Monday, 17 December 2007

Its Over

Its done...


so so so very very happy :D

Friday, 30 November 2007

Insane shopping antics

Sooo I went a bit nuts at target.

I got this dress in violet and tan

I also got this one and the belt :

And then I got this one :
I couldn't resist. When the yeojin bae for target collection first came out 2 months ago, I eyed these three dresses, but decided that at $130 a pop I just couldn't afford it. But then I dropped into target on sunday and lo behold; they'd all been reduced to 49$. It was fate. Meant to Be.

now theyre all sitting in my closet and I feel happy. and poorer.

and yay, I got an H1. Now for the agonising wait for scholarships.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

How good is your vocab? if you're good enough, you could feed the world

Just saw this link on a forum I frequent (click on the banner)

Where every word you guess right donates 10 grains of rice through the UN to end world hunger.

10grains of rice isn't a lot, but when you think of thousands of people feverishly clicking on words, that makes a lot of rice. Sponsored by companies such as Amex, Raddisson hotels and itunes, the website says its donated 1,330,639,890 grains of rice so far. Seems fairly legit, and is a good way to both procrastinate and do some good at the same time. What are you waiting for?

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Seminar 2

Earlier today, I received a mysterious sms from my friend the Phd student:

"Come to the lab! Your results for the talk are here on your desk!"

My heart started pounding. Slowly, I got dressed, picked up my bag and keys, locked the house and made my way towards the bus stop. I sat on the bus mulling over the possibilities; What would I do if I'd failed? Could I still get an overall H1? What do they call those tasty berries that grow on trees?

Finally, I arrived at my building. I crept in through the side door, and slinked up the fire stairs. Warily, I peered around corners to make sure no one I knew was around. The coast was clear! A quick sprint to my cubicle, and there it was; a large sealed envelope.

"Open it!" Urged my friend. I stared at it; this insignificant little envelope held the key to my cosmos. I heaved a sigh, folded the envelope up and shoved it into my bag.

"There's no point" I muttered, and left the lab. My heart was heavy and my mind was spinning. There was only one thing left to do. Retail therapy.

As I wandered the golden walkways of Chadstone, I soon forgot the trials and tribulations of honours. Several hours, dollars and shopping bags later, I was elbow deep amongst the robert robert shoes at myer when B found me.

"So? What mark did you get?"

"I don't know" I replied, as reality began to sink back in. "And I don't really want to know either".

"Pfft, let me see. I won't tell you" he said, and reached for the envelope. As he ripped it apart, and stared at it wordlessly, I couldn't hold back any longer. I grabbed the sheet from him, and stared at my mark.

An H1.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Making progress...

Fact 1: I think I know which apoptotic pathway my chemical uses.

Fact 2: I do my best work between 1am and 4am

Fact 3: MS word sucks and is incredibly user-unfriendly

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

I think I just broke Pubmed


P (my friend/phd student) told S that I wasn't coming in today because G wanted me to go to her house and S's reply was "Good, at least I don't have to deal with it then"


I really don't need his petty shit right now. Its not my fault that he's a shit supervisor, and that his boss knows it now. And apparently G changed our meeting place to her office instead of her house now, except people kinda forgot to let me know, if not for P telling me, I wouldve been on my way to East Malvern.

When alone in the hills, with the wind in your face...

So yesterday, my other supervisor (y'know, the one who is in charge of the lab), G, decided to take over supervising my thesis. This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that main supervisor S decided not to come in yesterday. And hasn't really been giving me much advice besides from being a scientific thesaurus when I give him drafts to read. G asked me to come in to her office around 4 just to 'have a little chat'. Walked in, and little chat turned into her re-organising my entire results section, and telling me that I needed to do more counting. 10 days before my thesis is due. Right. And then she told me not to stress. :|

So today, I am working from home, attempting to get all the changes G recommended in done in a day wouldnt have seemed as impossible if she didn't also ask me to change all my graphs. sigh. I've been working on it since this am, and I feel like I've made no headway. S is being a bit stand-offish as well, he probably I thought I complained about him to G, which I didn't. Did I mention I was a bit over lab politics? Anyway, I need to get my shit together, and finish my work by 4ish, because G wants me to come to her house (!) so we can go over the changes again.

I cannot wait for these 10 days to be over (blog title).

I'll still have my talk to do, but nothing compares to this. I can't even describe how stressed I am. I dream about my thesis. I sleep my thesis. I eat my thesis. And when this is over, I'm going to BURN my thesis.

Saturday, 22 September 2007

First postings

I keep starting up blogs everywhere, and generally tend to stop posting after a while. Don't know what it is - although it possibly has something to do with the fact that I get bored fast. I like new, exciting things, and throw myself into them whole heartedly, but after I've explored it thoroughly, I toss it away. So sad.

but anyway, life as a labmonkette is stressful. and at the same time rewaarding I guess, if you sit down and think about ripple effect kinda things. I have less than a month left till thesis due date, and am lagging so far behind wrt actually having anything publishable. Results for proliferation (or lack thereof, yes, but sfa on apoptosis! aargh! Working on the thesis though, and have made progress - 38 pages of 50 done, and I feel I will be done with lab work this week, provided tomorrows array experiment works, in which case I can sit at home and just write write write.

Its a pity I can't write about my experiments in more detail, but part of the fun of this honours year has been the fact that my project revolves around this awesome new compound produced by a german pharmaceutical company.

so anyway, I have to go into the lab tomorrow morning around 10 to continue an experiment I started on thursday! I must say, hours are shit for research, although you sort of can plan ahead and make it so your hours aren't as bad. sigh.