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My plane leaves in just about 14 hours for the Caribbean, and a week of fun, sun, diving, drinks, and friends.

Of course, we haven’t started packing, or doing laundry, or any of that other stuff necessary, but my talk and my poster are as done as possible for the time being.

We’re going with James M and Alisa, as well as a bunch of other people, including my mother-in-law, so it should be a horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad wonderful vacation.

We’re diving every day, 2-3 times at least, in water that’s about 30 degrees warmer than here in Monterey, and things are a lot more colorful and plentiful than Monterey.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Monterey diving, I just wouldn’t be entirely heartbroken if I was told I could only dive in the tropics ever again.

So, adieu for now. I’ll be back in a week and a day, bringing July with me. It may take some convincing to get me into 50 degree water on the 4th of July after this trip, but it’ll be great while it lasts!!

Must.

Beat.

Computer.

Into.

Submission.

ARGH!!!!!

God help them if I ever come face to face with the people responsible for Powerpoint.

Groaners

1. HOW DO YOU GET HOLY WATER?
You boil the hell out of it.

2. WHAT DO FISH SAY WHEN THEY HIT A CONCRETE WALL?
Dam.

3. WHAT DO ESKIMOS GET FROM SITTING ON THE ICE TOO LONG?
Polaroids.

4. WHAT DO YOU CALL A BOOMERANG THAT DOESN’T WORK?
A stick.

5. WHAT DO YOU CALL CHEESE THAT ISN’T YOURS?
Nacho Cheese.

6. WHAT DO YOU CALL SANTA’S HELPERS?
Subordinate Clauses.

7. WHAT DO YOU CALL FOUR BULLFIGHTERS IN QUICKSAND?
Quattro cinco.

8. WHAT DO YOU GET FROM A PAMPERED COW?
Spoiled milk.

9. WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU CROSS A SNOWMAN WITH A VAMPIRE?
Frostbite.

10. WHAT LIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN AND TWITCHES?
A nervous wreck.

11. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ROAST BEEF AND PEA SOUP?
Anyone can roast beef.

12. WHERE DO YOU FIND A DOG WITH NO LEGS?
Right where you left him.

13. WHY DO GORILLAS HAVE BIG NOSTRILS?
Because they have big fingers.

14. WHY DON’T BLIND PEOPLE LIKE TO SKY DIVE?
Because it scares the hell out of the dog.

15. WHAT KIND OF COFFEE WAS SERVED ON THE TITANIC?
Sanka.

16. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HARLEY AND A HOOVER?
The location of the dirt bag.

17. WHY DOES A PILGRIM’S PANTS ALWAYS FALL DOWN?
Because they wear their belt buckle on their hat.

18. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BAD GOLFER AND A BAD SKY DIVER?
A bad golfer goes whack, damn. A bad skydiver goes damn, whack.

19. WHAT DO YOU CALL SKYDIVING LAWYERS?
Skeet.

20. WHAT GOES CLOP, CLOP, CLOP, BANG, BANG, CLOP, CLOP, CLOP?
An Amish Drive-By Shooting.

21. HOW ARE A TEXAS TORNADO AND A TENNESSEE DIVORCE THE SAME?
Either way, somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.

BTW, 3 DAYS ONLY!!

But more importantly, baby duckies!!

Awhile ago, I realized that the female duck who’d taken up residence in the fountain on my walking route from the parking garage to work had had baby ducklings. Three, actually. They were incredibly cute and little and fluffy and yellow. Now they’re bigger and browner, but still incredibly cute and fluffy.

I’ve made it a point the last couple weeks to stop on my way to and from work and watch them for a bit.

And this morning, I realized another mom had had a set of babies. Just two of them, but there are now 5 baby duckies to watch.

Well, 3 teenagers and 2 babies. But so cute!!!

Only 4 more days until we leave!!

Well, at this point, it’s really more like 3 days and 4 hours.

SWEET!

Talk? Completed, as of now.

Poster? Completed, as of now.

“As of now”, referring, of course, to the meeting with Dr. M tomorrow, after which I have to change everything. Again.

And to wrap it all up, dinner with Amelia.

We haven’t seen that much of each other lately, partly because we’re both crazy busy (she’s leaving for Asia and then the Northwest, I’m leaving for the Caribbean and then the East Coast), and partly, I think, due to me being afraid to get my feet wet again.

But, she referred to me tonight as her best friend again, as in “It sucks that we’re so busy that I have to make a date to see my best friend.” So I’m feeling good, and feeling like I need to stop being a ninny and just call her up more often.

Of course, that requires time to call her up.

Ask me again about free time sometime after July 13.

Oh, wait, then I get to start AI training. Yippeee skippee. I’m really excited, let me tell you. (Now repeat all that in a totally monotone voice lacking any sort of excitement, and you’ve got an approximation for what I’m feeling about additional stresses in my life.)

We went to one of our old favorites for dinner, and ran into a waiter that we used to see all the time. He had a huge crush on her awhile back, and probably still does. I felt bad when we stopped going due to time constraints, and didn’t want him to think it was because of him. But we saw him, we joked about being chained to work (sadly, not really a joke at all), and had a good time, both with each other and with him when he could spare us a couple minutes.

Of course, after Friday, we won’t be in the same state again until July 18th. Amelia and I, that is. No idea about the waiter.

*sigh*

Then again, we’ll both have our conference talks out of the way, and will hopefully be less insane by then.

No guarantees, though.

Gah.

Walking in to work this morning, I heard a voice call my name.

Last time that happened, it was Elizabeth, who’d just arrived for MedSchool and recognized me.

This time, it was Jenny, the ex-student admin for our department. Jenny is the nicest, most wonderful, motherly, loving, understanding, accepting and easy-going person I have ever met. If I ever got to pick a second mother, she would pretty much be The List, with the possible exception of Dave’s mom, who’s also pretty wonderful.

Example: When I was here for interviews, I was still taking my anti-diabetes medication, which caused me to somewhat regularly wake up in the middle of the night and toss my cookies. Sadly, I made it to the bathroom of the hotel room but still managed to get said cookies all over my pajamas. The next day, I asked Jenny if, during some free time, I could go find a laundromat. I had two days of interviews here left, and then was headed to UNC. Jenny told me to just have the hotel do the laundry, charge it to the room, and the department would pay for it. Granted, not her money, but she let me do it, and then spent the rest of the time making sure I was okay and everything. It was so wonderful, and she really was one of my top reasons for coming here for school.

Sadly, she took time off to have a baby, then another baby, and then be a stay-at-home mom for awhile, so she was only around for a little bit at a time once I actually got here. When she decided she wanted to come back, the department only had a part-time position, having already hired someone for her old job, but still needing help for that person. She wanted full-time, and moved on.

But then I saw her today, and she’s back on this side of campus, and my day went from 0 to great in the time it took for her to call out my name. We talked only briefly, about John, diving, research, the nearness of my graduation, her kids, her new job, but it was a wonderful couple minutes.

Do you ever have someone in your life who can just brighten everything, even with brief exposure? That’s how Jenny is.

And suddenly, even doing a bunch of harvests today wasn’t that bad, even if I did have to work with the incompetent labmate.

Coupled with an hour of coffee and gossip with Rhiannon, life is great.

AND we leave for vacation in 5, count ’em, 5 days.

*grin*

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!!!

Really? Go outside. Enjoy the day.

By this time next Saturday, I’ll be on a beach. Daquiri in one hand, sunning and relaxing. Sweet.

And if you want to go see Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer? It’s cheesy, but an entertaining 90 minutes. Might have helped if I’d seen the first one, but maybe not.

And Jeff? Awesome to go see movies with. We’re apparently both all about making snarky comments during movies, while John just smiles and nods and goes back to watching the movies. We all went out for James M’s birthday. Fun stuff.

And there’s Killer Bunnies in the works tonight.

But first? I’ve got three hours and nothing to do, and a $100 bucks that I made while swimming lifeguarding in the pool this morning.

This is the life. For the most part.

Now go outside and enjoy it!!!

Because even making rediculously detailed lists and getting to cross something off makes me happy, you get this. Enjoy.

*****

Finish talk for gigantic international meeting…eek!
Meet with Dr. M to go over talk…again.
Finish poster for same meeting.
Send poster to get printed.
Okay proof for poster.
Practice talk.
Condense talk into 12, that’s right, 12 minutes (totally doable-I talk fast when nervous, and believe you me, 1000 people listening is sure to make me nervous).
Finish fusion assays…again.
Finish various growth experiments.
Finish reading related literature (the stack is only 6 inches deep, people, this is totally resonable).
Arrange for lab mates to help with time points of various growth experiments while on vacation.

DM for Discover Scuba tonight (hereafter referred to as Disco Scuba cause that’s just more fun).
DM for pool party tomorrow morning.
Possibly do AI training stuff tomorrow morning before pool party.
AI training next Thursday possibly?
Caribbean travel meeting Monday.
Dive Club on Wednesday.
Finish arranging prelimnary details for non-diving Dive Club activity.
Game night Saturday.

Get car registered in CA.
Take care of car insurance.
Quietly freak out about sky-high comprehensive insurance on new car.
Decide that thus buying a drysuit right now is not financially feasible.
Get traveler’s checks for trip.

Pack for trip.
Clean house before trip (because I hate coming home to a dirty house).
Give the Albanian directions and a key so he can keep the cats and rabbit happy for a week.
Figure out if we need to buy rabbit and/or cat fud before leaving.
Empty out fridge of anything that will be green and moldy by the time we return.
Figure out picking up James M, who’s staying at our house the night before so as to be closer to airport.
Get dive gear bags out of storage.
Arrange shuttle to airport.

Find brain.
Attach to head more permanently.
Finish freaking out in general.

*****

Alright, what have I forgotten. I’m sure there’s something, but only time will tell.

Must go faster, must go faster, go, go, go, go!

Only two more hours of work. My days/weeks have to slow down eventually, right?

Now where is some chocolate……

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