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Trying to get back to normal
Friday, March 22, 2013      3 comments

My committee has my thesis. I completed my first practice defense. I have substantial work to do on my presentation and 2 more scheduled practice defenses to go before the real deal next Friday. Keeping that in mind, I've decided I need... Read more
What?! Where'd January go?!?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013      1 comments

I got a couple of nasty surprises today that really shouldn't have been surprises. It's January 30th. That means only ONE more day on January 2013. A small piece of me is beyond excited about this because there are so many fabulous advent... Read more
58 days
Wednesday, January 16, 2013      2 comments

58 days until my thesis is due. It's due two months from yesterday. GAAAH!! I swore up and down I wouldn't let my experiments linger this long. Guess what I did? Some of them are bad luck or rather bad collaborators taking forev... Read more
TV can sit on it
Saturday, January 12, 2013      0 comments

I'm starting to write up my doctoral thesis, at least I'm supposed to be. I've been an expert procrastinator since before I knew what a deadline was. It doesn't help that the more stressed or anxious I get, the more difficult it is for me to a... Read more
Dealing with the TV
Sunday, January 06, 2013      1 comments

Growing up in an Italian-American household, I used to crave quiet. I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table trying to do my homework and wishing everyone would just shut-up! Now my apartment is too quiet. I often start to spook myself ... Read more
traveling pitfalls
Wednesday, November 28, 2012      0 comments

I'm traveling for work for two weeks in a last ditch effort to try to get my PhD to work. I have minimal confidence that any of this is going to work which likely means that I'm "wasting" two weeks of precious time and chunk of grant money. The... Read more
War for the High School jeans: Battle One Won!
Friday, November 02, 2012      4 comments

At the end of August I resolved that I wanted to try to wear my high school jeans again. Since then, things have been a little rocky but I finally conquered the first stronghold. I buttoned and zipped the darn things!!!! September 2... Read more
The week I almost quit my PhD for the 5478721 time
Thursday, October 11, 2012      4 comments

I am roughly 160 days from defending my PhD in biochemistry. All of my favorite post docs are telling me that I should try to resist counting down but at this point I can't help it. Grad school has been littered with ups and downs so you would ... Read more
Hello dehydration, now go away!
Monday, October 08, 2012      2 comments

Today I was at the gym and feeling unusually sore after weight training. I blamed it on a weekend of bad sleep thanks to long bartending shifts and an anxiety/depression flare up and decided I was going to fight through it. 7 minutes and 30 se... Read more
All about attitude
Tuesday, September 11, 2012      1 comments

I've had an attitude problem since I was about 7 years old. I hate being told what to do, especially if whatever you want me to do conflicts with previously blocked out as my time. This attitude problem usually gets me in hot water at least on... Read more
Owning up to pasta and not apologizing
Thursday, August 23, 2012      4 comments

We had a group luncheon today. Our postdoc from Napoli, Italy is leaving soon so she brought in homemade pasta carbonara and tiramisu. I had giant first and second helpings and had completely used up my calories for the day by 12:30pm. And I'm... Read more
the battle for high school jeans
Wednesday, August 22, 2012      1 comments

I've been back at boxing for a little over 2 weeks now and I absolutely love it. Ever since I first started boxing 4 years ago I've loved. My balance and form is slowly coming back and with it my speed and power. I've done more push-ups than ... Read more
Back from Spain!
Saturday, August 04, 2012      1 comments

I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Spain; 5 days in Madrid for a research conference and 5 days in Barcelona with the boyfriend for vacation. The trip was a rollercoaster of activity and emotions that still makes me hesitate for a moment... Read more
One foot in front of the other
Tuesday, June 26, 2012      0 comments

2012 hasn't been a great year for me. My research is behaving like an unruly two year old and it's only because I've put two years of work into already that I haven't thrown it out the window. I have roughly 6 months to finish up the majority ... Read more
3 year Spark-a-versary
Monday, May 14, 2012      0 comments

Sunday was my 3 year anniversary on Sparkpeople. I am 27 pounds down from my biggest. 21 pounds down from my heaviest spark weight and 7 pounds into my most recent battle of the bulge. I did not think I would still be in this war. I reached m... Read more

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