Life is on a Go, Go

June 11, 2010 § 9 Comments

Ever since I woke up at 6:30 this morning, it’s been rush rush rush. Go, go, go.

I rushed to the gym for a 40 min cardio workout on the elliptical and treadmill while watching the morning news.

  • Oil spill…it just breaks my heart to see innocent marine lives being taken away and the beautiful ocean that Mother Nature has so graciously given us being abused.
  • 6 year old girl got ran over by a car of drug dealers running from the police…happened in a residential area, and it was because the chief police told them to chase the drug dealers into residential neighborhoods, at 6pm. Really?! You do realize this is the time when kids are out playing, right?
  • Lakers vs Celtics…apparently Lakers aren’t doing so hot? I don’t really follow basketball.
  • World Cup kicks off…don’t follow that either. But I believe it was South Africa vs. Mexico this morning.
  • Temperatures at mid 70’s for this weekend…booooooo! I want some real So-Cal warmth!

I barely had time to catch my breath, let alone take pictures, while I wolfed down my sammy made on sandwich thins, spread with sunbutter, homemade pumpkin butter, and cottage cheese. I washed it down with Amaretto Teeccino while fervously catching up blogs before heading to work.

From 9am till 2:30pm I was like a busy bee collecting the last drop of nectar and honey before winter sets in.

At long last, I got to settle down for lunch to calm my tummy that had been fidgeting like crazy since 11 am. The LemonZest Luna Bar tided me over for a little while, but hunger once again dominated.

I forked my way through my leftover noodles and tofu from last night, plus some newly steamed asparagus. It quieted my tummy for about 10 minutes. Then I started digging into my stash of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bar. And then some more of Cocoa-Roasted Almonds (YUM!!!!).

Well, clearly taking pictures of my food wasn’t on my mind today. More about what was going on in the lab that day. Did. not. want. my. experiment. to screw. up.

I almost decided to stay in lab till 7pm, but thought it was not worth it. But that meant I have to go into lab tomorrow in the A.M. So at 6pm, I walked out of the Biology building of our campus and drove a short way with my significant other for this:

Love in a bowl. See? I did take some pictures for ya! πŸ˜€

Salad bowl with black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and a hunk of the creamiest guacamole. My goal in life is to make the perfect guacamole. Well, okay, one of my goals in life. Anyways, I finally got to sit down for once during the day to eat my meal in peace. No computer screen, no protein names and laboratory protocols buzzing in my head. Just me, my bowl, and my bf :-). What else could I have asked for after a long day?

Oh, and let’s not forget these:

I probably had 2/3 of this bag just munchin’ away while we were at a drive-in theater after dinner. We were planning on watching Karate Kid (Jaden Smith is adooooraabbblleeeee!!!), but was informed it was pretty packed. We ended up watching Get Me to the Greek instead. For only $7 you can watch 2 movies in a row? Score! But my tired body told me it was time to go home at 10:22pm. They were going to show Splice anyways, a horror movie I believe? Not for me thank you very muchΒ  😐

Now that I’m cozied up back in my apartment, I am soooooo ready to be in bed. With that, good night dear readers! I shall see you on the weeeeekennnnnd!!! πŸ˜€

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+ Have you been to a drive-in movie theater before? This was actually my first time! I didn’t know there was one sooo close to where I live (about 10 min drive). It was a pretty awesome experience and I will definitely be returning pretty often!

+ What type of movie person are you? Romantic? Drama? Comedy? Chick flicks? Horror? Action/Thriller? Others? I’m usually not a fan of horror movies, but I watch pretty much everything else.

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When science fails…

May 25, 2010 § 6 Comments

…you get really frustrated…

…and you know you should think through what went wrong…

…and then realize that troubleshooting is such a pain in the butt.

But you must start afresh, tweaking a little bit of this method and that…

…and if all fails again…

…you try yet again.

Mince, mince. Chop, chop some tissues.

Add a little buffer, a little reagent, spin little tubes in a G-force accelerator (no, it’s actually called a centrifuge).

The reason why I was in lab till 8:35pm. Hoping, crossing my fingers, that maybe this time, everything will work.

Science (or biology in my case) is just like cooking. You try, you fail. You try again, changing things up a little, and try and try and try…until you get the perfect recipe to carry out a certain experiment.

Such is science. And everything else you do in life. If something fails, do not be discouraged. Reflect with an open mind. Correct mistakes.

Ever noticed how great scientists and nobel prize winners all came up with the craziest ideas? That being said, do not be afraid to try out something bold, daring, and unthinkable ideas. Because you never know.

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