The first two weeks of school have already flown by, and I have never been so thankful to have a three day weekend so early in the quarter. School has started with a vengeance – Ochem Lab will be the death of me. But on a happier note, I feel like classes this quarter are more to my interest – yes Ecology and Evolutionary biology is a bit of a joke at the moment but it’s still more to my taste than human anatomy. Randomly enough, I’ve made friends with my ecology lab TA – she’s studying in the Marine Science labs too, so we chat occasionally. Dave Valentine’s research cruise class is awesome, occasionally he breaks my brain a little but the group has a really good dynamic. It’s very conversational, and it has an interesting mix of graduate students, biology students, engineers and a random global studies major. It’s also fun having a class with Blair, who’s been really busy getting abstracts and presentations together. Right now I’m just reading some papers for him, before we start the next section of his project. SACNAS has been revving up as we started planning out the meetings for this quarter and organizing a Spring Outreach event for politically correct high school students (I’m told we don’t say “disadvantaged” anymore).
All in all, even with only 15 units I’m staying pretty busy. I’m really glad I decided to take it easy this quarter – these last two weeks have been stressful enough. Unfortunately my health is slowly going downhill – I’m back to a gluten diet because my consulting doctor couldn’t get me an appointment over break, and staying gluten free would have meant that the test might not come back conclusive because… I’d be too healthy for them to tell if I had Celiac? Yup. So I have to keep myself sick until next week when I’m going back to Lodi for the final round of tests. In a month or so I’ll hopefully stop being so tired and anemic and BORING. On a slightly different note, Dan is back in Manchester. We talked it over and decided that Spring Break isn’t a good option – plane tickets are expensive considering I’d only have 5 days. So blah blah blah, pathetic girlfriend, I don’t get to see him for 5 months. Missing someone is exhausting, but at least we have skype… we sit and do homework together. That’s my little rant. There are a dozen and a half carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting at my house that you need to come eat. These things are dangerously delicious. Drop by sometime 🙂