?

Log in

Random Musings

> recent entries
> calendar
> friends
> profile
> previous 20 entries

Friday, February 15th, 2008
9:37 pm - Home on a Friday night
So this is the first time that I have stayed home on a Friday night in a long time. Generally I'm flitting off to exotic locals or scooping out the bars or what have you, but tonight it's just me, my room mate (she's rocking out in the kitchen), and Bella (well Bella is always here). I'm reading about the cardiovascular system and listening to Pandora (my musician of choice lately has been Arlo Guthrie), and I have to admit that it's rather soothing. I have been drinking tea and dancing when I get to antsy. (I dance a lot)

Tomorrow Carrie and I are taking our little sister (we are taking park in the Big Brothers and Sisters program) to the state house, and I may be more excited then my little sis. I have wanted to tour the state house since I moved to Cola and my chance has come at last!! We're also going to wonder around the grounds, which is spectacular as well because the horticulture is wonderful, and it serves as an excellent way to test my botanical knowledge.

That may be one of the nerdiest things I have ever typed. :-/
penny for your thoughts
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
8:34 pm - Valentines Day
And I'm doing it again. Trying this whole writing thing. I realized that I needed this when I started reading in earnest again. I've decided that I'm going to make a run to the local Northeast Branch of the Richland Public Library once every two weeks and pick up some great work of fiction. This fortnight I'm tackling Life of Pi. So far it's a good read which is probably unfortunate as I should be studying (I should always be studying).

Anyways, right now I'm siting in my house staring at a dozen roses and stuffed rhino, and Bella, a brindled plot hound. Since my room mate has started dating, Bella and I have become awfully close. She knows not to wake me up too early in the morning, and I know that when I do wake up I better rush her outside. She tolerates my crazy music and I toss her red stick to her a couple times every hour or so. Sometimes we go on long walks, and she sniffs at every mail box as I jerk her along. I dance around the house when I get too hyper and she gives me puzzled looks, and I laugh at her when she rolls around on her back on the carpet trying to reach an impossible itch.

Yep I think my re entry into the world of Livejournal is off to an auspicious start. Hopefully more quality to follow tomorrow.

current mood: content
penny for your thoughts
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
11:59 pm - Peter Jenkins
When I was in tenth grade, my English teacher told me about a book called "Walk Across America" and for a couple of years now I've had a bit of a hankering, if you will to pick it up. I was in the travel section of Barnes & Noble 2 weeks ago and was delighted when I found a copy.

The book is excellent. It's about a young man growing up in the Vietnam Era who decides that before he flees the country in disgust, he should really find out what the US is all about. He decides to do this by literally walking across the country. In his first book he walks south. As he travels he meets amazing people and has some rather unpleasant run ins. Rumors often circulate in the small southern towns that he stays in that he is a Yankee Narc or a Yankee drug dealer.

He spends four months in Murphy, NC working at a logging mill to make more money for his trip. While there he lives with an extremely generous black family on the wrong side of town. Jenkins isn't a terrific writer, but his honesty blows me away. He doesn't sugar coat things; he simply states what he sees. He's not afraid to say that one of his coworkers is often drunk on moonshine or that the other black residents of his temporary home spend their weekends drunk and high. He also details the racism he sees when he goes to the grocery store describing how white folks quickly clear the isle when he approaches with his black family. His style isn't demeaning or condescending; he seems more like a curious child taking life as it comes.

Classes has been canceled tomorrow until 11 am, so I think I'm going to stay up a bit longer reading. I hope everyone is doing well!

current mood: cheerful
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Friday, January 26th, 2007
7:26 am - O the fun has begun
My goal this semester is to graduate. I know very noble and novel and so on, but GOD willing it is attainable. This means that for the next 2 months or so I will be coming into lab 3 mornings a week at 5 am. That's right 5 am. I've gone to bed later than that. Regardless there is a certain peacefulness about the place, and the cleaning staff comes in at about the same time so I don't feel quiet so sketched out. The best part of the morning is listening to NPR while I set up my experiment. I just learned that Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me is coming to Charleston on February 10th, and I'm seriously contemplating going. Anyone else game?

Right now I am reading Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins. It's a bit of a travel log and it details the adventures and so on of Mr. Jenkins as he literally walks across America. The prose isn't beautiful with perfect imagry and what not; however, it's a fun read, and I think it will get me through these freakishly early mornings. Regardless, my first hour of my growth curve should be coming to an end shortly so I suppose I should dash off. Expect more regular postings as it appears that I'll have a good deal more spare time.
2 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
1:43 am - The turning of a new leaf?
So I never update. I know I'm a lazy fuck or what have you. I just don't have a whole lot to say, but I know that writing is good for the soul so I'm having another go at it.

I looked around me today and realized that this is my last semester in college. Next year I'll be studying my ass off in medical school, living in an off campus apartment, and worrying over a dwindling bank account. I don't think I'm particularly scared, although that is what I claim to be. I'm just ready. I know what I want to do, and I want to be there now. I'm not averse to change, I'm just tired of the whole process of the thing. The mechanics that are involved: packing up...deciding what to do over the summer...finishing off my classes this semester.

I want to read and enjoy great conversation, and I want to bake a lot. In fact I want to move to the middle of nowhere and be completely self sufficient. I want to go through the hassle of a garden and canning and knitting. I know that the life isn't nearly as romantic as it sounds, but I don't want to do it for romantic reasons. I just want to simplify.

current mood: listless
penny for your thoughts
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
6:14 am - In Case you all were wondering
Today I I learn about kidneys, all day long.  I'm not going to lie, I'm sort of excited.
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
9:45 pm - Chilling Ecuador
Having a spectacular time in Ecuador!! Granted this is the first decent internet I have found in the country since I have been here, but that is beside the point. We have visited several hospitals, been to a few villiages, toured a midwives clinic, spent a day chilling on an Ecuadorian beach, and tonight I'm staying at a 400 year old Spanish Hacienda!!! Ya life is spectacular and I can believe I have to leave in 2 days :-/.  Regardless, I hope all is well, and I look forward to seeing everyone when classes start back and so on!
                      
penny for your thoughts
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
11:58 pm - Personal Statement
Well I have been working on my personal statement for the last eternity or so, and now I am looking for advice. I am supposed to write about why I want to be a doctor. Any advice anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.



current mood: tired
3 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
7:35 pm - I like the East Coast
I'm a sad individual. Trying to write my personal statement, but having no luck. ::Sigh::
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Monday, July 31st, 2006
7:27 am - As "brorrowed" from Ahjota ;-)
These rock.

The linux one almost made me wet my pants. 

Today I get to go out to eat con mi tia y tio! Comida libre para una pobre estudiante de universidad! O I have an oral exam in Spanish today too :-), and a paper due about N2 fixing Vibrios.  Yep today is wild. I hope everyone is doing well.  If anyone wants a pimp post card from Ecuador, e-mail me your address @ eyesliftedskyward@gmail.com. 
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
1:12 pm - Life
    Went to Rotary Interviews this weekend, and was interesting.  The interview went well, I suppose, I didn't freak out or break down or anything of that nature.  Apparently I'll find out with in the week.  Regardless, it has finially hit me, this is it, this is my last year on college and next year I am off to medical school.  In a week I leave for Ecuador for two weeks, and this week I have to send in my applications so that, GOD willing, I can get into medical school.  I feel so terribly clique, but I guess I'm preparing to end another chapter in my life, and it seems so much more final then anything I have ever done before. 
    I have had a wonderful summer, but it has flown much too fast.  The lab has been an adventure, and I know that I don't have much of a future in research.  I enjoy it, but I need to talk to people.  However, I think I've gained more from that then from anything else in college.  The work has taught me to constantly look for explanations behind everything, to be careful and exacting, and I think I've developed a lot of confidence.  I know I'm not the best, but I also know that I am capable. Ah well, I hope everyone is doing well, forgive me for my rare posts. :-)

current mood: contemplative
4 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Friday, June 16th, 2006
10:33 am - I've been inspired
Nothing to do in lab to day, so wasting away in front of a computer. Hopefully signing up for Suba Diving Lessons after lab meeting :-)

current mood: bored
2 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
1:02 am - Gone
To DC tomorrow! Hope everyone has a glorious weekend :-)
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Saturday, May 6th, 2006
12:45 am - The summer has arrived
I'm so terribly atrocious at going to sleep. During the school year I always fall into bed. It is truly amazing how easy it is to fall asleep when I only average 6 hours of sleep a night. In high school and middle school I never slept. I remember starting 200 page books at 9pm and staying up until 2 am finishing them. True I tended to be a bit exhausted when 6:30 rolled around the next morning, but never tired like I have been in college. I blame in on the mental exhaustion.

I wonder how many years all of this worrying and nervousness has taken off my life. I always pull through, somehow, but I'm determined to find a better way to do it.

Went to Al Amir today with Nicole and Laura and had a lovely time eating much too much and chatting about this and that. I miss people so much, and I look forward to the freedom of getting reacquainted with a lot of friends I have lost touch with throughout the years.

current mood: indescribable
1 penny|penny for your thoughts
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
10:32 am - Finished
Exams have been completed!! Now to wait for the grades :-/. Anyways, now I have time to do pimp things like room inspections, packing and cleaning. I can't believe the semester is over, it neve really seemed to start. Ah well enough about that.

Plans for today include a pimp trip to Bo Jangles, a picnic, and an RA get together. I should probably make a run to the lab as well, but regardless no more classes! Free time! w00t!

current mood: chipper
2 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
1:32 am - As Requested
Rules: if you're tagged, you must post 6 weird habits/things about yourself

1. My two favorite radio stations in Cola are NPR and 94.3, the oldies country music station

2. Sometimes I go commando, I generally don't tell people this because apparently it's odd ::shrugs::

3. I am addicted to "What not to Wear" on TLC

4. I am a Libertarian who dresses like a hippy, likes NPR, and has a passion for Public Health (however, privatization is the key)

5. I have woken up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat unsure as to whether I have turned off the Nitrogen in the lab

6. I think the word spoon is bizarre

and the winners are...

dbeam16...because he's pimp
blackncrymsyn...because she understands wasteful nitrogen fears
ahjota...because he's going with me to an opera and that takes guts
superwombattwo...because he only updates about his love life ;-)
bakadeshi...because I haven't seen him since the summer of sophomore year

current mood: sleepy
5 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Saturday, April 29th, 2006
2:20 pm - Thomas Cooper, Mercury, and the exciting world of Survy
Well I have been here for 3 hours attempting to cram some 60 odd pages of physiology into my head, it's all very interesting, but sometimes I just need stop!! Today I decided to peruse a Discover during one of my many breaks. (ya I suck at life, bite me). There was an interesting article discussing the problems with Mercury and I never really considered how deadly the element was. A couple of years ago a scientist in a lab accidentally spilled 2 drops of dimethylmercury on a gloved hand, several months later she slipped into a vegetative state and died. It's hard to fathom how toxic some chemicals are. We work with some scary shit in the lab, and I never think twice about. A couple of times I've spilled a spec of 5 M HCl on my hand felt a bit of a sting, and shrugged it off, fortunately I haven't had to deal with anything super sketchy although I must admit the risk does make it all slightly more enticing.

O and about the scurvy, umm don't forget to eat your oranges. I'm off to eat lunch and then back to the books ::sigh::

current mood: dorky
5 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
11:16 pm - Exams
Ah tis that time of the year again. I've been residing in my study carrol in the basement of TC praying for a B in physiology and trying to maintain my sanity. Ok so in all honesty I'm dreaming about this summer and all of the free time I'm going to have. I have already constructed several elaborate plots to quickly dispose of this new found commodity. Hopefully I'll be able to keep things under control. :-)

This semester has been insane between studying for MCATs, working in the lab, traversing between here and the red cross, etc... and I have had a good time sort of, I guess. I've just missed having time just to sit, without feeling guilty, and it's something I hope to re gain this summer. I'm open to suggestions for books and I'm hoping to do a bit of sewing. I'm also in charge of making a map of cool places in Columbia to share with the new McNairs when the come to USC in August. If anyone has any ideas don't hesitate to tell me.

Anyways I hope all has been well in my ::ahem:: extended absence. I shall try to update with greater frequency, writing is yet another luxury I have missed.

current mood: drained
3 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
6:21 pm - sort of an update
as copied from AJ and Nicole.

http://kevan.org/johari?name=tamera

hope everyone is well and so on. leaving for Mexico on Friday. it shall be interesting

current mood: chipper
3 pennies|penny for your thoughts
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
1:44 am - Coffee
I had a wonderful cup of coffee tonight which may not have been one of my wisest decisions. I've sent out 3 or 4 e-mails, written an applcation, copied some notes, and it's only 1:45 am. Waking up tomorrow at 7am :-/. I want to get this experiment underway in the lab. I also plan on registering for housing (w00t for Rutledge), working out, going to class and giving a presentation on the ear wax gene, doing SSIs, going to MCAT class, and enjoying a staff meeting. I seem to enjoy planning, lots and lots of planning.

Perhaps I should get a good night's rest. :-/

current mood: hyper
4 pennies|penny for your thoughts
> previous 20 entries
> top of page
LiveJournal.com