happychemist: (dancing stitch)
...got into the Boston area tonight with my parents. Will be moving into the apartment in the next few days, and getting situated, before flying back to LA to grab my cat...

I've been terrible about LJ: no good reason. I've been a LUMP. A sleeping, still sleeping, Olympic watching, sleeping some more lump. I don't think I've followed the Olympics this much since '96. I'm more than making up for it this time around, though. My parents almost had to surgically remove me from the couch. And today, I took the driving into my own hands to make sure we got here and checked in before May-Treanor and Walsh got started...:) Totally worth the rush...*queue corny "gold rush" joke*

And.......!!!!!!!! It's been shocking me as I've been realizing it! Dr J and I start the next phase of our relationship: In Which We Are In The Same Town Again.

Home!

Aug. 9th, 2008 06:31 pm
happychemist: (angela)
Safe!

Tired!

Later!!!

Update!

Aug. 3rd, 2008 09:42 pm
happychemist: (hike)
It's ~10:00 here in Denver, CO, where I'm spending the night. I had a one hour delay outside of Denver (Did LA traffic follow me?!) but I've gotten in and I'm just settling in right now. :D

I had an absolutely FANTASTIC time in UT with the happy, generous, energetic [livejournal.com profile] alysonls and was quite depressed when I had to leave them at all earlier today, esp when I got cocooned in the most loveliest of all group hugs I've ever had in my life. I have lots (but still not enough) pictures of the fun we've had, and will post them soon...

The drive has been, for the most part, quite enjoyable. On the road, I'm enjoying my solitude and LOVING the diverse landscape! the mountains! The canyons! The trees! The desert! Everything is to be admired and enjoyed.

On one last note, CO state police cars?! Sneaky. In CA, NV, and UT, they were easy to spot from the lights on the top of the vehicle, but that is not true of these police cars; the lights are on the inside, and the vehicle does not stand out to me at all. I saw one at work for the most of my trip through today; he'd get on ahead of me, trap someone, and then he'd come and overtake me again (I LOOOOVE not being in a hurry anywhere...)

Anyhow, time to turn in; a day in Denver tomorrow. I wonder what I'll do...
happychemist: (baseball)
...even if it comes at a price.

I rode the high of my paper to this afternoon's intramural softball game...

...where I got my very first RBI! :D :D

1st and 3rd, two outs. I get up to bat. I took a ball, then swung on the second pitch...

I hit a fielder's choice, but nobody got out!! They should have thrown to first, but I was hauling my butt to first, so they went for home. And the guy made it! MY VERY FIRST RBI!!

I also scored a run when the guy behind me hit a home run. Unfortunately, I'd pulled my quad getting to first, so I ended up limping around the bases to get home...and sitting out the rest of the game :(

But that injury doesn't matter...

...because after my team finished its very first win of the season, they gave me the game ball!!! :D

I'm laid up on a couch now and can't stand up , but I'm soooo happy it almost doesn't matter. I only hope I get better fast so I can get back on the field!

Anyhow, very very happy :)
happychemist: (Default)
I thought I'd already accepted it, and gotten happy about it.

But that was before I got to check the SCIENCE WEBSITE today AND SAW MY FREAKING PAPER!!!!

And the very flattering perspective that kept saying "Shih"?!?!?!?! *SQQQQUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE***************

The citation:
Science 320, 1760 (2008).

My article:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/320/5884/1760

The perspective:
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/320/5884/1730

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

ETA: Hahaha. My RSS feed for Science just told me about my paper. Sooo cool.
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/320/5884/1691e?rss=1
happychemist: (magpie)
Need to catch up on entries.

Need to catch up on everything.

But I had a REALLY BEYOND AWESOME TIME this past weekend, with [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness, [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness's friend Moo, and [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs!!!!!! Will give details, but let's just say that I think [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness and I saw more of LA than some Los Angelinos see in their lifetime.

After reluctantly saying goodbye to A, I turned to the apartment.

I've finished moving and started the next chapter of my life: in which I am a Betty Neels heroine. Took pictures teeny tiny apartment. Will definitely share those, and pics from the LA Tour...

But for now?

I REST.

Limbo

May. 21st, 2008 04:14 pm
happychemist: (another angela)
Another few weeks before life goes back to "normal".

In these past weeks, I've dotted the i's and crossed the t's on the doctorate paperwork, started chemistry again, had way too much work to do for DWG, and gotten...restless. No doubt, because I have a lot of things to look forward to.

[livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness will be here!!!! Though she arrives on thursday night, I must wait until Friday morning before seeing her. We'll get a week of loafing around...

I have the keys for my new place and will be moving after [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness leaves...

My parents are around for graduation, June 10-15.

Things have been settling back into a pattern of sorts. I managed to get down to Long Beach to have a nice time with [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs and her family this past weekend. Planning things with [livejournal.com profile] psychocommagrlz. Getting used to the summer heat. :)

ok.

Apr. 30th, 2008 04:04 pm
happychemist: (glee)
So I had some other post I was going to put up about how I've been really happy in my laziness, etc., BUT....

ALL THAT NORMAL STUFF DOES NOT MATTER.

Because I just heard that my paper was just accepted to SCIENCE.

Yes, not your humdrum run of the mill publications: SCIENCE.

SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!

HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How am I supposed to revise my talk NOW!?!?!

Ok, so I have to admit, this news stuns me. I had worried if people out there would think my project as cool as I did. I had worried that I was about to graduate without a publication to my name. I had worried that my boss had thought too optimistically of our work when he submitted it, and I was mortified that he'd been telling people right and left that we'd submitted it to Science, and once we got rejected I'd have to go around telling people with a meek voice that it hadn't been accepted.

I was so worried and nervous that I didn't even blog that we submitted it.

BUT NOW I CAN. BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION. :P And when I talk about my project next Monday, I can say, proudly, "And this work has been accepted for publication into Science." I'll try not to squeal or do a silly dance, but I can't promise that.

HAHAHAHAHAHHAAH

Dude. I don't know what I'm supposed to be more happy about: defending and getting my doctrate, or getting published in one of the premiere scientific publications in the world? ;)
happychemist: (girls)
The epic battle is over, and now we have a denouement that rivals that of Return of the King.

I am going to VEG for the next five days. (Maybe taking some time to exercise each day, though, because I don't think I ate very well this last week.) Then I will come into lab, set up a labeling reaction, and put together my thesis talk, which, honestly, won't be that much different from the talk I gave to RQ's group back in the fall. Seeing as I've gotten no new studies done in the interim, heh, I guess I don't have much of a choice.

We head for the Gray Havens on May 5.

So Thanks. )

Steady...

Apr. 15th, 2008 08:29 am
happychemist: (Default)
I finished chapter one yesterday and handed it off for critique; not an hour later, I heard back and it was good :) So yay. My intro chapter does reflect the work I put into researching and carefully constructing/polishing.

Chapter two is more than halfway finished. By the end of today it will be done.
happychemist: (verse)
The dams are broken and the words are flowing. Thank goodness. I was getting really really really really worried.

:D :D :D
happychemist: (another angela)
...or insane.

I am playing Christmas music. Lots and lots of Christmas music.

I'm working in the Pasadena Public library, central branch today. Mmm. I so needed this change of scenery. What I love is that within 15 minutes of opening, the library got saturated with life and activity, as if it'd been open for hours. Pasadena is really lucky to have such a great library system, and I'm so glad that the citizens express their gratitude with their happy patronage.

The room I'm writing in is gorgeous.

My favorite violinist in the world, Anne-Sophie Mutter, is going to be at the Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight, and I've got a ticket. I CANNOT WAIT. It's my last date with the Concert Hall, so I'm glad we get to see our relationship off in style.

Sometimes I feel like this last year, even given how weird it's been, is just one long bachelorette party, one last hurrah for being happy and "carefree". I am so happy to have this opportunity, and I never take it for granted.
happychemist: (glee)
First of all, let me tell you how ardently I admire and adore the new music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. This should be a more bitter pill to swallow, as I really really really loved Esa-Pekka Salonen with his gorgeous floppy hair and interesting pieces, and cursed his wanting to devote more time to his career as composer. I have not yet watched Dudamel in action, but KUSC is clearly in love with him, because whenever I get in the car and turn on the radio, they are talking about him, broadcasting a concert, etc. And let me tell you the music I have heard has made my heart dance. (Granted, we know I'm a hussy, heart-dancing at the least provocation!) And it's a pity, but I won't actually be watching Dudamel in live action before I leave Los Angeles! I may have to change my plans.

He's also made wild curly hair strangely sexy to me.

I miss Dr. J, clearly.

Yesterday was splendiferous spring meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America - Southwest Chapter. This meeting was at the faculty center on the campus of UCLA. I'd never been down to Westwood, and to UCLA, and now that I've been there? Man, I'm sad I missed out on all the opportunities to be in such a beautiful, fun corner of the Los Angeles metropolitan area! I love and hate that Los Angeles is pulling out these Eleventh-Hour triumphs. It makes my heart sink to know I have to leave it.

The meeting itself was great. I think I have a magnet for newbies. Maybe it's my young countenance. ;) anyhow, I made more new friends and had an excellent time while Ed Copeland, emeritus of Pomona College, gave us an entertaining and enlightening lecture on Silver Fork novels. They had a wonderfully hilarious panel recounting the early days of JASNA-SW, and a very interesting discussion on the Sadleir Collection in the UCLA Research Library. After the lecture, we had the opportunity to walk over to the Research Library and get to look at the much-coveted Sadleir collection. Oh WOW. the GORGEOUS.

Otherwise, I continue to distract myself write my thesis. I rewatched Howl's Moving Castle today. Mmmm. Even better this time around. Finished Kurlansky, and started on Dickens's Bleak House for May book club meeting.

And...um...hello, DODGERS. WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! The season snuck up on me this year. And I have to say that my life was the better for it. :) I'm so glad that the Boys are Back in Town :)

Man oh man. Spring is awesome.

ETA: Lest you truly worry, please don't. Thesis writing is coming along as its own pace. Regardless, I will hate life for the next two weeks and come out the better for it. This is truly a case where knowing that I can write, and how long it takes for me to write, is clearly working against me.
happychemist: (another angela)
Weekend roundup )

I know I work during my weekends, but I hate it when the weekend's over, and I feel the "structure" of the week pressing down on me again.

Clearly very loopy today.

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