The eve of the first day of grad school!

I’m not gunna lie, I’m slightly nervous about my first day of school tomorrow… in fact, my class does not start until 9:00 am, and I’m waking up at 6:3o am. I probably won’t sleep much anyway simply because I’m anxious and I never get sleep on the first day of school/work because I’m always excited.

As promised, my camera is now functioning and I’ve been taking photos of my new place. Here are some photos of the back yard area before:

Here’s the after…

The before part was actually much worse than that… the pictures were taken immediately after de-weeding the area. Before I hacked away at the bushes/weeds, the area was a dump. Because the area is small, it is easy to manage and I didn’t have to do too much. I planted some mums for the fall, cleared out the weeds around the A/C unit and put marble chips in its place, and then cleared out the area adjacent to the A/C unit for a future herb garden.

The last photo is my flower bed in the front. I planted a knockout rose and some other perennial that produces purple flowers in the front. The white flowers were given to me by a friend who came to my housewarming. Super sweet 🙂

On a happy note, I managed to assemble … with the aid of 3 chemists and a plumber, we finished assembling it in about 3 hours. Whew! Here it is!

No more sleeping on the floor.

I better try to get some sleep so I can be ready for tomorrow.


makin friends n’ fittin in

I’m really liking it here now, and moving here has made me realize how great Texas is and how despite my not liking football, and redneck culture, I’m actually freakin’ proud to be a Texan. The fact that I say ‘ya’ll’ and the slight twang I have when I say ‘Hay!’ and the way I love the heat/sun/humidity all make me who I am. I love it. I’m learning that I love me, that’s a great feeling.

When I left Texas, I was miserable, I never thought I’d find a niche for myself. I thought I was established in Texas, and that it would take me forever to put the pieces back together. I was wrong. I’m faring well here, currently, the weather is gorgeous, my garden a pleasure to tend to, the campus quaint, and the people amazing. I have a feeling the next 5 years will be awesome.

Until next time, I found my camera btw… I’ll take photos and start posting so you don’t have to read so much 😉


Orienting myself with everything

The last week has been a whirlwind of sorts to say the least. My parents helped me move into my new house and the painters came and painted the place ‘sedate grey,’ I did craploads of gardening, and have been trying to settle in/get used to living here in Bloomington.

I think I had my ‘moment’ of being a proud homeowner when my father and I had left home to go buy some screws and upon returning to the house, I rang the doorbell. The coolest feeling occurred when my father looked at me and smiled…. the doorbell is a sign of true homeownership, and the ring made it all tie in together. I love it here.

Yesterday night I had some friends over for dinner and to hang out, it’s nice to be able to have people come over and have room for them to actually hang out in instead of being crammed into a small apartment.

Today was the first day of orientation… mildly boring, but a necessary evil. My only consolation is that the graduate students were fed and that I met some other really neat first years here. I also just dropped about 350$ on textbooks on the way home… fun. :(…


Back in Texas :)

It is so nice to finally be back home! As soon as I got out of the airport I felt the sun beating on my shoulders/back and all was right in my world. I would have posted sooner, but I’ve been playing catch up with my friends/family and have been too busy taking care of last minute business here that I haven’t had the time. Yesterday I went to the optometrist to get a pair of glasses (on my old vision insurance policy that expires in about 2 weeks), I hung out with my mom at her local hangout (The Hen House), and have been canceling/setting up things (i.e. Internet/cable at the new place, electric, picking out paint, etc.), and packing.

Do I own enough stuff?

It took the better half of the morning to corral my belongings and put them in the formal sitting area at my parents house. My parents have been only too kind to allow my stuff to sit in the study since I moved out of my last place in mid-May. Now all I need to do is play a bit of tetris with my stuff to get it to fit in my Corolla and a rented Rav-4… should be fun. To top it all off…. I still have furniture to buy… growing up and owning stuff is a chore. I’m sure it will be worthwhile when everything is situated and once I’m all moved in.

Finally, no time at home goes without a bit of knitting. I decided to knit a stuffed bear for my niece Doël who lives up in Luxembourg for her birthday.

Hopefully when I get some eyes and the nose/mouth sewed on, it will look presentable. It was a fun and cute knit. I used Ella Rae classic yarn leftovers from the heterocyclic hat I made earlier this year and despite its awkward appearance, I’m proud of the bear. It was a bit complicated to knit, but I like things that are a bit challenging and quick. I may make a few others for kicks.

I guess that is all for now. Wish me luck with the tetris… I’ll need it!


just plain tired

Is it possible to get tired of thinking? Today, the boss and I talked about a neat idea and I’ve become super excited about it. I’ve been reading paper after paper about ETD methods and my lack of electronics knowledge coupled with my difficulties in reading jargon are starting to tire me. I guess what I mean to say is that I’m proud that I’m able to talk intelligently about current happenings and that I am able to see the bigger picture of things in the group, but that I lack a decent sense of knowledge to actually get my hands dirty and build a machine. I suppose this all comes with practice and time. I have a headache from thinking today. Hopefully this isn’t a repeated thing.

Tomorrow is the group boat trip. I don’t know how I feel about being stuck on a boat with my lab mates for 4 hours, but hopefully that goes smoothly.

Finally, I close on the house on Monday! wish me luck!



Yesterday night was the annual chem crawl. It was a lot of fun and I even got to show off a few of my dance moves. I’m glad I went and I now feel better about moving here… the people here are wonderful, and I really shouldn’t be complaining about things as much as I have been.

I’ve been thinking about all the things I like in life, and in general, it is the people in my life who make it so amazing. I don’t have too much to write about today, but I’ll leave you with a couple of photos from my last birthday celebration.

People have a way of making me feel wonderful about life.

I seriously feel like my life couldn’t get better… 😉


A Bloomington Sunday

Yesterday morning I got the chance to sleep in a bit and then went to the farmers market to buy some fresh produce for a dinner party some friends and I will be having tonight. I even bought some of the happiest looking Gerber daisies for some change.

I’ve probably said this one too many times, but Bloomington is a small town… you have to think of things to do. That being said, when you want to do something, nothing is too far away. Yesterday night some chem friends and I went to the movies and then drove out to lake Monroe in the evening. It’s nice to be out in the country with no lights…just old people fishing in the dark, the calmness and stillness of the earth, and the brightness of the stars. I never realized how many stars there were until I saw them last night. I’m such a city girl.

Today, my agenda is empty to say the least. I will probably spend some few hours searching the internet and reading up on GPS nav. systems, and furniture. Maybe I will linger in bed longer and enjoy the sun peeking through my window as I read my book.

At least I have my dinner party to look forward to in the evening.


Summertime!!! and the weather is easy….

Things in lab are trucking along, though I am starting to get annoyed by lack of cluster access for the last week. The IT department here is slower than molasses and since my project is mostly modeling that occurs on the cluster, I’m stuck until I get cluster access.

Things with the house are going well… it passed the inspection with flying colours, and it looks that only a few minor repairs will need to be made. Everything has been done, now all I need is for my first paystub to get processed, to turn that in along with some other paperwork into the bank, and then to wait around until it is all finally approved, wait for the current residents to vacate the premises, and then, CLOSE! This has been one helluva project, but thanks to my realtor, everything has gone through smoothly… She’s great!

I’m still not quite homesick yet… though I do miss Texas… the food, the people, the laid back Austin attitude, the festivals, the music. Yesterday, a friend from the Jacobson group and I went to Lake Lemon to fish/look at the stars/skip stones. Indiana is starting to grow on me. It is outdoorsy, and while I may have to think a bit harder to figure out things to do, things will get better once I have my own place and a car.

Speaking of which, I booked a ticket to go to Houston. From August 12-15 I will be buying goods to outfit my new abode, and packing up the car, and driving the 16 hour drive from Houston to Bloomington. Car ride with the fam = = slight insanity. It will be great.

Finally, I’ll leave you with the lab group photo the Clemmer lab took yesterday:

I do say, we are a group of the best looking chemists around 😉


ohh baby… welcome to the weekend!

Woo… after a long week of figuring out lab stuff, plowing through paperwork, and feeling moderately lost, I’m tired and in need of some R&R. Fortunately, the girls in my lab group are flippin awesome and we’re having a girls night out to see the movie The Proposal, and then tomorrow morning-ish, two other first years in my group are going with me to check out the Bloomington farmers market. I really like going to markets to see people and hang out/try new things, so I’m really looking forward to all of it. I have no idea what will go down on saturday or sunday, but I’m sure a little chill time won’t hurt.

I’m finally getting around lab and I feel like I know something now… woo! here’s my own, bonafide desk!!!!

Back in Texas, the weather is too dry/hot for anything other than pesky bugs and squirrels to live… here in Indiana, we’ve got the cutest chipmunks and bunnies wandering on the campus grounds.

Every time I see a bunny, I wish I could squeeze a cute, bushy, white, tail.