Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Quick Takes VI

Everywhere! LOL. Everyone I know is having babies, its so very exciting. And I found out this morning that two more friends of mine are pregnant- Including one of my bridesmaids!! KL whose whose wedding MBM and I went to this summer in Detroit is due at the end of April and my bridesmaid JWS is due in May! So they'll be able to commiserate with each other at our wedding in March since they'll be 7 & 6.5 months respectively). I also have a friend who sadly probably wont be able to make it to the wedding because she's in the Netherlands and is due 6 days before our date. My college roommate friend group is now up to baby #6 and two of us havent even started having kids yet!

Finally. Appointment for our caterer tasting is this weekend. We finally got it rescheduled and confirmed. If anything else happens with this I might have my first angry bride moment.

In person. In Blacksburg. Even though I thought I F-ed up the phone interview. fingers and toes crossed, praying and wishing and hoping and all that jazz.

Got to make my very first international phone call this morning. We're trying to order a specific antigen we need for testing next month at work. Talked to a british guy- Gosh I love their accents. Not really news, but Im a nerd and was pretty excited- I had to google how to make an international call lol.

Please Pray for baby Braden.
An acquaintance of mine from college- we both lived on the same floor of our freshman dorm, and at one point she tried to get me to join her sorority. Anyway she and her husband just had their second child- a sweet baby boy. Who after a week at home doing fine suddenly had to be taken to is now in the hospital for problems with his heart. Hes just now probably around 3 weeks old and might have to have a heart transplant. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Quick Takes V

How many months and Ive just now gotten to the 5th of these things? Whatever.

Caterer tasting got pushed back again. UGH Im getting so annoyed with them. Must repeat mantra- I will remain the almost to the point of laziness laid-back bride that I have been for the past 4 months. Second time the caterer has had to change our tasting. First time they screwed up and cooked  us food for a different couple- we got a free dinner out of it though. Then they asked me to rearrange my schedule so we could do it the following weekend and that no matter what- they would make it work because it was their screw up. I did, I emailed them that Tuesday saying we were on for Sunday, they called MBM at the last minute (Friday afternoon) to cancel because they had 5 weddings between Friday and Saturday to cater. Then they tried to reschedule for this weekend- I was not changing my plans for them again though- especially when said plans are our required Pre-Cana engagement conference- which is gonna suck- BUT is MANDATORY by the church for us to get married. So its the following weekend. All I have to say is --If anything happens to this appointment someone is going to get a taste of the rage I usually reserve for DC traffic.

Conference for the Engaged. Catholic engagement conference, in a liberal diocese. Being talked at all day by weird people, while surrounded by weird people all of whom who are fake friendly. An introvert's nightmare. Especially when her fiancee is an Extrovert who 1.  get annoyed when people fake their faith, 2. gets annoyed when people half-ass anything and 3.  actually enjoys speaking out- whether its regaling someone with a story or using his knowledge of classics and literature and faith and manipulation (I mean hell- he's in marketing of course he's good at manipulating people!) to prove that they dont know their head from their ass. Which to me means one thing.... people staring at me and expecting me to talk too. Can someone please find me a dark corner to crawl into?

Im a Lazy Bride. Yep. Ill admit it. Its funny cause I get into the flurries where I get a bunch of stuff done, and once thats complete Im like heck yes! now I can slack off for a couple weeks before I really need to work on anything else! Its like my goal in life- you mean I dont have anything that has to be done except laundry, dishes and going to work!? Score that means I can watch all my DVRed movies and read and be lazy for the rest of the month. OOOPS now I have to be crazy and get a bunch more stuff done in the next week- Procrastination at it's finest. Hence the reason I only got addresses from people the week before save the dates when out. And why my 1st grade BFF and bridesmaid MWH organized all the girls and set up and appointment for us to all go for them to try on dresses. I think part of is the age im at. Im almost 30- the thirties are kinda the age of contentment. Im not a young bride who has unrealistic expectations or an older bride who feels like theyve been waiting for this moment forever. The other part is the introvertedness- I feel awkward asking people to do things for me. Im not used to or really ok with being the center of attention. I maybe lazy- but at least im not a bridezilla!

Job Search takes another twist. So I had an initial interview for the company in Blacksburg yes. I thought I bombed it, but they emailed me yesterday to ask about salary requirements, so maybe I wasnt that bad. But anyway- moving on- because eggs in one basket and cart before the horse and lots more cliches.... We've decided that maybe expanding the job search wouldnt be a bad idea. We Love Virginia. Its been our home for a long time. But MBM has lived in lots of other places, and Ive sorta always wanted to. I also sorta see the DMV (nickname for the DC/MD/VA metro area FYI) taking over- urban sprawl heading further and further south. And I dont want to be any part of it. We had already agreed that I would look in North Carolina for jobs as well- but I think we've decided to expand the search even further- SC and GA as well as the real south- just as long as it's outside of tornado alley- definitely to include parts of TX. (Maybe TN, KY, AL, MS, AR, OK?? We havent really talked about any of that other than those first three specifically). Anyone have any connections in those states for Molecular/Cellular Biology Research??

Life? Do I even have one anymore? My life revolves around working, (occasional hectic) wedding planning, (constant) job searching, and driving between Arlington and Richmond (minimum 5 hours wasted each weekend). At least thats how it seems these days. MBM and I havent been to the movies in ages, or just gone out to a park or a festival or anything of the like thats purely for enjoyment. I think all of this stuff is why im so lazy on those in between days. It also doesnt help that my roommate is practically a hermit- he spends all evening in his room playing video games except the 45 minutes he comes out to cook and eat dinner. I miss having people to talk to! My only interaction with people other than MBM is when I talk to PAL, JC or the boys (our post-docs) and then I always feel guilty because Im wasting time that I should be spending on my work. Ill be happy when MBM and I can settle into a semblance of real life again and have dates with each other and other couples.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Super Quick Update

Job Application Sent 8:00 Monday morning.

Request for phone meeting received 3:00 pm that same Monday.

Phone Meeting 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.



What, Where, When, How, Why, Who?

Associate Scientist with an MS in Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, etcetera. With 5+ years experience and associated track record of accomplishments (aka-- publications). To do R&D in Process Development. For Intrexon Corporation at the Corporate Research Center- In Blacksburg, Virginia.

Let me say that again. Blacksburg, Virginia.

Not what I was looking for, or where I was looking for it. But pretty darn excited about the possibility. We've already done some preliminary #horsebeforethecart townhouse for rent perusing as well as finding a good traditional Catholic Church we could attend regularly. Our ideal was to be closer to our families in a place that wasnt so expensive to live. This would definitely take care of the latter, with the eventual goal to still be that we could be closer to our families.

Wish me luck, cross your fingers, and keep me in your prayers! Whatever your good luck style is! And Ill leave you with some beautiful images of my home away from home, my beautiful Alma Mater and surrounding countryside. <3

Virginia Tech: Burruss Hall

 The Blue Ridge Mountains

 The Cascades: Giles County, Virginia

Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Quick Takes IV

1. Caterer tasting this weekend!
          The big decisions are Seared Tuna versus Crab stuffed Shrimp and Beef Wellington versus Sliced Sirloin with a choice of sauce (Bourbon, Merlot reduction, Mushroom Demi-glace, or Mango salsa) and which 2 sauces to pick for the chicken dish: Mango Salsa, Lemon sauce, Basil hollandaise, SoCo BBQ, Jamaican jerk, Marinara, Teriyaki or Bourbon sauce. It all sounds so good!

2. Save the Dates!
          Went out Wednesday! I'm so excited and can't wait for everyone to see them! Just give us a day or two before seriously perusing the website... its still in progress lol.

3. Pre-Registry planning
          So. M & I have no idea what each other has for our future home together. Meaning we need to put together a list of what we have/ what we need before we can start the fun of registering. Registering being fun... listing all your crap- not so fun. The only thing worse than listing your crap is packing it- which we'll both be doing in the near future as well. 6.5 years in NoVa- lived in 5 different places. Im a pro at this by now- doesnt mean it doesnt suck.

4. Have I mentioned how great is is that Im finally doing BIO stuff at work again instead of just chemistry!
          Chemistry is kinda boring to me.... especially surface chemistry- you sit around alot waiting for things to happen. When you get to the bio part of what im doing its quite a bit more interesting. watching electronic signals based on DNA and protein binding, or when you finally see microparticle binding after spending weeks trying different methods to try and bind together neutravidin, anthrax spores, phage, biotin, microparticles. But even more interesting is the cell work ive been doing. Below- Mesenchymal stem cells grown on the Zinc Selenide.

5. One of my my office mates is going to be on Jeopardy! (Again)
          For anyone who watches this regularly- Keith Whitener was on the most recent Jeopardy tournament of champions. (His second appearance after winning 7x in the regular season). He just told us yesterday that Jeopardy is doing a 'tournament of the decades' to include winners from recent through the 80s. He works in the same group as me here in Chemistry division at NRL!- although he's more of what you think of when someone says theyre a chemist- beakers bubbling and such lol. (Im not a chemist in the slightest misunderstanding of the word).
          Also, one of my former professors from Grad School at Johns Hopkins- Mark Lowenthal is going to be on it as well! Its cool to me because I have a binder full of his lectures and one of his books on intelligence sitting on a shelf in my office!