Thursday, July 17, 2008

Other awesome things going on in my life

*One of my friends (well really 2 of my friends) had a baby last night. Crazyness!!

*I was chosen to be one of the presenters at a conference in October hosted by the CDC! (yes, that CDC, the Center for Disease control and Prevention!). The paper I'm presenting is chapter 2 of my dissertation. And since I'm one of only around 20 presenters, they pay for all travel and lodging expenses, woo! Now I actually have to write the paper! (to get a paper accepted, you just have to submit a 3-5 page paper proposal with a few preliminary findings)

*My first peer-reviewed journal article on which I am the first author is coming out in August! (I have one other peer-reviewed journal article, but I'm second author on that one)

*I submitted a revised copy of my masters thesis to another journal, and got a 'revise and resubmit' decision back in March. Last night I finally finished the revision and re-submitted it! Hopefully they will think it's awesome, so I can have at least 3 peer-reviewer journal articles before applying for jobs :) Meanwhile, I love getting major projects done! Such a sense of relief!

*In 2 weeks I'm going on a trip to Boston for The ASA meetings! Since my friend is presenting she has a small travel grant, which is totally going to pay for gas for my (ok, B's) car. And then we're going to crash at her mom's place (who lives near Boston) so the trip is going to be practically free! And since I'm not presenting this year, I'm actually going to get to enjoy a business trip and maybe do fun touristy stuff. And maybe also do important networking stuff which is the whole reason I'm going!

*This weekend me and b are checking out a local state park, to see if there are any picnic pavilions that we particularly like. If we do, we're having our wedding there, and our ceremony will be followed by a picnic!

*Me and B have dinner reservations in a week and a half at a local BYOB that I've been wanting to check out for like 4 years! They are normally super expensive, but they are having a special promotion where you get a 3 course meal (appetizer, main course, dessert) for $30 a piece! That's still going to be like the most expensive dinner we've had ever!

*B finally moved his bed over from his old place (that was the one piece of furniture we couldn't move without a truck- but our other friend let us borrow her truck when she was moving away a week ago) (B's old roommate still lives there and let B store some stuff there until he could move it). Now we have a bed in the other room, which actually has an air conditioner (unlike our bedroom! We live on the first floor and have bars on the window- and only the living room and 1 bedroom has those 'air conditioning bars'- and not the bedroom we've been using as the actual bedroom)! The past few nights I've gotten to sleep in a room with AC for the first time since...well, for the first time since I last lived in my parents house, the summer after I graduated college, 4 years ago. It's freakin sweet!

*My basil plants are out of control! However, my purple basil plant is not purple- it's green. It's still tasty, but what am I doing wrong here?

*Just discovered a particularly awesome Dead show- 9/19/70 at the Fillmore east, NYC!


  1. Congratulations all around! Yes! Great things are happening in your life.
    You should be very, very proud.

  2. However, my purple basil plant is not purple- it's green. It's still tasty, but what am I doing wrong here?

    Most likely, it needs more sunlight.


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