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January 10th, 2007

06:18 pm - A Birthday Poll
Poll #904212 My Birthday... this saturday!!!

What should i do? What should i do if i want YOU to come play too?

Paint Pottery (probably at Made by Me)
Ice Skate
Karaoke/Piano Bar (if available at the last minute)
Dinner (some place easy)
Dinner (some place fancy)
Brunch (some place fancy)
Hang out/watch movies/play games*
Stay at home and mourn my lost youth
Drive north until I find snow.
Other (please share!)

*i would probably need to find some location other than my place which is small. and i've had more recent gatherings than is really good for roommate relations, i think.
Current Location: lab
Current Mood: indescribableold
Current Music: Wreck of the Old 97 (Mountain Valley Traditions)

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December 5th, 2006

02:08 pm - Baaaaa.
watch cerridwynn fight
what should i read next

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November 14th, 2006

07:08 pm - Phew!
Thanks, everyone, for all your warm wishes! I really appreciate it!

Anyway, since some of you have asked, my talk was okay. I was really nervous and talked really fast so it ended too soon.* But my work is interesting and i think people liked it, even if i maybe didn't underscore its significance as much as i could have. I only got one question, which was actually a little disappointing, but i think i fielded it well. All in all, it could have been a lot worse! If i had been more confident and poised it could have been a really good talk. I need to stop selling myself short!

Also mentalapse is an angel and gave up his entire long weekend to keep me sane and listen to me rehearse a dozen times. He rocks.

And now i need to get back to lab work and all the rest of my life -- everything i have been ignoring for the past week or so!

*Ten years ago i was winning prizes for public speaking! What happened???? I think MIT happened...
Current Location: home (though i *need* to go to work!)
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: tv

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November 13th, 2006

02:13 pm - Wish Me Luck!
Today I'm presenting my research at our department's grad student seminar series!

I'm nervous... i'm excited... i'm nervous...
Current Location: home
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: NPR -- BBC's world today

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November 8th, 2006

05:45 pm - Election poop.
I should be happy, right? There is hope, right? I'm trying to focus on the gains in Congress but i just keep going back to the 7 additional states that approved bans on same-sex marriage. I just don't get it.

Still, I'm trying to be optimistic and so i thought i'd pass along this e-mail from one of my favorite glass-half-full types, my brother Paul:

A little poop talk from PSGCollapse )
Current Location: Lab
Current Mood: pensivepensive

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October 20th, 2006

10:50 am - Back to reality, such as it is...
Phew. What a crazy couple of weeks! I'm more or less back to the real world. I'm going to try to post my thoughts on Ali's Wedding and the Quest game and the Soceity for Neuroscience meeting soon. But for now, mindless memeishness!!!

MememememememememememememeCollapse )
Current Location: Lab
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: all is quiet

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October 16th, 2006

01:17 pm - Um, where am I again???
The past week has been dizzying. In the past 7 days i have gone from my childhood home (Alicat's wedding was beautiful, by the way!) to full-tilt lab focused poster panic to the dark and dangerous fantasy realm of Overlook (the Quest game was wonderful too, though i'm craving some closure) to the airport (not so wonderful, my flight was delayed), to the Neuroscience conference in Altanta.

I am sorta not sure who i am supposed to be right now. But all will be well. I don't present my poster 'till Wednesday so until then i can relax and enjoy the conference. Or pretend i'm still in a fantasy world. Actually there are some strange similarities between the unreality of Quest and the unreality of SfN, the lack of sleep being high on the list.

Now, to the poster hall! Maybe i'll learn something! Or at least remember why it was i decided to do this in the first place...
Current Location: Atlanta Convention Center... I think...
Current Mood: shockeddizzy
Current Music: conference hall chatter

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September 26th, 2006

01:55 pm - I said i would...
From nafe

1. Your Middle Name:
2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song:
6. Favorite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. Whats your philosophy on life?
11. Would you have my back in a fight?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favorite memory of us?
14. Would you give me a kidney?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?
17. Can we get together and make a cake?
18. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?
19. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?
10. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. Would you drive across country with me?
22. Do you think I'm attractive?
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?
26. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
28. Will you repost this so i can fill it out for you?

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September 19th, 2006

11:23 am - Yaaaar!
Don't ye be forgettin' to vote, me harties!

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August 31st, 2006

10:50 am - I don't believe it.
Thanks ladybird97 for the info. Though i wish it was wrong.

O'Rourke's was gutted by fire last night. I just thought i should spread the word.

Current Mood: shockedshocked

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August 25th, 2006

02:01 am - Woo Hoo! (or, at least, it's a start...)
With all the discussion of Pluto's fall from planetary grace yesterday, we in friends-list-land seem to have missed a far more important news story: the FDA has approved Plan B for over-the-counter sale!

Of course, the drugs will be kept behind a counter and wont be sold any place without a pharmacist on staff... and teenagers still won't be able to buy it without a script...

But it's a start.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: a nice little summer thunderstorm...

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August 15th, 2006

12:20 am - Movie Meme stolen from merinslips
A. Pick 20 of your favorite movies.
B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie.
C. Post the quotes in your journal.
D. Have those on your friends list try to guess what the movie is.
E. Either strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified, or place the guesser's user name directly after the quote.

My List of QuotesCollapse )
Current Mood: memerific...
Current Music: summertime crickets

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August 1st, 2006

05:22 pm - I just realized...
Bostonians deal with extreme heat and humidity the way Washingtonians deal with a big snow.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: the train going through my building

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July 20th, 2006

10:24 pm - Shocking result... (thanks Merinslips!)
You scored as III - The Empress. The Empress is a maternal symbol. She is the mother figure who loves, nurtures and protects.
She will protect you, she will always be there when you are in trouble. When you fall over and graze your knee, the Empress will kiss it better.
Yet she is not a weak figure. Her compassion is strength. If her children are threatened she will stop at nothing to protect them. If well aspected in a Tarot spread, the Empress can symbolise security, protection and unconditional love. If badly aspected it can represent over-protectiveness, fear of risk taking and refusal to face the real world.


III - The Empress


XIX: The Sun


VI: The Lovers


II - The High Priestess


0 - The Fool


XI: Justice


I - Magician


XIII: Death


VIII - Strength


XV: The Devil


X - Wheel of Fortune


IV - The Emperor


XVI: The Tower


Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
created with QuizFarm.com

Current Location: lab
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: book on tape (Guns, Germs and Steel)

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June 23rd, 2006

03:41 pm - July 4th
Do folks have plans for the 4th?

If I were to host something, would there be interest?

I'm just trying to get a sense of who's in town and what people are doing...
Current Mood: sickstill sick...
Current Music: birds and thunder

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June 22nd, 2006

09:04 pm - Meme!
A career meme courtesy of leahshep and memerath.

(Amusing because these days my potential "what i want to do" changes on a weekly basis...)

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
I wanted to be a:

1. Ballerina
2. Actress
3. Poet
4. Doctor
5. Novelist

If I had to do something other than what I'm doing now* I would love to be a:

1. Travel and/or food writer
2. Children's writer (fiction and nonfic)
3. Veterinarian
4. English Professor
5. Museum planner (science museums)

(*please please soon!!!)
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Cheesy TV

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May 31st, 2006

11:38 am - Assorted thoughts on the past few weeks...
I'm back in Massachusetts -- I got back this morning. The past few weeks have been exhausting but, while it's nice to be back, I'm not sure how I feel about returning to normalcy. I had hoped for some sort of closure at the Memorial Service but instead it felt frantic and fragmented and not at all cathartic (though people less involved assured me it was lovely).

We also started breaking down GR's apartment, distributing the knick-knacks and furniture and jewelry. I find myself wanting to hold on to everything, though much of it isn't my taste. We also found she had folders for each one of us containing cards and letters and other sorts of things. My folder had, among other things, an e-mail home from my first week in college, programs from every play i had ever been in, tons of my poetry, a copy of my Bat Mitzvah invitation and a note card with the speech she gave when she presented me with my grandfather's prayer book, the lit mag I edited in high school, a story i wrote in elementary school -- even a sticky note with my GRE scores jotted down.

I still just don't believe she's gone. She was so vibrant and involved and such a part of our lives and now, suddenly, she's not there.

My Memorial Service SpeechCollapse )

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May 22nd, 2006

01:28 pm

My pirate name is:

Calico Jenny Flint

Often indecisive, you can't even choose a favorite color. You're apt to follow wherever the wind blows you, just like Calico Jack Rackham, your namesake. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

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May 10th, 2006

02:53 pm
Congratulations Dr. jojotbird!!!!!!!

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May 6th, 2006

10:34 am - Mayfair Tomorrow!!!
The yearly Harvard Sq Mayfair is tomorrow -- and it's supposed to be a beautiful day too!

Anyone interested in joining me?

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