Ruminations. (aka: Masticate This.)


I See a Pattern/Repeating, Repeating/E’er Repeating Onwards
November 18, 2007, 6:35 pm
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How can something repeat onwards? Isn’t repetition cyclic? Oh, well, I never claimed to make sense.

I realize I missed another day. Oh well. It was a long day, and I was tired. I had an appointment to get my hair cut in the morning – it looks great now! And then, I worked an eight-and-a-half hour shift, so by the time I got home and ate, I was pretty much at my quitting point.

The latest episode of Dexter has me acquiring Chopin in great numbers. Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major being my initial acquisition, obviously, due to its prominence in the episode. I’m kind of falling in love with him. There’s something about his music that speaks to the emo-kid in me.

And really, what self-respecting university student doesn’t have some good Chopin on her MP3 player?

Organic Chemistry, in the meantime, is ruining my academic career.

That is all!

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I’m starting to grasp at straws here, folks.
November 16, 2007, 11:35 pm
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Pushing the envelope today, aren’t I? I’ve come to the conclusion that I pretty much never have anything of interest to say, and posting every day certainly amplifies my awareness of that.

My birthday is in one week. I’m going to be twenty. How frightening.

I am exhausted, but that’s no surprise.

I get my hair cut/styled/whatever tomorrow, so that it actually looks half-decent for my birthday, yay! I also work an eight hour shift tomorrow, which really sucks, boo!

Um. I really don’t have much else to say.



I’m on top of it this time!
November 15, 2007, 9:15 pm
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How about that – I didn’t miss a day this time! What can I say – it’s been a hectic week!

Tonight, I plan to squeeze in some chemistry time before bed – even though the midterm is over, there is a quiz on Monday on the same material. YAY. JOY AND EXCITEMENT!

Um. I’m tired, I have lots to do, and My head’s exploding.

That’s all for today, folks.

(remember, NaBloPoMo is about quantity, not quality.)



Good Grief, Charlie Brown
November 14, 2007, 12:19 pm
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I’m really not doing too great at this whole daily posting thing, am I? It’s a good thing I didn’t bother to attempt NaNoWriMo this year, I suppose.

I wrote my chemistry midterm this morning, and immediately afterwards, I felt like throwing up. It was pretty bad. There were multiple questions that quite seriously almost made me cry. I’m really not cut out for chemistry. Which is why I’m majoring in a biology subject. But they’re making me take chemistry anyway. Which makes me very, very sad.

I have a chemistry quiz on the same stuff on Monday. Woo. >.<

But! Good news is I got my genetics midterm mark, and I managed a B! Considering the last one was a C+, this is an improvement! Woo! I was one mark away from a B+, too, which drives me NUTS. It was probably a really easy question, too.

Now, I get to look forward to final exams! Woooooo!



Yes, yes, I know… I’m a bad, bad NaBloPoMo-er
November 12, 2007, 12:13 pm
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I missed another day.

I’ll make up for it!

And this is how:

Giving you the opportunity to learn about what’s keeping me from my NaBloPoMo obligations! 

Enjoy!



Midnight Madness Motivates Midnight Maulings
November 10, 2007, 9:05 pm
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Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? I am requesting that the person who invented midnight madness sales please step forward.

So I can beat you.

Alright, so I like tax-free stuff. I bought two pairs of corduroy pants today (in red! and purple!) for only $19.95 each, with no tax to make me cringe! Just today! I’m wearing the red ones now, just because it has been forever and a day since I’ve owned a pair of cords. I love cords!

But to get back on topic. I worked nine and a half excruciating hours today. It was busy as something that’s really, really busy. And people asked a lot of stupid questions regarding the percentage off. And the hours… crept… by… so… slowly… and… people… irritate me… except for that one guy who started talking to me about wine tasting and whatnot. That was random, and kind of cool.

So! Tonight I watch “What the Bleep do We Know!?“, a film that my brother borrowed from the library and sounds really interesting. Science, interpreted in a rather unconventional (to most) way that, from what I’m told, sounds right up my alley.

Tomorrow I start studying for my organic chemistry exam. Monday I do the same thing, at least until around 2:30ish, because I have to work at 4:00. Until 9:30. And then I have to get up at 5:30am and go to school and we have a new prof for the last lecture block of my microbiology class.

I’m kind of excited about the opportunity to work in a lab this summer. The prof who replied to me already is Dr. Arunika Gunawardena, and her lab studies programmed cell death in lace plants. This could be a really cool opportunity. I’ll let you know what happens. 🙂



A Sad Day, Indeed
November 9, 2007, 5:59 pm
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I missed yesterday’s post. I would like to apologize to all those who expected more of me. *sniff* *wipes a tear away*

I won’t let you down again, I promise!

Yesterday was… weird. I had multiple people tell me on Wednesday that I looked like I was about to collapse from exhaustion. Then I wrote my exam. Then I studied for the next one. Then I went to bed. Then I got up yesterday, went to my other exam, wrote it, and went and worked on my chemistry pre-lab for hours.

And today, my chemistry lab lasted forever (it went half an hour overtime), and! That’s not the last of it! I boiled away half my product, and so my percent recovery is going to be squat, and… well. Next week’s lab is going to suck. But it’s also the last one, so it’s going to rock. I kind of hope I get my “Stand Back: I’m Going To Try Science!” shirt before next Friday, because I really want to wear it to lab.

I have a paper on the Alu sequence PV92 (a type of SINE), and whether or not my genetics lab is in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium for it, to do that’s due on Tuesday. I have a chemistry exam on Wednesday that’s going to focus heavily on organic reaction mechanisms, which is something that I fail miserably at, and it will probably show in my mark for this test.

However! This weekend is a long weekend, so even though I work 9.5 hours this Saturday, I will have all of Sunday and Monday to study my brains out and get stuff finished. Yay!

I am going to be so bunt out by the end of this term, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Actually, I do: Go straight into 40 hour work-weeks. Woo. Why do I do this to myself?

I’ve started contacting professors regarding having a summer placement in a lab next summer. The positions are limited, so I figured if I started contacting people now, my chances of getting in there will be higher. I’ve already had one prof reply and ask to set up a meeting. Woo!

And… that is all…