Thursday, April 14, 2011

Random Snippets, Thursday Edition

  • Well, folks, it's official - I graduated. I wrote and defended my thesis and my family (and Alex's) came to visit for about a week. We had a great time altogether, but I must admit, I'm a little beat. My brain isn't entirely functioning well, and I am looking forward to heading home to CA for a little R&R. Oh, and some wedding planning. 
  • It has been both gorgeous and miserable around here lately. It's been cold and rainy and then sunny and warm and then cold and rainy. Today, it's gorgeous, with bright sunshine, warm on my shoulders, and the trees blooming everywhere. I really like it when the flowers on the trees drop their petals in the gentle breeze - its looks like light snow :)
  • Last night, Alex and I performed a swing dance as part of a group. We performed at the SugarHouse, which is a new casino that just opened up on the Delaware Riverfront. It was a pretty weird experience, to say the least. I think the performance went well, but those casinos are just weird. Afterward, we headed out to our favorite bar, Dark Horse, with most of the people from our dance group. It's always so much fun to hang out with new people - especially those that don't talk science. It was great to unwind.
  • I am amazed that I am done with the whole thesis thing. I just have to print out a couple more copies (seriously, could I KILL any MORE trees? Ugh) and Dan will get them bound for me. How weird will it be to have my name on the spine of a book?
  • I went to a conference on Monday at the National Constitution Center. It was arranged by the woman who I will be working for starting June 1. I got to meet most of the people in her lab, which was great, and everyone seems cool & interesting. It will be so nice to actually work with people for a change. I'm a social creature by nature - this whole working alone thing is not fun!
  • I still haven't done my state taxes - guess I better get on that!