Turning 30

May. 28th, 2015 01:08 pm
oceantheorem: (be careful pretending)
So, I have lots of things I want to say, but I'll separate them. First up, a recap of my 30th birthday and celebratory trip to Kentucky!

It turns out Kentucky is an AWESOME place to vacation. Who knew?

So, so many pictures... )

...and I've literally had this tab open on my laptop for over a week now, and have only gotten through the beginning of day 2 of our 6-day trip, so I'm going to stop here, post this, and probably never finish the recap.

So here's the quick version: The Kentucky Horse Park was awesome. We spent two days there. Elena was bored out of her mind, but my mom and I loved it. We saw retired Derby winners, big draft horses, and about a dozen examples of rare breeds of horse from around the world (got to pet some of those!). We then spent two days at Mammoth Cave, which was incredible and very educational, and we got to go on an Introduction to Caving tour that let us crawl over and under and through rocks, which Elena loved. Otherwise she was fairly poorly behaved and had problems listening to instructions, but on the crawling tour she was great. On our very last day we drove back to Louisville and actually visited Churchill Downs, including their museum, and went on a walking tour of the track. We got lunch there and ordered mint juleps (yum!!!) and something disgusting called Benedictine (note that if you forget what this is called, searching Google for "Kentucky green spread food" will get the answer for you on the first hit).

Overall the trip was lovely, and I had some wonderful conversations with my mom, which I may or may not go into in a later update. Elena is... difficult for me to relate to? Is that a diplomatic way of saying things? I have a really hard time with her. I feel very guilty about this but I don't think it's alterable.

I was really glad to come home to Chris.
oceantheorem: (emperor's new groove feel the power)
 Guys! GUYS! Oh man. I'm posting in my journal AGAIN.

Life is really, really, really good right at this moment. I wanted to write it down, to capture it, to keep it forever. It is WARM outside (I don't know where spring went. It snowed here two weeks ago, and now it is 80 outside and muggy and LOVELY) and summer is here. The sliding glass door is open. I'm cooking a lovely marinated steak, and an artichoke. I'm drinking beer. I got a birthday card from Jim's parents that is signed, "Love, Mom and Dad." My friend Anne sent me a hilarious knitted whip (she's such a Slytherin, deep down) for my birthday. My best friend Ann sent me a box of incredibly good dark chocolate (does it GET any better than a box of dark chocolate??). I am marrying the most wonderful, sweetest, cleverest, offbeat man I have ever met.

Okay. Maybe the beer is getting to me a bit. I'm definitely feeling sappy. But life feels so, so good right now. Everything, in this moment, is just right.
oceantheorem: (yay omg yay kermit)
 Good things are coming up! I'm starting to get excited.

I finally booked plane tickets to go see my mom in May. My original plan was to call her, like, Thursday while she was at work (the Thursday before Mother's Day - and my birthday) and ask her what her Mother's Day plans were. When she said "nothing" or "just hanging out" I was gonna reply, "Aw, that's too bad. I wish we could go out to dinner or something." And then she'd come home and I'd be IN THE KITCHEN and we'd go out to dinner and it would be totally awesome.

You know, planning surprises is REALLY HARD. So she knows about the visit now, but I'm going for a nice long five-day visit, and we both have the opportunity to make sure we get all those days off work, so we'll have plenty of time to spend hanging out together. I haven't seen her in a year and half, which is absurd and totally unacceptable, so I'm really really looking forward to this visit.

There's a bunch of other stuff on the horizon for this summer. First off is a casual get-together with House Cup friends in June - people from around Michigan and some of the connecting states are going to meet up for an afternoon potluck type thing. I've met most of the people who are coming, so it will be a nice chance to chat with some friends I don't see often.

July gets really crazy. Or, the third weekend in July is crazy. The Michigan Brewer's Guild Beer Festival is on the 22nd and 23rd, and I've been looking forward to it since LAST July. I've been to the festival the last two years, and it's just awesome. It's such a fun gathering, and there are hundreds of different beers to taste. The atmosphere is fabulous, and the company is even better.  This year, sadly, Jim's sister is getting married that Saturday, so we won't be able to spend the whole day there, but I do plan on taking most of that Friday off work so we can spend all of Friday at the festival.

August looks clear at the moment, except for maybe a fiber festival on the other side of the state...

The first weekend of September is going to be the highlight of the summer this year. I've been talked into attending DragonCon in Atlanta. There are several House Cuppers (Slytherins, actually) who live there, and my House Cup friend from San Francisco is going to be meeting up with them down there too, so it was really inevitable that they'd talk me into going. Plus, James Marsters, Felicia Day, and Anne McCaffrey will be there. It's a huge convention for nerds. It's going to be four days of epic drunken House Cup nerdery.

In the meantime, the sun is slowly returning to these parts. It's making me cheerier and giving me more and more energy. I feel less like sitting in the dark in my apartment and hiding from the world, and more like MAKING things and DOING things and SEEING people and GOING places. I need to start channeling all that energy somewhere (and I miss living in California, where I remember this energy being so much more powerful...).

This evening I started working on a costume for our Friday night gaming group. One of our members just had a baby (and was our DM, and is not going to be attending for the forseeable future), so we've switched to a new campaign for the next several weeks. I'm playing a witch, the kind who lives in a secluded hut and has branches in her hair and is a little crazy but makes the most effective potions you've ever tasted.  So I scored some free glass test tubes from work and spent this evening brewing up the perfect potion. I settled on water, butter, xanthan gum, and food coloring.  Then I had to figure out how to cap the tubes, which was a bit more of a challenge, but wax-soaked cut-up-sweater-squares glued and then tied on seem to have done the trick. None of them are leaking yet!

Now I just need a stuffed weasel (on its way overnight from amazon.com!) and a black skirt I can shred and tie branches into...
oceantheorem: (May spring)
It's called the Wiki Meme and I stole it off the internet at large. You go over to Wikipedia and enter your birthdate and then you pick 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occured on the day of your birthday.

(Oh, and I can't count, so, um, there are more events than there are supposed to be.)

May 9
Events:
1. 1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
2. 1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded. (Dude! No way!!)
3. 1955 - Sam and Friends debuts on a local U.S. television channel, marking the first television appearance of both Jim Henson and what would become Kermit the Frog and the Muppets.
4. 1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves sale of the birth control pill.

Births:
1. 1942 - John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
2. 1949 - Billy Joel, American musician

Holiday:
Roman Empire – Feast of the Lemures (Unfortunately this is "Feast of the Lemures," which are unrestful ghosts, and not "Feast of the Lemurs," which would have just been wildly cool.)
oceantheorem: (May spring)
Wow, it gets warm and suddenly I don't have time for the internet anymore.

Summer came on my birthday. I woke up and it was warm and humid and WONDERFUL. You go outside and you're immediately sticky and last summer I HATED it, but this summer it means the return of the sun and the warmth and the opportunity to wear all my California shirts and not lug around my giant warm furry coat. BRING ON THE HUMIDITY!
My apartment, and its sad little single window, is perfectly warm and awesome during the winter, and is AN OVEN in the summer. Must... move....

My birthday was pretty good. It sort of slipped away into obscurity, but I'm trying to make myself realize that I'm no longer a) a child, b) an only child, c) having important birthdays. Twenty-two is not a landmark year, and when your birthday lands on a Wednesday you just sort of watch it slide past. But that's okay. It was actually pretty good. My parents sent me a 7.1 megapixel digital camera (the Elph by Canon), and I'm addicted to it. I took 170 pictures between Wednesday evening and Saturday evening. I deleted a good half of them (I'm going to try really hard to keep deleting the crappy ones), and uploaded a fair portion of the remainder to Facebook. I'll make another post here and put some up. I LOVE the camera. I haven't had one all year, and have wanted to take pictures of SO MANY things--New Haven, yarn, snow, my car, myself, finished knitted things, my messy apartment, et cetera. And of course I get one and immediately start taking pictures of trees. Why do I have such a fascination with trees and leaves?

Anyway.

I spent the weekend studying for my last final, which was yesterday morning. I already know I missed up a couple of questions, but I don't really care. I had an absurdly high grade going into the final, and I did FINE (finely?), so my grade should be plenty high. I just have to maintain an overall High Pass grade, and I've already got my two Honors grades, so if I get just a Pass I'll still be in the green, and to be honest I'll be somewhat surprised if I don't get an Honors.

My current lab rotation ends on Friday. Next week I'm going to start a 3-week long FOURTH rotation (or fifth, if you count the three weeks I spent sitting in a corner in the Zhong lab before I fled screaming as a rotation), this time in the Breaker lab. They're uber-famous, and uber-rich, and they study RNA, which is totally hot. My PARENTS know who Ron Breaker is (they read Scientific American, and he had an article in SA in December that my stepdad asked me about). So hopefully I'll fall madly in love with the lab, and they'll fall madly in love with me, and I'll get over the fact that there are 25 people in the lab and some of them don't have benchspace. Aaaaauuuggghhh... Meanwhile, my first choice lab might not take any grad students at all this year, and I'm panicking.

Other than that, though, I'm done with classes. Well, if I join Genetics I have to take the Genetics seminar as a second year, and I'll probably audit something like Immunology. But I'm Done. With. Classes. A lot of us are, actually, but some people will still be taking classes for grades next year, which enables me to make the following claim: I have just squished six years' worth of classes into four.
I am scientist. Hear me roar.

I came home early from lab today, slept for two hours, then got in my car and drove to North Haven to sit in a Barnes and Noble. I sat there for an indeterminate amount of time (I have no idea what time I got there-7:30?), maybe two hours-ish, reading Mason-Dixon Knitting (which I ordered last week but which has not arrived yet) and thinking about patterns and just generally hiding between the bookshelves. It felt really good; I haven't hidden in a bookstore in a long time, and the act of driving ten miles to do so made it feel like better hiding (I could have walked the four minutes to the Yale Bookstore and hidden there). Anyway, it was relaxing and I feel a bit calmer about life. And lab.
And I bought the fourth Kushiel book.

All right, off to upload pictures, and then to bed.

(P.S. The series finale of Gilmore Girls was tonight. I can't believe it's over... I'll probably comment about it tomorrow after I download and watch it.)

Hurrah!

May. 9th, 2007 08:08 am
oceantheorem: (9 May)


Awww, the UCSC alumni association loves me. *happy*

Off to labby lab...
oceantheorem: (May spring)
Today is my birthday.

I just spent $107 on yarn (most of it not for me) and $40 on knitting books (needed the pattern for the blanket the yarn is going to become...).

I stayed up allllll night Sunday night writing that stupid paper, and still haven't caught up on sleep. And I have to go in early to lab today and stay late.

I think this is my first "adult" birthday; I have to work a long day in lab and can't celebrate really at all until next week. And... I dunno. The 12-year-old in me really wishes she could take the day off to sleep in and have people fawn over her.

I'm going to bed now.

Party!

May. 10th, 2006 11:49 am
oceantheorem: (cheat lightswitch rave)
Yesterday was a great day. Yay for 21st birthdays! I hung out with Neal and Stephane Monday night. We made fudge and played cards and dominoes, and at midnight they took me to a liquor store on Mission and I bought my first alcohol. I got a bottle of Cognac. Haven't opened it yet though.

I only got about four hours of sleep that night, so yesterday I was pretty wiped out. Class at 8 am, hung out in the library for a little while (reading... had had too much coffee to nap), then sailing in the afternoon... Sailing was AMAZING yesterday. It was a beautiful day, and Ann and I have figured out how to maneuver the boat, so there wasn't any panicky screaming this week. And as we were heading back to the harbor, a pod of dolphins came over to check us out, and swam around us for about five minutes. SO COOL.

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