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Update on the crazy

Monday, February 20, 2012

Okay so I didn't freak out on Friday like I planned to. I restrained myself and came out looking like the calm, sane one in the situation.

I met with the ombudsman in the afternoon. The department has already been watching this girl since they feel she might not be PhD material and know that she has issues (she's been kicked out of six labs). I basically told them about the violence and anger issues, and mentioned that the girl threatened to strangle the ombudsman's husband on numerous occasions (he's the dept chair). So that got their attention. They want to get her into counseling for anger and for her issues, of which are several, but I also just wanted to report it in case this girl goes nuts on us all and gets a gun -- she's seriously the type...

And then I met with my boss. He was the one who actually brought up Jenniffer! I didn't even have to bring her up! So now that I know that he's also having doubts about keeping this girl, I'm just going to keep my mouth shut. He basically told me to ignore her and just try to avoid her as much as possible... so I don't know what he's thinking, but now I know that's its not 100% I'm going to keep her.

So that went well... Most of my friends ditched town for the weekend so it was very chill. The scale was only down 0.4 lbs this morning, so I didn't feel like lowering my weight loss on Spark. Le sigh... Oh well, here's to another week!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/20/2012 2:04PM

    Sometimes we worry too much about things. I'm glad that you kept your cool and allowed the conversations go where they needed too. I hope all gets worked out for your situation.

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SUSIEGKORN 2/20/2012 12:07PM

    emoticonYou were brave and wise to talk to the ombudsman and your boss about Jennifer. She will be better off for it and so will you. I'm proud of you for stepping up. I hope it works out for you the way you need it to.

A 0.4 pound loss is better than nothing. And much better than a gain ~ especially since you had a low-key weekend. Sounds like you have it under control.

Here's to a good week! emoticon

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 2/20/2012 11:32AM

    Good luck! You can do it!!! Proud of you for keeping your cool for it!

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MICKAELAP 2/20/2012 11:29AM

    Good Luck to you!

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Feeling Less Crazy Today

Friday, February 17, 2012

So yesterday was a whirlwind. I felt like starting a fight with this girl because of her attitude. Nothing has changed, I'm being five and acting like she doesn't exist right now. It seems to be working to keep me sane.

I was supposed to meet with my boss to go over my thesis plan... and hopefully talk of graduation in August. I just got a call though, he's busy delivering Girl Scout cookies and wants to reschedule. So okay... whatever, I was just planning on using that time to calmly, rationally talk to him about this girl. Yesterday she literally threw a $500 pipettor across a benchtop. And it wasn't even hers! I am getting out of here, so it really doesn't matter to me what the heck she does, as long as it doesn't get in my way. I'm about to go clean her incubator for her -- I literally offered to do the scummiest job in the lab, that's how much my OCD, oh-no-she-didn't!-I want this done. *sigh*

When I got home from work I complained to a former lab member. She thought from the outside, how crazy this girl is was comical. Knowing that I was there she felt bad, but honestly this person is NUTS! I changed into my workout clothes and did a 5K to get all of the built up energy out. Whew, haven't done one in awhile, and I do mine on a 5% incline on the treadmill to get more of a calorie burn, so today I'm feeling it, but in a good way.

Later I talked to my dad that night and his offer of help was "make sure you take an ativan before you go into your meeting so you don't overreact." Thanks dad, drug up and everything will be a little easier.... well I did just to be safe and not look crazy.

SO right now I'm mellow, I'm working on my thesis plan, and I'm going to enjoy my Friday.

Have you guys seen this 5K that's going to be in St. Louis? -- there's a St. Louis race on 8/18 that I'm probably going to sign up for:
is-mo/ SO this will be my first 5K that I will actually run! And look ridiculous of course... but that just makes it more fun :-)

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/17/2012 1:49PM

    Take the weekend to rest and relax.

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RR1_RR1 2/17/2012 11:13AM

    Man I hear ya. I wanted to punch a co-worker Im but most importantly, tomorrow is Saturday:)

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It's on... (ranting blog, fyi)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

So I can't take it anymore. I've complained about my coworker before... but now -- she's dirty. Literally dirty. Her incubator (the box where we keep our sterile cell cultures growing) is full of mold and bacteria and she refuses to clean it.

Refuses to clean what should be a sterile environment. *head banging against wall* I even offered to clean it for her!

So I'm done. I can't take it anymore, the gloves are coming off, and I'm filing a complaint. I tried to talk to my boss, but he brushed me off. I'm meeting with him tomorrow morning to go over my thesis plan, but instead I'm going to continue to let him know how bad it is in the lab. We are seriously concerned that this girl might do something rash. She throws stuff, kicks stuff, breaks stuff, and is so angry ALL the time that we don't know how to handle her. We've been mostly ignoring her, but she all but challenged me today to do something about it.

All this time I have been repressing the inner mean girl, going out of my way to help her, and she is the rudest, most vile, aggressive person I have ever met in my life -- so now it is my MISSION to get her to be reprimanded in some way. She cannot go through the next six to seven years (because she's not that smart, and she doesn't have what it takes to graduate with a PhD in biochemistry) at this University bullying my friends and coworkers. I literally have had it.

As I said, I'm meeting with my boss tomorrow morning, and with our departmental ombudsman in the afternoon. I will go to HR and the graduate school if I have to and file a complaint against her. Am I crazy that I shouldn't be scared to work in the same room as this woman? The fact that not only I, but two other twenty something guys, and a Mormon father of five are all fed up and scared of upsetting her because we are afraid of what she will do should be enough for my boss to step in, but he won't.

SO there's my rant. I'm going to go home and try to channel some of this aggression into my work out. *sigh*

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IILAAD65 2/18/2012 11:31AM

    What kind of lab is this?? I take it you both are working on your PhD?

Nope - you aren't wrong. BUT keep in mind how those that work with you will react.. stay strong!!!

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/16/2012 8:04PM

    I calmed down a bit. I'm going to be calm and rational - I don't want to look like the crazy one here.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/16/2012 7:31PM

    Try to be in check when you put in your complaint. I think you are doing the right thing.

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NINJA_SMOO 2/16/2012 5:53PM

  Oi... that sounds rough hun! I hope HR et al do something about her, finally.

Aside, I made multiple complaints to my manager and my assistant manager about my direct supervisor only to have them do nothing. It wasn't until I went to HR, and voiced my concerns not only about the supervisor but with management's lack of action that things happened - and boy, they happened FAST!

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Weekend Craziness

Monday, February 13, 2012

Friday my friends and I decided to have a girl's night. We got all gussied up and went out to some bars for drinks and dancing. They haven't seen me intoxicated before, and Friday I decided to let loose and have a few too many. I don't really drink because I have a genetic thing that makes me get a vicious hangover from very little alcohol if I'm not careful. Basically I have to save up months worth of enzyme in my liver before I can drink and not feel like death the next day. But since I've been here for 4.5 years and they've never seen it, I figured what the heck.

I planned in advance for the booze too. Between diet and working out like crazy before I got ready for the night, I was running a ~1200 calorie deficit. I did my homework on Spark and figured out what drinks would be better... and then didn't follow any of it. Between the flatbread halfway through the night and the shots I don't think I was too far over my calories for the day.

My friend Erin was staying with me for her birthday this weekend too. So we ate out a lot. She was an undergrad where I'm a grad student, so she had a lot of restaurants to hit up. I tried to not get too many bad foods, get in a lot of protein, but once again -- I didn't count calories. I think what the heck, I know its only one day -- I will do better, and I didn't beat myself up about it. It was a lot of fun too seeing some of her friends I don't hang out with.

Sunday was pretty busy too. We all slept in, got brunch, and she headed home. I headed to work and to the mall. I caved and got some new stuff at Maurice's. I needed smaller cami's to wear under my shirts, but the new clothes in there for Spring are really cute. I got two shrugs to wear over some of my tank tops -- I hate my arms, they are still the fattest part of my body, and Maurice's has some great cover ups to layer over tighter fitting tanks/short sleeve shirts. I also bought one box of Girl Scout cookies. I just can't say no. I used to hock them when I was a kid, so I feel obligated to get a box. 4 thin mints are only 160 calories, so I think that is going to be my treat for the week if I'm under on calories. Then back to work to finish up -- I was there until 7. Ick.

So today I slept in. There's snow everywhere, so I'm going to digest breakfast, work out, and then head into work later this afternoon.

Happy Monday everyone.

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SHRINKINGLULU 2/13/2012 2:55PM

    Sounds like a really fun weekend!! You know those thin mints hold up really well to being frozen. I, personally, would put 4 each in sandwich baggies and freeze all but 1 bag. Then when you eat that 1 bag you can wait until the next day, or a few days later, to take out another bag to defrost for when you're ready to eat them. Then they don't go stale but you also don't get tempted to eat more than a serving!
I think it's great that you got some new clothes. Feeling like you look good will help give you the motivation to work hard and keep feeling good about the way you look!

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KLONG8 2/13/2012 12:35PM

    Sounds like a very fun weekend. I've just "met" you but it sounds like you planned for a wel-deserved weekend. Glad you had a good time!

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Forks Over Knives

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I just watched a documentary on how your diet can drastically change your cancer risk. By reducing the amount of animal protein in your diet, and focusing on eating more plant based protein, you can drastically improve your health. This relates to some of the research that I do to find out why our Western Diet (ie high fat, high animal protein) causes more diseases and cancers. I am by no means telling anyone to go become vegan, I certainly won't, but it does make you question the amount of dairy products and meat that you consume.

I'm feeling good right now after avoiding dairy for three days. I might crumble tonight since my date is cooking dinner, but everything I've had so far for the past three days has been dairy free. Some people have suggested Almond milk -- I didn't really like it. I need to just go buy like three different types of soy and rice milk and see what tastes the best to me. Cheese = arch nemesis right now, so so long cheese curds, mozzarella, and parmesan, you won't be missed.

Anyway -- the documentary is on instant Netflix. Here's a link to their website: .

I'm going to make my parents watch it sometime this week. I think it might help my dad out. I've been trying to get him to reduce dairy in his diet for awhile now, but maybe this will get him to listen.

Anyway, quick update and just letting you all know about something that I found useful and interesting.

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KLONG8 2/13/2012 12:31PM

    Always makes some sense to keep searching for the best diet. I

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RR1_RR1 2/13/2012 12:14PM

    I just read people with asthma need to get more veggy proteins too so looking into it. Also cutting back on dairy. thanks for the link!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/10/2012 11:04AM

    I was planning on watching that at some point.

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JESSIEJUICE 2/9/2012 8:41PM

    For non-dairy cheese, Daiya is my favorite :). Teese is also supposed to be excellent but I think it's harder to find... you can check on their website to see if it's sold near you!

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ALPINESALLIE 2/8/2012 7:34PM

    wow, very interesting - I will definitely have to watch that one! Besides Almond Milk, I find coconut milk more tolerable and it doesn't taste like coconut flavor (like I thought it would, cause I really don't like coconut) so you might want to give it a go....

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NEWLYWED2011 2/8/2012 7:34PM

    It's SUCH a good documentary, but I still haven't gained the strength to try some of those dairy free products (i'm SUCH a creature of habit). Their research was pretty convincing though...I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw it and stopped to think! Now I wish I could take the plunge and knock out dairy (or at least most of it).

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/8/2012 7:13PM

    Dairy free and I feel sooooo much better. I was taking my pills when I had cheese, but my body was still feeling crappy. It's like drinking once or twice a day everyday vs being completely sober.

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/8/2012 6:19PM

I eat a lot of dairy in the form of cheese. I too am lactose-intolerant and use enzyme pills to combat it.
Are you finding there is a difference in bloating or anything with being dairy free?

Comment edited on: 2/8/2012 6:20:31 PM

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GAMELISSA 2/8/2012 4:09PM

  Thanks for the tip! I will look it up on my netflix account tonight!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 2/8/2012 3:43PM

    Thanks for the Blog

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