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
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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: (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.

Well.

Mar. 21st, 2008 05:32 pm
happychemist: (verse)
IT'S ON.

D-Day is May 5, 2008. The hour is 2 pm!!!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


How silly happy do I feel that I am defending on Cinco de Mayo? Or, for that matter, that I'll be walking and getting my hood on Friday the Thirteenth (graduation is June)? What can I say, I love my special days.

Fellowship app is for the most part finished. [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness was witness to the euphoria and complete agony as I first e-mailed all my materials to MIT and yelled "¡Adios!" to it and when RQ wrote me two hours later, apologizing profusely for not getting back to me, and telling me that she'd have comments on the (old) draft of my proposal on Sunday. So now I have one *more* "last" thing to tackle on this @#$@ application.

This thing won't die, but I'm getting stronger each time...

Hellloooo!

Mar. 17th, 2008 01:30 pm
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I wasn't as productive as I ought to have been in the week after I defended my props (There's a surprise...) Honestly, though? I had a couple of difficult meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, felt grumpy. Pondered (once again) my Fate as a Chemist, etc.

The weekend was very peaceful and just what I needed to refresh. Wasn't nearly as productive as I'd wanted, but...well. Can't go back in time. Can't regret it, either. And...I managed to straighten up my apartment a bit, so I cannot regret that at all.

Down to 2-3 components on the fellowship app.

Prof #1 got back to me on two dates he was available for thesis defense. I just hope Profs 2-4 are on board too, esp considering one of them is...Cinco de Mayo!

Can you taste the margarita? ;)

Passed go.

Mar. 10th, 2008 12:51 pm
happychemist: (verse)
Did not get $200 but I'm ok with that.

It was a good exam. Very good. Over in an hour.

I GOTTA WRITE MY THESIS NOW!!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!
happychemist: (glug)
Props are written, revised, printed out, and are submitted to the copy people for binding. I will turn them in tomorrow, meaning they'll only be one day late (people have been known to do MUCH worse).

I've sent a copy of my funding prop to my future boss.

Time to brag. )

Certain people deserve loads of credit for basically carrying me through: my pal S for his generosity of spirit, and for making me a healthy dinner when I needed it; [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness, for providing me with company on line while I was slogging through and never ever hating me; Dr. J, for being a trooper during our time in Boston and dealing with me when I was at my worst, [livejournal.com profile] kilroi, for letting me pontificate, fret, etc.; officemate B and groupmate M, who knew exactly what I was going through.

ETA: I NEED TO THANK YOU GUYS TOOO!!!!!!! Tolerance, voting in my caffeine poll, and ceaseless support. :) As a certain person would say, (this will be the only occasion I will EVER quote her): GROUP HUG! :P
happychemist: (verse)
Very productive day yesterday, and even managed to enjoy life a little, meeting [livejournal.com profile] semioticwarrior, [livejournal.com profile] dctemo_13, and [livejournal.com profile] the_sybil for (NON-SCIENTIFIC!) conversation at Zephyr.

Woke up today feeling fairly energized and startlingly optimistic: I will be done with prop #3 soon. And if I get working instead of blatantly punting, I will likely get it done today!!!!! When did the light at the end of that tunnel show up? It's so blinding, it's hard to focus on my footing right now.

STATEMENT OF INTENT
Oh Prop #3, you're so dead.

There will be massive editing tomorrow on props #1 and 2 (and likely, after kamikazee reviewers go through it, #3), but well, that's tomorrow.

They're going to be handed in on Wednesday. I can feel it.

O.O

Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm
happychemist: (caffeine)
One double latte.

Five pots of tea.

My brain is dying.

I need to write about monothiol glutaredoxins.

[Poll #1142852]
happychemist: (glee)
...if it's possible to be in this city and not be stressed out over something.

I had something rife with death, destruction and a (healthy, I assure you!) dose of melodrama in mind, but well, ha. Nothing like preparing to post to LJ to make you realize that it really is kind of silly. I mean, that makes sense, as I am quite silly myself. And well, if I feel this way, then I guess that means that I'll be fine.

So I'll be fine. I'll keep working, and I'm going to write a kick@$$ prop...on whatever it is I finally settle on.

Even given my mind-wringing sessions in the libraries, I've had a nice time here. It's a bit cold outside, so I've alternated between being allergic to the cold and in fact, loving it. (I tend to hate it most when I tread my feet on the cold floors of Dr. J's place.)

I got to celebrate Valentine's Day twice! )
happychemist: (squint)
I'm hiding in the humanities library at MIT, in front of a large window that looks over the Charles River. I feel like a freshman and it's 1999/2000 all over again.

It's snowy outside, and I'm trying to keep my joy to myself, but I'm pretty sure that I'm radiating it. I've already gotten some strange looks from the staff. And though I'm stressed and I know I have a lot of work to do, I can't stop looking out the window!

I'm signed on line as my good friend Margaret D, as she's maintained a staff status on campus and my account has lapsed. I'm also VPNed into Caltech so that I can access some of the things I left behind. Never in a million years did I think that this would be my life, and I'm...overjoyed.

If I could have told Freshman Crystal she would be sitting here 8 years later...

Dr. J is very good to me, and I am beside myself with happiness at seeing him again. He's working away in the lab now, though, so that I can focus on ribonucleotide reductase.

I wish I brought my camera cord! I've already gone a bit batty with the picture taking.

Prop #2

Feb. 11th, 2008 04:33 pm
happychemist: (hm)
...Done. I despise it. I hate my language, but the science is pretty solid, methinks. Nevertheless, I leave my peers to pick it apart and confirm the fact that I left the studies to incite turnover to be quite...uninspired.

Anyway, I cannot think about it any more. Time for the last prop.

Two weeks to do it. Not too bad.

But...in the meantime...I leave for Boston tomorrow.

:D
happychemist: (elizabeth)
I have degenerated into one of those people. You know, "Me and My ArtScience". Full of myself, incapable of making conversation unless it's about how I feel, how the prop is coming along. Realizing this has made me step back and try a few refresher courses on humility.

I'm such a terrible person sometimes. Thank goodness my friends are tolerant.

Summarizing things succinctly:

The prop exam date is scheduled for March 10. Props are due ~February 25. We are in crunch time.

I finished Prop #1 yesterday and handed it off to the very generous JR and [livejournal.com profile] kilroi for review.

Two more proposals to go. Prop #2 is mostly done. I need to research two major components. I'm giving myself until Friday.

I don't have much time for a life, but have persisted in keeping a semblance of one: exercise, eating healthy (75% of the time), and (a very successful experiment) meditation.

I don't know how I'll be handling all this once I go to Boston Feb 12-19. But Dr. J knows how crucial this time is, and he's in lab-trance mode now anyhow. And I'm very much looking forward to being able to take breaks, and just...see him there, smiling at me.

That is all.

Warning

Feb. 1st, 2008 11:00 am
happychemist: (shitstorm)
Intense prop writing time.

I will be very selfish and undoubtedly whine a lot and not recall that you guys have lives in the next 6 weeks or so.

This may persist through the spring.

Please do not defriend me. 75 50% of the time, I'm actually quite nice.

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