with the American Chemical Society, the licensing position at George Mason, and a medical marketing writer position at Qiagen. Which made several people ask if we were moving overseas, hehe. Qiagen does have a number of overseas offices (in 12 other countries) but they also have US offices in California and in Gaithersburg, about 3 miles from our house. So no, we're not moving anywhere :-)

I wanted to take a nap (I'm still trying to catch up from a horrible night of sleep Thursday night) but I figured it would behoove me to finish the draft of my thesis committee update instead. We're planning on sending it in on Monday. I haven't had any graph updates lately because the last experiment, which theoretically could have been done in a total of eight days, hasn't been going so well. I suppose it was a little too much optimism to think that something just MIGHT work the first time I tried it.

Recorded a chapter about prokaryotes today, and we're going to a birthday party in like an hour.

Also, Firefox's dictionary didn't have the word "prokaryotes" in it. It suggested I change it to "eukaryotes" or "protestants." Ha!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yes, yes, and yes

From an article on birth order: "As a result of a stricter upbringing, for example, firstborn children tend to be more extroverted and confident, while second-born kids are more rebellious and open to new experiences, he says. The youngest child is usually the most creative and can be manipulative to get his or her way."

Sounds right to me. Link.

Someone please pay me

I'm really rather nice, and I don't smell bad or anything!

Hehehe. I just submitted my postdoctoral fellowship applications to the NIH and NCI tech transfer offices. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The country will get better

With all the rhetoric and finger-pointing going on in the final run-up to the election, I thought I'd go all moderate and point out a few things I'll be happy about regardless of who wins the election.
  • Expanded funding for stem cell research
  • Executive branch repudiation of torture as an interrogation technique
  • The likely closure of Guantanamo Bay
  • An agreement on nuclear non-proliferation
  • A healthy focus on climate change, including a cap-and-trade system for limiting greenhouse gas emissions
  • Renewed emphasis on volunteerism
  • Increased funding for cancer research
  • A move towards electronic patient records
  • An agreement on the need to shift military focus to Afghanistan
  • An overhaul of the Veterans Affairs system
  • A likely repeal of No Child Left Behind
  • An agreement that Warren Buffet is the smartest man to run the US Treasury, and if asked I hope he takes the job


Like grumblecakes, 'cept tastier. Funny Face McCain. (from the final debate).

Yes, it's real.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


We're never been to a bed and breakfast before. But we're going to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, and we needed a place to stay, so I did a little research, and now we're staying here. Specifically, here. Should be a neat trip!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I keep hearing on the radio about how consumer spending is down. One "statistic" is that we're projected for the worst holiday spending season in 20 years. It bothers me, and here's why:
People's previous spending levels were based not on how much they could afford, but on how "rich" they felt on paper.
When times were good, when people had flush 401k accounts and huge sums of equity in their houses, they "felt rich" regardless of their budget realities. The truth was, most of them weren't, since purchases were largely financed on credit and many spent more than they were earning, resulting in a negative savings rate for our country. But now the stock market is down, the housing market is down. People no longer "feel rich" and so they've adjusted their spending accordingly. But it bothers me that this is seen as such a horrible thing, because spending never should have run up like that in the first place! People are now spending like they should be spending, which is cautiously. Maybe we even save up for purchases instead of financing them, as crazy as it sounds (we're currently saving up for a new stove, and I'm also personally saving up for a spa trip on next year's vacation).

It just bothers me that we decry the behavior that gets us into situations like this, and then when people start to correct their habits, we call it a bad thing.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Great Falls, VA

We just did a little loop from Georgetown Pike down to the Potomac River and back up - less than an hour, maybe 2 miles or so. But it was nice! The weather was perfect for it too. We were about a week too early for peak fall color though. I think we need to go back next Sunday (we're busy allll day Saturday) and make it a more intense day.

(I thought the last one kind of looked like a silly face!)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Can that be...a FINISH LINE I see??

Ithinkican, ithinkican, ithinkican...
Proliferation assays = DONE. Western blots = DONE. Clonigenic assays = DONE. Although I still have to figure out what those 816 pieces of data mean. Now all I need is the promoter assays...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I saw a license plate today that read BE XTIAN. I see this a lot on as well, when people refer to "xtians" in comment threads.

Now, I'm not ranting about replacing "Christ" with the letter X. I think it's silly about people who complain about "taking the Christ out of Christmas" and so on and so forth. The greek letter chi has been a symbol/abbreviation for Christ for over 1000 years. But come on people, it's xmas and xian, not xtmas and xtian. We follow Jesus who is the Christ, not some dude named Chris.

And thus concludeth the rant. Amen.

Friday, October 03, 2008


Well it certainly FEELS like Fall!

First progress graph of the month:
I thawed cells for experiment #4, so I figured that was worth 1% completion. #2 is done on Wednesday, #3 is done on Friday. I'm going to try to have my progress report to the committee on the 20th.

I submitted my resume/CL for a job at George Mason. Maybe we'll eventually move to Virginia after all, Carly :-P

We have something going on every weekend in October!!