March 6th, 2007

Dandelion

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6:45: Wake up.
8:00: Drive to school. Realize I forgot to print out the notes for my 9:30 class (they're posted around 7:45 AM, so it's a narrow window).
8:15: Arrive at my office after running from the parking lot. Lock up my laptop, grab my binder. Get keys from the lab to the herbarium. Run to the herbarium to print the class notes. Run to the Rec Center for Pilates.
8:35: Arrive at the Rec Center after Pilates has already started. Get a locker, go to the locker room, realize that I forgot my gym bag. And class would be more than half over by the time I got it and came back. Go work in the herbarium until 9:20.
9:30: Class starts. Suddenly realize that the prof is not starting with the notes he posted that morning...he's finishing the lecture from last week. The lecture for which he made a mistake and only posted the first 3 pages of a 10 page lecture, so I still don't have the notes.

It was the most inefficient morning ever.

BUT:

1. I sent out two whomping loans in the herbarium (2 boxes to UW, 1 to OSU, about 475 specimens),
2. Had a good meeting with my advisor about the good committee meeting I had yesterday. I don't have to do AFLP's. I can stop my lab work. I DO have to spend a lot of time doing some very hard computer analyses (coalescents, nested clade, etc., alternate gap weighting, etc.), but it's still a step in the right direction.
3. Tyler shared his chips and green chile because I forgot my lunch (love).
4. I got an A on my systematics exam.
5. It is gloriously sunny and warm outside...about 62.

So all in all, things got better.
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Book Count #3

20. The Bitch Posse, by Martha O'Connor. Not bad. An interesting visitation of friendship through very hard times, told in first person by three women, switching between past and present day. My only gripe is that the book ends six chapters too soon and leaves out the potential for some very interesting resolution. B-

21. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory. Reread. One of her best. A.

22. The Boleyn Inheritance, by Philippa Gregory. Pretty good. Told the tale of Henry VIII's lesser-known wives, and did a good job. History books understate how scary a time that really was. I liked this one better than The Virgin Queen. A-

23. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This was on a recommendation from troglodyteking. It was interesting, intelligent, and absolutely hilarious. This is the way I would write if I could choose. It's a bit Douglas Adams-ish, but less absurd. I loved it. A

24. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, by Jon Krakauer. This was about the Mormon religion in general (history and present), and a fundamentalist murder case in particular. I didn't know Mormons had such a bloody past. Very interesting and well written. It's very much like Into Thin Air in that the narrative is gripping enough that you don't want to stop reading it. Mind you, it's not sensationalized. Anyone interested in learning more about America's home-grown religion should pick this up. A


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I need some advice from people in the Duneiverse. I love Dune passionately (the book, not the movies), and I want to read more of the story, but at the same time, I don't want to wreck my enjoyment of the first book. If anyone's read the series, can they give me advice on where I should stop to preserve my innocence? I want to avoid this.
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