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Monday, June 17, 2013

This blog is actually not going to be about workouts. Shocker, I know. But I don't have a lot to say about it really. Friday at CrossFit was fantastic. The owner, who I have known for less than a week, seems to have taken an interest in me and spent some quality time one-on-one with me Friday working on my overhead squat. It was great. Totally pushed me out of my comfort zone and I amazed myself with my abilities again.

But I didn't go Saturday, they are closed Sunday, and today the WOD included 100 burpees. I'm still in the bad habit of cherry-picking workouts and I'm sorry, but I'm not at a point yet where I'm crazy enough to do 100 burpees. I'd rather do... anything else, actually... like maybe hitting myself in the face with a tack hammer.

So this blog is going to be a little bit about life instead.

So I mentioned last time that I started a "real" blog on Saturday, but I think it may have been implied it was a food/fitness/health blog, and it isn't... it's um... gah, I'm a little embarrassed about it still. It's a biology blog. Allow me to explain the best I can. Many of you know that I want to teach biology (at the post-secondary level, introductory courses to freshmen, non-majors, nursing students and things like that) and that I'm in the process of trying to get into grad school to get my master's degree so I can do that. I've already dealt with my first round of rejection, yay me, so my next endeavor is to take my biology subject GRE and show grad schools yes, I did learn something in undergrad and I can prove it. This will, of course, only work if I do well on the test... test-taking is like hit or miss with me. Anyway, not the point. That's just background.

I've been thinking for a very long time that I wanted to have a blog. I love to write and I love to talk biology (hello, why I want to teach). I've always thought it would be great to have a blog someday where I explain things in a non-intimidating, conversationally-voiced way and just have... I don't know, my own little bio-corner of the web emoticon where I can nerd out and write and be creative.

For now it's really just to help me study for my biology GRE. I completely 100% believe the absolute best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. I mean, I tutored for 3+ years and I am never gonna forget that stuff ever. It takes your understanding of something to an entirely different level when you have to pick it apart and master it to explain it to someone who doesn't understand it. So right now I'm going to work my way through a review of my degree and write entries like I am teaching this stuff to someone. Someday I'd love to see it grow and evolve (heh emoticon ) to something much bigger and more impressive.

I'm a little more than hesitant to share the link, because I haven't written much and seriously, it's going to be real basic for a long time and I have several very well-educated science-y Sparkfriends I wouldn't be like super proud to show my entry about zwitterions... but I might share, eventually, if anyone is really interested.

I just realized I wrote a blog about a blog. Hot damn on a biscuit, I am a nerd.

On a slightly related note, I had a pleasant day at work today. I helped out my gay BFF who has been having carpal tunnel symptoms. It hurts him to pipette so I did a bunch of samples for him and the topic of school came up. I hadn't really, you know, shouted it from the rooftops that I got rejected, so of course he asked me and I was honest and told him I wasn't going anywhere for awhile. He hugged me and said "You'll go next fall, and in the meantime, we'll have another year to spend together." I might have teared up, can't say for sure. I mean, my allergies were really bugging me today.

Well, all that was pretty personal. Hope you enjoyed the deviation from the glorious, exhilarating pain and agony I usually entertain you with.

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    If you ever want to share the link, I'd read it!
    1766 days ago
    I'd love to read your Bio-blog! I haven't taken bio for a while (not since HS, really), and while it doesn't need to be really dumbed down, review is always good :)
    1766 days ago
  • GINAV2
    If you ever do get to where you want to share your blog I too would like to see it! Also, I lol'd at your "evolve" joke. Ah, nerd humor... emoticon
    1767 days ago
    I would read your nerdblog, I could stand to learn some biology :) I used to have a chemistry blog but we took the site down this year.
    1767 days ago
    I'd be interested in your blog. I didn't have a very good biology teacher in high school. Lately, I've been tossing around the idea of going back to school for Nursing, but because of the high school teacher, I'm so scared that I won't pass biology.
    1767 days ago
    Good luck with the blog! I'd be very interested in reading it. If you choose not to give a public link, could you possibly message me, if it would not be too much trouble?


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    1768 days ago
    Laughed out loud about the maybe crying maybe alleries comment :)

    Dont worry about school you will get in. Here's a doozy for you- my great friend has dreamed about being a Doctor since we were freshman in college. Gets 4.0 from a state school has the best recommendations from her teachers etc. She is the WORST standardized test taker I know- I dont know if she over stresses/analyses etc. She took her MCAT 5 times before getting excepted into Med School- Now not only is that test over a grand. but that my friend is dedication. She is taking her boards today after completing her frist 2 years. So nervous/excited for her.

    You can do this!
    1768 days ago
    Meta-blogging, I love it! Human biology is coolness itself, the rest of it I have to admit, doesn't stoke my fire. But maybe that's because I had a not-great teacher. Where were you in 1996??
    1768 days ago
    Looooooved biology at school!
    1768 days ago
    Biology?!? emoticon EEEKKK!
    I fainted in grade 7 when we had to touch a cow heart... skipped the class that we dissected the frog... didn't even BOTHER to take Bio in grade 12! I think you could teach me A LOT OF THINGS I missed out on!!!

    (However... I still might faint... some things never change! LOL)

    FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!!! You can do anything you want to do, JUST DO IT!
    1768 days ago
    I'm so happy for you! Go for that blog! AND... I can't wait to read it! One thing I love to do is learn.

    My allergies have been flaring up too ;) But, then again, I tear up over The Golden Girls.
    1768 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    Having a biology blog doesn't make you a nerd.. Saying "hot damn on a biscuit" does though :-p Sounds pretty cool tho.. Looking forward to reading it :)
    1768 days ago
    Sounds on writing really cool biology blogs.... then maybe you can sell the rights to your website for a million bucks...or better yet, push the envelope on Xenobiology and hope that someone make you an offer to turn your blogs into a Hollywood blockbuster starring you as the Burpee-busting, Crossfit action hero!

    In space, no one can hear you scream.....doing Burpees!
    1768 days ago
    Keep pushing and you will reach your goals! Just dont give up!
    1768 days ago
    I enjoyed taking biology in high school and college. It's the only science class I did well in. Chemistry was pure torture! I'd surely read the blog, and starting out with basics would be good since I'm not an expert and I work in the legal field! (I started out wanting to go into nursing, which is why I have those science classes under my belt).
    1768 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Hey, I like this blog about a blog. Pretty cool. I learned a lot about you. Would love to hear more about biology in a way I could understand it. Not my best subject in school. Thanks for sharing.
    1768 days ago
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