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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2012|11:32 pm]
My favorite part of The Hunger Games was when the kids were killing the other kids in close combat. Also, Woody Harrelson's foot.
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(no subject) [Feb. 15th, 2012|10:27 pm]
My PI may think I'm an idiot, but I'm strongly hoping that he'll notice how hard of a worker I am.

He leaves everyday at 5. I've only left before that once, and that was the day before a final. That last two weeks I've not gotten home before 10pm. Today I was so busy with classes, seminars and journal clubs, while I got in at 8:30am, I didn't get to even start in the lab until 5 but I still put in a day's work. I'm on track to be finished with the original "best case scenario" project 4 weeks early (in a 12 week rotation), to accommodate the two other projects he's decided I should learn. I agreed because I know that learning these things are going to be hugely beneficial for my future, but it'd be nice for him to recognize that I am working far harder than he had any right to expect of a full-time grad student. Instead, our meetings make me feel like I haven't met his weekly expectations.

I don't especially mind if he thinks I'm dumb, because I can prove him wrong later on during seminars. I do mind that he hasn't noticed that I'm working my tail off for him and for myself to learn as much as possible and give him some serious data to work with for a paper. At least I'll get my name on it... Maybe.
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Stuff that only a mother would care about. [Feb. 8th, 2012|11:23 pm]
Dear Livejournal,

Today I was in class/the lab from 8am to 10pm. Grad school, I am onto you.

This week has been very hectic, but not especially unusual in my new PhD venture. I had a final Tuesday, a full maxi prep M-W, a midterm Wednesday, a new experimental transfection today for FACS on Friday and 4 papers for 1-2 hour, small group discussions on Monday and Wednesday. Also, my PI has decided that I'm not busy enough as a rotation student, so I get to do a THIRD component. Thus, in one rotation, I will have designed, amplified and tested 3 new mini-genomes, rescued 2 new recombinant Measles viruses and designed 2 new Canine Distemper mini-genome plasmids. Rock on, molecular virology. Rock on.

I also keep forgetting that I am not technically done with my first rotation until 1. I finish that damn ELISA/Flow and 2. I WRITE A REPORT.

I do not want to write a report.



That didn't work.

Someone please remind me that there is a world outside the hospital?
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Roasty-toasty [Nov. 22nd, 2010|06:40 pm]
It's the Bad News Bears in Seattle today. The headline stories on King 5: I-5 Northbound, all lanes closed; I-90 Eastbound, all lanes closed; Plane skids of runway at Seatac; Sheet of ice closes Alaskan Way Viaduct; Bus nearly slides over embankment at UW Tacoma.

Well played, La Nina.

I, on the other hand, got a ride from a stranger to UW this morning (Thanks Mary the Suzallo Catalog Librarian!) and got to class and work with time to spare. I then had an easy 4pm bus commute home, somehow missing the normal rush hour traffic.

Point, me?

Evan and I are well-stocked and will probably survive the night with our beautiful view and fireplace. It's tough being us.
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(no subject) [Apr. 5th, 2010|09:24 pm]
Dear Friends,
Life is going really ridiculously well. It's totally freaking me out.
Evan and I have primo tickets to Candide at The Paramount, we've been seeing plays and ballet like seasoned socialites and we just had a couple Italian couch surfers feed us clam fettuccine and prosciutto + mozzarella. The job has been going well, I'm taking FREE classes at UW, I have a book club and I have my own stage demo at the Pacific Science Center. I'm still fat and lazy, BUT WHO CARES?!
XO Kate

(Also, I'm pretty sure that now that I've put this down in words, I'm doomed to die in a horrible Mt. Rainier explosion combo earthquake within a week.)

Here's a picture of Isabella on our couch in the old apartment. It is funny.
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Brag brag brag [Oct. 9th, 2009|05:52 pm]
Hi, mom! (And other people)

Here's my new view when I got home from work a few minutes ago. The Twin Peaks are hiding behind the clouds, but they're exactly what the sun sets behind from our vantage. Mt. Olympus is the tallest peak. And that's the Ballard Bridge/Fisherman's Wharf, Locks AND Puget Sound all down there. I'm watching a cruise ship in Nice, eh? EH?

A little inside, too. If anyone but my mom cares.Collapse )
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Pyramid hats [Jul. 29th, 2009|12:47 pm]
I've aluminum foiled our giant, sun-facing windows like a person trying to get rid of the voices and the apartment is holding at a cool 80.5 without fans. Sweet. It's like I've discovered the secrets of the universe. Needless to say, my crazy windows will remain intact for about a week until this horseman of global warming gets the hell off my lawn.

Also, Taming of the Shrew tonight! And maybe I'll finally use my free time to get my brother a week late birthday gift! HUZZAH!
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Is it hot? [Jul. 28th, 2009|04:04 pm]
I'm not sure if anyone's noticed, but it's getting a touch warm around Seattle.

IN OTHER NEWS: I finally got 2666 from the library and I'm excited to start it tonight. I have no idea what it's about, but Zach's word is good enough for me. Whatever it is, it's heavy.

My birthday is this Friday! Unfortunately I'm scheduled to work at the Science Center and the Needle from 9am to 11:45pm. Boo! Hiss! Enough fun things have been going on the dull the blow, though. The numerous Shakespeare in the park-type productions going on around these parts are just waiting to be watched (I loved Green Stage's Comedy of Errors!) and I'm treating myself to Intiman's Othello tomorrow or Thursday.

Since volunteering at the Science Center, I have learned more than anyone really cares to know about butterflies, PacNW tide pool creatures and dinorawrs (among others). This is both fun and pathetic. YAY!
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Doing Stuff [Apr. 20th, 2009|03:50 am]
Evan and I have been going to the peninsula a lot lately because life is boring and it has opened a whole world of magic. When I'm less of a fatty in the mid/late summer, we're hoping to try a 2 or 3 day trip up the Blue Glacier. :')

The west entrances to Olympic National are way more rainforesty than Hurricane Ridge. (Subi+Kate: I should have INSISTED we drive the extra hour. INSISTED, I SAY.) That's also where all the natural hot springs are and the ocean+rainforest stuff and big trees and Genuine Old Growth Forest Landscapes and it all brings a tear to my eye. Evan recently informed me that the vast majority of things I knew as "forests" are, in fact just replanted areas that were logged and have almost no resemblance to what they naturally would grow as. I guess if there's a tree every few feet and it's difficult to walk through, it was probably replanted. BOOOOoo. Good news: He has also informed me that if Big Foot were anywhere, it'd be the Olympics due to the open areas and low, wide underbrush, so thank god for that.

PICTURES! Because, for once, I remembered a camera.

Here it is simultaneously snowing, raining and being perfectly cool in the Hoh Rainforest (lol pacnw weather):

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Springtime [Apr. 10th, 2009|10:45 pm]
Reasons why I love Seattle today:

Beautiful, perfect weather
Coffee from local roasters done right
Olympic mountains at sunset
Really good library with a huge selection and adorable librarians

And, most importantly: Honkfest.

Because nothing says "life is going to be okay" like a group of adults with sousaphones and trombones who should really know better. :')
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