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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
4:29 pm - I would TOTALLY name my dragon Smidgeon.
If You Ruled the Land . . . by wackyweasel
Your first name:
How you gained your rule:
Your title is:The High Grand Poobah
Your symbol is:the eagle, for grace, power, and big freaking wings
You rule from:a mansion always surrounded by storm clouds! Boom!
At your side is:your faithful little pet dragon, Smidgeon
Your enforcers, troops, and guards are all:centaurs! They should NOT be so hot . . . oh well!
Your most popular law is:No more speakers on cars that rattle windows of homes
Your least popular law is:Electro-shock collars for stupid people
Your worst enemy is:your unstable water bed - how can you sleep?!
Your popularity rating is:: 13%
Your chance of being overthrown is:: 39%
Quiz created with MemeGen!

current mood: silly

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
9:13 pm - Words and Numbers
Some things from work:

"Show Mari the Nazi mice!"

"Never let anyone tell you there is no stereotype of geologists."

"Care Bears are my worst nightmare."
"Planning pages is *my* worst nightmare. And daymare."

Sooo my coworkers have a sense of humor and it is good.Collapse )

In other news, I need to get a life! Now that I have income I really should be enjoying the area more. I don't do much but work and chill with Jenn and Sasha and the fam. I miss Carly like WOAH, and am considering whether she would press charges for kidnapping.

current mood: optimistic

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Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
7:29 pm
OHHHH I have been so busy. I got back from the Hudson a bit ago, and was promptly hired by Words and Numbers on Monday. They put me to work, too...today was my second day and although I have no real idea what I'm doing, I'm already revising copy for submission to the Education department of Discovery. Yes, as in the Discovery channel. It's pretty neat...I have my own cubile, like a good little worker drone. I'm already fairly certain that the publishing field is not for me, but I have to say that the company culture at Words and Numbers is wonderful. Everyone is really friendly, there is an endless supply of free (decently good) coffee which is supplied by the owner of the company (who is there at the building every day and is a really nice guy), and there are two people who bake as a hobby. That means there is free homemade baked goodness EVERY DAY. Today there were lemon bars, and they were magnificent.

I'm really enjoying writing for science, even though it's not what I ultimately want to do. I have realized in the past few days that I learned more in my classes at Salisbury than I thought. It's like I've had time to digest it over the years or something. Everything is coming back from Invert Zoo, and Wetland Ecology...I overheard someone asking "What's the bond angle on a water molecule?" and my brain said "104.5 degrees." And then a separate part of brain said "How the hell did you know THAT??"

Moscow Mules are my new favorite thing to drink. I'm drinking one right now. Vodka, the spiciest ginger ale you can find, and a whole bunch of lime juice. Very summery, not too sweet. (Apparently they were big in England a few years ago, but in bottles. Sounds like it was probably pretty gross.)

Oh yeah...I learned something today, in case anyone is interested. I don't know about you guys, but I was taught that after typing a period at the end of a sentence, you leave two spaces before starting a new sentence. Apparently, this is technically wrong. It's a single space. The same is true for any other time you were taught to use a double space, like after a colon. All these years, I (and all my teachers) have been wrong, wrong, wrong. Also, there are different "official" style and punctuation rules that the British follow, so watch out.

Oh yeah (again), I think if my friend Will is buying a house, and if he does I'm taking his apartment. It's in a good area of Towson and he only pays $460/month, which is a price I won't be able to beat anywhere else. So I'll have a place by September, possibly maybe.

current mood: grateful

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
5:37 pm
Wow...I just took 8 boxes of mystery crap out of my parents' attic, and sorted it into:
  • two bags of literal garbage
  • three boxes of crap I can sell, and
  • a small stack of photos and a few books from my childhood/adolescence I'm going to keep.
  • (I also found a Tiger Beat featuring Jonathan Brandeis, which I'm going to send to Carly as a joke.)

    I LOVE getting rid of crap I don't need!! Why in the world did I ever believe that I would want to keep some of this stuff: wine glasses from various dances, character sheets from all the White Wolf I immersed myself in (Jeezus Christ), the complete series of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine from years 1994 to 1995.

    I looked at myself in some Junior Prom photos, and noticed my skin is exactly the same shade of BLOODLESS CORPSE as it was in 11th grade.

    current mood: accomplished

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    10:40 am
    "Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness." (Henrik Ibsen)

    Or at least, that's what I keep telling myself.

    current mood: impatient

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    Thursday, April 6th, 2006
    11:15 am
    Eva, this made me think of (a lot of things, but also) you:

    "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. it is the source of all true art and science. he to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." -Albert Einstein

    It's a quote I've heard before, but I always love to read it again. This is why I'm a biologist!!

    And it's also why the Aquarium or the Science Center should hire me after I come back from New York.

    current mood: optimistic

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    Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
    10:19 am
    Sooo it looks like I have a (temporary) job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. I did an interview with the DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources, for those of you who aren't Nature Geeks like myself) earlier this week for a shad restoration study, but I don't think I have the specialized knowledge they were looking for. Other than that it was a great interview; they were very nice guys and we talked about parasites for a few minutes which was cool.

    I can only assume they also thought I was cool but not a fit for the position, because they passed my info along to someone from FWS who needs people rather last-minute for a shad egg study for two months. It looks like I'll start at the end of next week working on the Potomac near Annapolis, and I'll be in New York on the Hudson for three weeks at the end of May. FWS pays for my travel and housing, and gives me a daily living stipend in addition to my salary which is either a GS-04 or GS-05 ($12.68 or $14.18/hr, or $26,374.40 to $29,494.40 if this were a permanent position.) As far as the actual work goes, I'll be doing field work: on a boat ~5 hrs/day, setting gill nets to collect American shad (that's Alosa sapidissima, folks). Then we pretty much squeeze the eggs out of 'em-it's called strip spawning, which provides me with all sorts of interesting mental pictures-fertilize the eggs on the boat, and deliver them to the hatchery. I will LOVE this job. Too bad it doesn't last a little longer.

    Here's the US Fish and Wildlife Service homepage if anyone's interested.

    I've been loving all the bike riding I've been doing with my mom. She got tired of waiting for me to become employed, so she just bought me a used bike, and we're going out a few times a week. I would go out on my own if I could fit the bike in my car; I'm going to have to get a rack.

    It was SNOWING today. *looks suspiciously at calander*

    Huh...I was looking up strip spawning, and I found this recipie for Six-Hour Baked Shad with Bacon and Onions. Yummm.

    current mood: excited

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    Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
    2:13 am - ...no, I'm not too blue to fly...
    Sooo I'm doing some brainstorming for my tattoo...I was going to get a full koi back piece, but I thought to myself: "Gwynne. Surely you can do better than *that*. I mean, come on, you're a total weirdo." I saw a chest piece in one of the mags in Explosive that was amazing...this girl was a seamstress so instead of getting a typical sacred heart tattoo she got a SACRED TOMATO PINCUSHION. She had a tape measure instead of a banner, and pins and needles instead of thorns. Now I've decided to get a Biology sacred heart...but I can't think of what the 'heart' should be. I considered using one of my monogeneans (the parasites I've done the majority of my research on...they're red after we stain them, and similar to a contact lens in shape) but that might be a little out there even for me. I want something people would recognise. I thought about getting the biological symbol, but too many people think it's a biohazard symbol. Any ideas? (The banner is going to be part of a DNA strand and I'm thinking about using insects instead of swallows to "commemorate" my insect research last summer.)

    I've been tearing up reading material with a speed I haven't come close to since high school, when I had no car and very few friends. I'm re-learning spanish and I've revised my resume about nineteen times. I think tomorrow I'll take another walk in Gunpowder, and put together my parents' new bar stools for the kitchen.

    current mood: determined

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    Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
    10:37 pm

    ColorQuiz.com gwynne took the free ColorQuiz.com personality test!

    "Wants to make a favorable impression and be reward..."

    Click here to read the rest of the results.

    The "Existing Situation" thing is total and utter bullshit. Everything else is eerily (and somewhat embarassingly) true. Except "Circumstances are such that she feels forced to compromise for the time being if she is to avoid being cut off from affection or from full participation." Honestly, I'm not sure what it means because it's kind of vague.

    I went to a career fair today and spoke with people from various organizations I would LOVE to work for. The Maryland Science Center is hiring "Outreach Specialists", and the Baltimore Zoo is hiring part-time animal keepers...how rad is that? (Yeah I just said "rad". So what?)

    Gar. 7 AM does NOT agree with me.

    current mood: sleepy

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    Thursday, February 16th, 2006
    12:10 pm - goings-on
    Hahah, I haven't written in a long time. LJ is like malarial fever: it comes and goes.

    Soooo I moved, and the Eastern Shore did not crumble into the ocean like I planned/hoped. (Oh well.) I am now a proud Baltimoron.

    My Valentines Day this year was fabulous. (Sorry, everyone.) I had a date - for once - and we went to Philly for the weekend and had great food and sex and I got a loverly present. (V Day question: It seems like single/grouchy people (including myself) are always griping about how much they hate Valentines Day. Does everyone *actually* feel bad on this day, or it is just what everyone is "supposed" to say/feel? Hardly anyone ever seems genuinely upset to me when they say something like "I hate this holiday...it's only for the Evil Card Companies...I'm the only person I know without a date". This year of course it doesn't apply, but I've never actually felt bad about not having a date on Valentines Day; I've just been saying the same things everyone else is saying. Perhaps it is my complete lack of desire to be in a relationship, even though I think romance is totally fun. *shrug*)

    I might have an editing job. If not I can apply at the Aquarium. Or the Science Center. woot.

    Living with my parents while I look for an apartment is...driving me...just...a tiny bit...mad. "Why don't you go to bed? It's late!" "Mom, it's midnight." "Like I said, you should be in bed!" Arg.

    I finally got my real, honest-to-God diploma in the mail, the day before I moved. Guess UMES finally got their shit together. Yay!

    Um, I think that's it. Abridged, of course.

    current mood: pleased

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    Saturday, January 7th, 2006
    4:12 am - grammar corps
    Yanno, I use ellipses ALOT. And I don't even use them correctly; I use them to indicate my pensive lapses of thought. Like tiny mental coffee breaks.

    current mood: thirsty

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    Friday, January 6th, 2006
    1:36 pm
    I am writing a cover letter, and I am NERVOUS.

    This is rediculous.

    I hate being unsure of myself.

    current mood: nervous

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    11:51 am
    Yes indeed, friends!! Behold: The Prime Number Shitting Bear

    The Sisters of Mercy are at the 9:30 on March 7th. Since I will (God willing) have moved to Baltimore by that time, I'm definitely going. Any of you in?

    A friend at Words and Numbers just asked for my resume. How exciting! (I WANT the Aquarium job, but would I really mind writing bio texts for 8 hours a day for 25K a year? No..no, not really.)

    current mood: pleased

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    Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
    4:13 pm - Job Hunt
    Garr...Updating my resumeCollapse )

    Also: does anyone know where I can find a fabulous apartment in Baltimore, preferably where I'm not in constant fear for my life?

    current mood: anxious

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    1:49 pm
    My New Year has begun fairly well...I don't have any hours at work (which is suckin') but I had someone to smooch when the ball dropped (which was lovely). So all in all, I'll take it.

    I'm dogsitting, and the cockatoo is eating my hair (I guess I'm birdsitting as well; it just doesn't sound right tho).

    I need to find some under-the-table employment for the next few weeks...anyone have any ideas?

    current mood: calm

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    Sunday, December 25th, 2005
    3:21 am - X mas tree time
    I have a Christmas morning "ritual" I love: I sneak out of my room (well it was sneaking when I was ten; now that I'm 26 it's a little different) around 3 or 4 AM and sit next to the tree. The covert present shaking and prodding is a (tiny) bit less enthusiastic these days, but it still feels magical to me to sit in silence with the tree glowing. I feel safe, just for a few minutes, like I did when I was a little kid.

    I'm so lucky...

    current mood: peaceful

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    12:01 am - My sister showed me this and it made my day.
    "Ash is a goddamn robot!"

    Happy Presents Day(s), everybody!

    current mood: restless

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    Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
    11:15 pm - random shite
    Aurgh...I can't sleep. Again. Last night I couldn't decide what to read so I read maybe fifteen minutes of each of the books in my book collection (well not really, that would take a long time)...perhaps I'll clean out my closet tonight, and file that stack of papers that piles up every few months or so.

    We cut down our xmas tree yesterday, and tonight is Decorating Night! woot. I'm thinking of getting some hot chocolate, but maybe cider with rum is called for. Decisions, decisions.

    I can't goddamn figure out how to knit the thing I'm making for my younger sister. I think I need help from a serious ass-kicking kitting guru, like someones grandma or something. All my other projects have fallen behind, too...looks like everyone is getting packages of ramen noodles from Gwynne again this year. Blarg. By this time next year I will be a Knitting Samurai (and then instead of ramen and potholders, everyone will recieve Tabi socks for Christmas!)

    Here, Lydia posted this and although you might not find it stimulating at first, click it for a few minutes and see if you don't start to giggle. <a href="http://www.catsinsinks.com>catsinsinks.com</a>

    current mood: weird

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    Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
    11:23 pm - People have been telling me for years I remind them of a cartoon...
    Yahoo! Avatars

    Uhh, she kind of looks like me; the huge brown eyes are about right and I do make that particular expression an awful lot. I was kind of disappointed I couldn't put my septum piercing in there, and that they didn't have a science lab background to go with my pet iguana (who I have named Bingo Pajamas). And where the hell are my black Docs??

    current mood: content

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    Sunday, November 27th, 2005
    4:04 pm - A Revelation
    While combating multiple problems with the register, customers, coworkers and kitchen equipment at once today, I realized something. I didn't get upset, or stressed, or even put on my "let's make the best of a bad situation" face. There has finally been enough negativity at work that I really, truly don't care anymore. After the kitchen constantly flooding, the negative attitude of the rest of the staff, not receiving the raise I've been promised for six months, and the financial instability of the business itself, I've finally said "fuck it...not my problem". I used to really care about this place...I've been here for three years and it's a great little business to work for. The owner is generous and I like my coworkers as people. I suppose it's just too disorganized, and morale is low enough that it can't be picked up again. The good news is that now I'm not taking *anything* personally (including constant insults from our general manager, who is miserable) with the result that I almost always have a great day here, even though things are going down the toilet. Wish I could have managed not to care so much all along.

    I'd hate to think this is a metaphor for life though...

    current mood: cynical

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