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I’ve moved on to a bigger (not necessarily better) place.
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06/12/2009 at 9:17 am

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I never got a chance to say how great The Foreign Exchange was at Cat’s Cradle the other night. Absolutely loved the show.  I purchased the Darien Brockington album back when I first picked up Leave It All Behind.  He was impressive at the show.  After hearing Yazahrah at the show, I feel like she could have EASILY replaced Muhsinah on most of the tracks.  I might try to catch Yazahrah opening for India.Arie soon. Take the jump…

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04/23/2009 at 10:14 am

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Terrible Day Turned Great

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Up until 20 minutes ago my day looked like:

Woke up @ noon to a terrible sinus headache.  Baked some no-knead bread. Checked out the latest articles on PubMed relating to DnaQ and double strand break repair.  Call and pester Brittany at work. And we don’t stop…

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04/17/2009 at 3:03 pm


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I’m still alive.

I feel like these past few weeks I have been doing everything and nothing, all at the same time.  I am dead tired every morning and night, but at the end of the day I feel like I haven’t accomplished much.  The semester is nearing an end, so I hope this will lighten the load a little bit.

My Evolutionary Genetics course turned out to be 10 times better than I previously thought.  I forced myself to actually study for the last two tests rather than simply glancing over the material.  I pulled some pretty decent grades out the hat.  A 91 and an 88.  They’ll do.  Everyone knows grad students can’t worry about grades; we have to worry about our research.  Speaking of research… that’s been slowly going down the drain.  But I think it’s because you either do well in classes and suck in the lab or do well in lab and are completely lost in your classes.  There simply are not enough hours in the day.  There was a proposal due for this class, and I settled on sexual selection in Drosophila.  I know that sounds a wee bit vague, but we ended up narrowing it down to seminal fluid protein Acp62F and the  cost of mating in female Drosophila melanogaster. This was totally away from my area of DNA damage and repair in E. coli, but I found myself really enjoying the work and the story behind it.  I wouldn’t mind learning some fly techniques.  Add that to my science things to do list, right under Mixed-species Biofilms!

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04/06/2009 at 8:13 am

Sunday Summary

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Last week’s soundtrack was: The-Dream’s Love v. Money

This has been a crazy week.  I feel like I cannot get anything done in the lab without slacking in every other area.  Like my advisor said, “Grad school is a lesson in efficiency.”

My project is taking off…thank God!  But I keep running into little snafu-s.  Molecular cloning is not my friend right now.  A couple weeks ago, I championed myself as the master of cloning troubleshooting.  Now, I’m face to face with a mystery.  Hopefully some additional controls will let me know where my experiment is going wrong.

I’m gearing up for my first committee meeting.  This is my first step towards my preliminary exam.  It’s something like the end of the world in my mind.  I know it’s coming, but I just don’t want to think about it.  Each day, I just try to chip away at this big block of chaos.

Thursday, I had the honor of hearing Dr. Lewis Johnson from FAMU speak to a group of minority graduate students in the sciences.  He presented a series of quotes from a variety of sources – like Benjamin Mays to Guinan from Star Trek The Next Generation – and spoke about how the applied to the graduate school process and entering academia.  It was pretty interesting.

My Evolutionary Genetics test went well … I believe.  My Dad laughs whenever I tell him that I think I did well on something so I’m going to celebrate.  He says it’s like grading my own paper – of course I’ll be lenient and explain the errors away.

I woke up this morning and treated myself to some strawberry pancakes.  I deserved something nice.  A cup of blueberry coffee and some Bisquick pancakes with fresh strawberries.  I didn’t even bother to make them from scratch.  Don’t judge me!

Well I’m headed to school to meet with this girl and discuss Drosophila seminal fluid proteins… yuck!  Then I have to prepare for the rest of this week in the lab.

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03/22/2009 at 10:35 am