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Archive for June, 2009

was going to look at a VW Golf…

was going to look at a VW Golf this afternoon, got stuck seriously looking at the car in our very garage?

filling myself with twitter go…

filling myself with twitter goodness!

Working on IRB certification…..

Working on IRB certification… great way to spend a summer’s day?


It’s 4:30.  It’s Sunday.  It’s Father’s Day!  I’m sitting in my sunny living room waiting for the pie dough in my fridge to firm up.  I’m baking a Maryland Blueberry Peach pie today, and making turkey burgers… It’s going to be a good one.  I’m so relaxed.  It’s wonderful to be able to cook as much as you want again!  Last night I made home made pizza… double pepperoni.  We ate the whole thing while watching Garden State.  So good!  It’s bound to be another So Good day.

In absentia

Ah, summer break, you are treating me well.

Tuesday at 5

All I have left is to print it, staple it, and bike it to campus.

I have no idea what happens after I turn that paper in.   Well, other than I have a 2:30 meeting to find out what the rest of my next two weeks is going to look like.  Summer project, ho!

Donder und blitzen

Oy, thunderstorms.  It’s 3:30 in the morning.  It’s the second time I’m up… though I think it’s also the last of the cells to pass before the storm is basically spent.   I wish I could sleep through these things, but I just can’t keep my heart from racing, even when on the surface I feel pretty confident everything is going to be fine.  Animal instinct, I guess.

It’s a pretty strange storm, for Davis anyway.  The cell that went by around 1 am had so, so much lightening – a nearly constantly lit sky.  You could see it going every which way, it was pretty incredible.  I’ve only seen a storm like that once, and it was in Louisiana.  I didn’t realize we had such storms here sometimes.  Though Lewis said he’ d never seen one like it either, so it’s certainly strange for Davis.  This second cell is a lot more normal-y for a Seattle girl like me – lots of rain and hail, big window-rattling peels of thunder every couple minutes.  They’re even shaking the pictures on the wall just a bit.

Sigh.  I give it another half hour, and I’ll be glad when it passes.   Oo.. we’re down to the 4-second mark between flash and boom.  Guess it’s right overhead.  That means it should be soon getting further away than closer…


So we meet again, blog.

It’s 7:30, and I’ve just sat down at my desk to start my night of work.  I was anticipating being a little more busy today, but this morning I got the very pleasant surprise of getting my paper deadline extended until Monday.   So now I actually don’t have anything due this week – just two papers to finish by next week.   Life is good.

This morning I gave my cognitive neuroscience talk, which was the thing I was dreading most all quarter.  I practiced it three times this weekend, and looked my slides over with Lewis already, and I think it all paid off.  I felt very comfortable giving the talk, and I think I sounded like I knew that I was doing.  There was only one question from the audience, which was the part I was really dreading (the students in this class are a little… brash and cock-sure sometimes) and it was only to ask if the scan parameters I quoted was really what they did – which it was, of course.  So yay!  I also got to go first, so it was really great to get it out of the way, and be done for the rest of the morning.  And nearly the rest of the quarter!

I’m at the point where I can list all the places I need to be and all the things I need to do: two Ling 1 lectures to attend, one to collect homeworks, and one to hand back papers, one section to teach, one study session to help run, one informal paper discussion to give, and two papers to hand in.  And in 8 days, I’ll be completely and totally done until nearly October.  Incredible, isn’t it?

The only other piece of news on the Laurfront is that I seem to have contracted Davis allergies.  Yesterday on the way home from sushi, my eye sort of itched.  By the time I got home, my eyelid was all poofy.  I washed it off and it went away.  This morning when I woke up, my *other* eyelid was swollen.  It felt like it was twice the normal size, and I had trouble looking in all directions.  But I took a shower, and by the time I was done, it was pretty much gone.  Same thing happened this afternoon – suddenly itchy eyeball, which puffs up as soon as you scratch it, and goes away 15 or 20 minutes after you wash it.  Yuck!  I haven’t the faintest idea what it is that’s setting me off like this, but I’m putting my money on pollen or dust of some kind.  Davis is well renowned for being one of the most allegry inducing places you can live, and I guess my allergy-free self finally met her match.