The builders have started construction on our house! We are so excited!! We are going to take a picture every day, to show how the construction is going, and I will post them here.
Daily Dose of Cats
Suki, Spock and Camie
Random Shots at Emory, Atwood Chemistry Building
Lunch at a Chinese Restaurant with Labmates before Mingda Left in August
Tomatoes Gleaming in the Afternoon Sun
I loved how the glass table, plant and hour glass seemed to be glowing, along with the tomatoes.
A Plenitude of Peppers! And a Goliath Pepper!!
Last Saturday, and Afternoon at Tower Games
John playing his newly minted Cryx army against Brian's Menoth. He's enjoying learning his new army's rules.
Suki the Cat on Dad's Shoulders with Clay
Mom got lots of glowy things for us to wear - blinky heart for dad, a flag flow stick for herself, a blinky bracelet for her and I, and a ridiculous hat. The fireworks were great this year! We sat in the same parking lot that was shooting them off, which was AMAZING.
Weekend Activities - Roller Coaster Tycoon / Soccer
On the weekend, I got to play some Roller Coaster Tycoon II! That was a lot of fun and brought back memories. I haven't played it in years. I played it on free-for-all mode with no cash and made a million roller coasters.
On Sunday, we went to church and heard a very thought provoking sermon. I wish I had written it up in here. I feel as if I felt something that I'm supposed to do. Pray that I have courage to do it.
We watched the USA/Portugal soccer game after that at John's brother's house. It was an awesome game, but when the USA lost the last goal with thirty seconds left in the game - I was SO angry. It was a huge disappointment. At least we tied. That is why I don't like watching soccer. It makes me mad.
Monday - John's Birthday
On John's birthday, he opened his presents from me and mom. I got him mostly books. I enjoyed wrapping them. My favorite was the mustache box. He's excited about reading this new series by the author of the Percy Jackson books. I also got him the new Mario Kart - a suggestion from James.
We bought the food for the cabin trip after we watched How to Train Your Dragon II. John liked it, but it wasn't my favorite.
Tuesday - Arriving at the Cabin
On the way down to the cabin, we listened to Sanderson's Writing Excuses episodes. We checked it out and it was really nostalgic. It looks exactly the same as when we came here on our honeymoon with a few minor changes. John looked through the guest book and found where we had written in it on that week. I laughed at the entry. Both of us wrote in it. It's so cute.
We ate frozen pizzas for dinner while watching the Sherlock Holmes TV series. Benedict Cumberpatch is a perfect Holmes. And the Bilbo actor - he's a great Watson - though slightly different from the book's version. It's a modern day adaption - kind of amusing - though it was jarring at first.
Wednesday - Walk, Fire, Steak, Watching Movie
We took that fun walk down to the pond after a beautiful morning sitting on the chairs outside, looking at the mountains. In the morning, we had oatmeal and cereal and watched another Sherlock.
In the afternoon, I made my favorite chocolate muffin / cake stuff and made a fire in the fireplace! It was hard to get it started, but finally it caught and I got to make smores. SO tasty! I made some nice Earl Grey tea with it and made steak / potatoes for dinner. James gave me some advice about it over Facebook. There's no cell signal here, so I cannot call anyone. Then, we watched Pride and Prejudice until late.
Thursday - US / German Soccer Game
So far today, we loafed and John and I are watching the US/German soccer game. It's 0-1 Germany right now in the 68th minute. I'm really tired, for not sleeping well. We're hoping to watch the second half of Pride and Prejudice today, maybe play some Lego Star Wars and just relax. We'll probably have tacos for dinner.
I haven't really touched science much. I had thought about reading papers, but then just decided it would be nice to have a mind-break from science so that hopefully I can be more rejuvenated when I return.
I'm a little stressed about July. There are a lots of things to plan for and do. I have to completely rewrite my NSF application. I'm not sure how to do that yet. I need ideas. Pray that I can get some. I don't like the ones that I have right now.
Over the weekend, I dreamt that I dreamt I had a son and named him Jazen. That's an interesting name. Then I dreamed I had a daughter and John wanted to name her Zergera Zaleena (Z-air-GARE-a, Za-LEAN-a). When I told him that, he laughed. Definitely not happening.
My former professor of physics, Craig Wiegert, reported that he dreamt THIS on his facebook page. I was laughing about it all day:
"You know that kind of dream when you're in just your underwear, on Capitol Hill, learning about the geology of all the marble, then meeting some grad school friends for lunch, and you all agree to go back to one of their apartments for a party, but only you are on time, and that friend shows you home movies of his emu with mange drinking gallons of blood, and then everyone finally shows up as you're packing your suitcase, which is insanely full even though you're still just in your skivvies, and your friend won't give you back your charging cable or drive you to the airport?
My favorite part of that was his studying the geology of the marble and the emu with mange. People told him not to eat rich food at bedtime. That was John's response as well.
We found these huge snails on our walk. It was amazing! I've never seen a snail that big in real life, as far as I can remember.
There was a trail out near the pond that we got to explore. I love wooded trails! It reminded me of traveling through Mirkwood. There was a really huge mushroom and large tailed frogs in the pond that jumped away when I got close. The moss covered stones were very pretty. We passed a small stream on the way to the other side of the pond.
Here are a few more photos!
For more photos, see photobucket: http://s1285.photobucket.com/user/jpetree331/library/Parrots%20Perch?sort=3&page=1
I've been vacillating on whether I should write anything. Probably not, but here's a short note anyway.
Schedule of Activities Last Week
I worked on my presentation M - Tu and gave it Tu night in lab meeting.
On W and Th, I worked my butt off on experiments.
On F, I talked to Khalid with Mingda and Victor, and planned future experiments.
On F night, I went to hang out at Brian's house with John. Their RP campaign ended with a slaughter.
On Saturday, we went to visit James and see his new apartment. Then, we went to see Godzilla with James. Afterward, we went back home and ate a wonderful steak dinner to celebrate Dad's birthday. They had gone on Friday to a hotel in Atlanta to eat out and so that my Dad could take pictures of the city. The pictures are very nice.
Saturday night, John and James played a new game; then later, John and I watched a Star Trek: Voyager before going to bed. We've been slowly watching them in sequence recently. I think we are on #10 of season 1.
I really liked James's new apartment. It's small, but cozy. I was super impressed that he made a decorative planter with lights all on his own! It looks professional. He was telling us how there's this hiking trail right nearby from which he can see Kennesaw mountain and Atlanta.
Godzilla is a very B monster movie. There were a lot of plot holes. I was not that impressed. However, Godzilla's breath weapon was the best part. I also enjoyed the part where this other monster egg was pulsing EMP pulses. It looked pretty cool.
Experiments and lab
I'm a little nervous about my experiments. I got some awesome data on Thursday night, and now, things are kind of in limbo while I plan on what I'm going to do from here. There are some ideas. Pray I have wisdom, as I search this stuff out.
Today, Kevin is hosting a lab cookout, so John and I are going to go and say hi to everyone. I think it should be fun.
Somehow in the month of May, I managed to read a lot of books. This is mostly due to listening to them in the car. I tended to listen to most of them, then read their endings. Two were books I'd read for a while and just finished. I'm almost done reading Brandon Sanderson's books. I've got the other three Alcatraz books, The Hero of Ages (3rd of the Mistborn trilogy) and the Alloy of Law. He's a very prolific writer. I never thought I'd get close to reading them all.
And that's about all!
Dad loves photography and has a great Flickr site where he uploads the photos! Check it out here. If you want to see some of the pet photos he's taken, see my new pet's album here. The following are some of my other favorites that he's done.
Ms. Harmon got to visit this Saturday!!
Yesterday was a perfect day to me. Ms. Harmon came over to visit and we got to watch Extraordinary Measures together, about a scientist and businessman who went into business together to make a drug for Pompe disease. We've been planning to watch this particular movie for about two years.
Then, we got Chick-fil-a and discussed Brandon Sanderson's books (she and Ian are reading Words of Radiance) and other books. Over food, I discussed all the latest stuff in my research and told how excited I was about the next week. She asked enthusiastic questions and re-explained stuff to make certain she had gotten it right.
It made me realize that even though I thought I knew how to explain things to a non-expert in the field, I actually do not. I need to work on that. It was SO much fun!! I had often imagined and dreamed of having Ms. Harmon over for a day and I got my chance. It was a perfect day.
Photos from the past week
Mom and dad's garden
Salaita lab: Kevin and Kornelia playing with 'kinetic sand'
Around Emory and the Lab
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