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I had a very fun, enjoyable chat on line with [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness and [livejournal.com profile] adventurat this morning, and it reminded me of how much I missed hearing about what was up: what kind adventures are [livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior's Thing number 1 and 2 getting into? How is [livejournal.com profile] alysonl's Em getting used to school life? How is [livejournal.com profile] bijoux getting back into life in So. Cal.? And how are the [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs's adjusting to the idea of a growing family? Has [livejournal.com profile] the_mongrel left for Indonesia yet? Is she already back? What is [livejournal.com profile] raw_wonders writing now?

I can't begin to express how excited and happy I am right now, to be in this moment, to be in this place. Things have been so wonderful here and I'm delighted to report that the move has been a very good one.

The air was cool this morning; it took me an additional 15 minutes to work up the courage to brave the cold and get out of bed in our sixty-degree apartment (we're still trying to fight turning on the heater). In preparation for our walk to work, I wound a scarf around my neck and wrapped my triple-layered torso in a puffy purple coat, smiling at my darling Dr. J as he teased me.

For all my complaining, I love the invigorating sensation of breathing cold air. Dr. J and I had a lovely walk to work this morning; the trees have commenced their fall fashion show, and I am very happy to see their daringly bold color. The neighbors have put out their carved pumpkins for Halloween. The pumpkins sit on fence posts and porch steps, greeting passersby, and I can't help smiling each time I see one; they're orange! And so adorably happy!

It's been a relaxing day in lab, and I am happy to have the opportunity to tackle a paper that has been haunting me for quite some time now.

Happy Fall.

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: (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.
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: (dancing stitch)
When did summer come back to LA? Is this it going to stay this way?!

Visiting professor's schedule is done.

Working on the fellowship app.

They don't ask for a transcript, but require that you list grades in relevant classes. This was when I made the sudden annoying realization that, as much as I was worried over my grades, I have no memory of what they were. Must be getting old ;)

I hope tomorrow is painless; oh, February, how much I look forward to your departure. And yes, I guess that it is blogged and recorded in my hard copy journal, but I hope not to look back on this month. Ever.

Other note: I do believe that Age of Innocence is coming close to being my New Favoritest Book Ever.

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