happychemist: (squee)
...sunny inside!

Happy 2010!!

Well, as anticipated, I have a future sis-in-law! My brother proposed on NYE and was happily accepted. The happy couple celebrated with family and friends and when they called me to tell me I was just so beyond happy for them. The wedding will be Spring/summer 2011 :)

There's snow outside! And it's pretty!! I'm sure it'll get brown and disgusting soon enough, but still, it's beautiful for now :)

New Mexico was fun, but a little wearying; I had crazy allergies and so was stuffy, runny, or sleepy the entire time :( Still, I had a great time with Dr J and his family and came back from NM well-rested.

We got back the day after Christmas, and I spent the following week working on my year end report. It was painful, but it was submitted at 4 pm on NYE, and I got to celebrate the coming of 2010 with no clouds hanging over my head. We had some friends over for a small dinner party and laughed our asses off into the New Year.

I had planned to be productive this weekend but...well plans change and it's much more fun to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] florabellee :) And...well, lots of snow! After shoveling it and trudging through it through most of the long weekend, Sunday was nice and lazy. I curled up with romance novels, my cat, and hot cocoa.

and so now here we are at Monday and people are coming back to lab and I'm happy again. I hope that you're happy too, wherever you are :)
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...escape was not long enough...
happychemist: (dancing stitch)
Christmas at home was fantastic.

Wedding at Penn State was fun.

Last segment of travel is today; we leave for Boston after brunch!
happychemist: (glee)
WOOO! Two whole days away from lab!!!

[livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness arrived, safe and sound :D
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: (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: (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! )
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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.

:)

Jan. 10th, 2008 09:56 am
happychemist: (orly)
I just booked travel to Boston February 12-19 to see Dr. J.

Guess I'll have to "settle" for using the MIT library for researching my props. ;)

(My eyes bugged out of my head when I realized I spent almost $300 in the course of thirty minutes of indecision and thirty seconds of "I must do this". I hate money. Wah. I'm such a Scrooge.)

Still. DR J!!!! :)
happychemist: (another angela)
Last post of the year. Let's make it sound fun and exciting! Oh wait, it is :)

I had an absolutely amazing time in Las Vegas and San Diego with Dr. J. So fantastic that I, of course, felt completely downtrodden and depressed after I dropped him off at the airport on Saturday morning.

I was ready to mourn the loss of my dear doctor with plenty of DVDs and knitting, all the way through the weekend.

But of course, my friends always are so wonderful :)

[livejournal.com profile] bijoux called a few hours after I'd dropped Dr. J off. Taking shameless advantage of my hazy mental state, within twenty seconds she'd engaged me for Sunday with her and [livejournal.com profile] jennlynnfs down in Long Beach. Which I am very glad for, because the ladies were oh so awesome. We had a wonderful time chatting, watching the battle scenes from Lord of the Rings, and playing our altered version of Whoonu.

While hanging out, I got a phone call from [livejournal.com profile] kilroi and made plans to walk up the street from my apartment to watch the Rose Parade on New Years Day. And when I paused to check my e-mail, I got fantastic news from my friend [livejournal.com profile] 987s, who decided at the last minute that he wanted to drive down from Mountain View to hang out this New Years Eve.

Official proof that my friends are oh so awesome.

Other things are going on. I had some fantastic wine in SD and watched some fun and amazing movies. My cat's noticed I need a bit more lovin', so she's been very generous with her purrage and snuggling. Today was the first day in at least two weeks that I've gone out without a sweatshirt or a coat on. (Don't slap me, my cold-weathered friends!!) And...my apartment is clean! :)

I still miss Dr. J like crazy, but with all this lovin' I'm getting, well, it'd be an insult to stay mopey.
happychemist: (glee)
My well-traveled protein! )

Holiday cheer! )

So, as it's likely I won't be on line until after I get back from Las Vegas/San Diego....

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYBODY!!!!
happychemist: (Default)
Happy December, dear f-list!

In less than two weeks, Dr J arrives and we'll be off to Las Vegas/San Diego for holidays! His sister is graduating and we'll be there for the felicitations, and then of course, a try Byers-style holiday.

It's very difficult to stay motivated at this point. All I want to do is listen to lots of Christmas music, curl up with my cat, and just...well, just fall asleep.
happychemist: (glee)
Going back to Michigan.

I THOUGHT TODAY WOULD NEVER COME.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Woooooo! HOOOOME!

Also....Dr J gets in on Tuesday!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

...

Jul. 7th, 2007 03:03 pm
happychemist: (Default)
Stuff's done. Poster's done. Office is moved. Stuff is packed.

Going tonight to the Huntington Gardens for the first concert of the Summer Festival of Southwest Chamber Music. Am really really looking forward to showing up early with a blanket and a book, and staking my place out on the lawn :D Piston and Beethoven tonight!

Beyond early morning tomorrow, I'm off to Munich to see Margaret D! Have a great two weeks, everybody!
happychemist: (smile)
Laser measurements were (to put it politely) quite difficult. But they're also over and have been over since Friday at 2 am, so who wants to dwell over that?

Weekend/outlet shopping was fun. Carrie put together a good performance on her marathon, esp considering she didn't run in the last 4 weeks, was sick, and traveled to Africa, London, Michigan, and California all in the week leading up to the event :)

We were going to stay the weekend with "her friend Dave", but lo and behold, we arrived in SD and I discovered "her friend Dave" is "my friend that I've lost track of Dave" so it was simply awesome to catch up with him. We had ample opportunity! :)

We drove back up this morning. Carrie is slugging out the day in my apartment and recovering. And I'm...working up laser data :P

Pics

Mar. 19th, 2007 06:19 pm
happychemist: (Default)
...from my parents visit a week or two ago.

Click here for the set. I can't say that I took the pictures; my dad did. He's an amazing photographer (hobby). I totally cut out a lot of the pictures, and I felt bad doing so. But I think these are the ones that expressed the pure joy and beauty of being around my folks. :)

But this is my favorite )

More joy!

Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:57 pm
happychemist: (Default)
How is it possible?! No idea.

It's a good thing I've been saving up, because I took the plunge and purchased plane tickets to my college friend L's wedding in June.

The wedding is in Williamsburg, VA...which means...A STOP TO SEE [livejournal.com profile] the_marchioness!

Feeling extremely guilty over the fact that I'll be in Virginia, then back to CA for a week, and then off to Europe.

*shakes head*

Guess I'll have to work harder to deserve it!
happychemist: (glee)
Got my registration, airfare and accommodations booked: I'll be attending the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry in Vienna, Austria from July 15-20.

But! I arrive July 9 in Munich, where I'll be meeting...Margaret D!!!!!!!! (Yes, she's still in England; it's been a whole two years since we've seen each other!) We will be going across Austria together! I get to see pretty mountains! And Austrians! And Margaret D!

I can't believe it. It's actually happening!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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