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.

holy moly… my very own home!!!

The title says it all… my bid got accepted without any counteroffers!!!! I’m in disbelief at the moment… my mind does not fully ‘grok’ this simple fact; I am a homeowner. Holy moly!

I really got a great deal on the property… in fact, I’m paying roughly what the previous homeowner paid for the place. Its in a great location, I can afford it, and it will be my new home. Now I’ve just got to get things squared away with the bank… find the best mortgage interest rate, get inspections/appraisals done, and all other closing things as well. It really pays to be a buyer in a buyers market. I still can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it. Have I said I can’t believe it yet?

The terms of the contract state that closing will happen on or before 8/14/09 (a couple of weeks before the start of the school semester), so everything is great.

I’m one very lucky one.

Guess that is all for now… I’ll update you on how things close with the house


Who Knew?

I promise, I have a good reason for not posting as of late. Today I put in an offer to purchase a home… crazy I know. I feel a bit too grown up for my own good. In any case, the town home is in a great neighborhood just 3 miles away from the IU campus. It will require minimal work (just minor painting and changing of light fixtures) but other than that, its in great shape.

I feel like I’m finally ‘growing up’


Starting to feel welcome.

The initial days of shock have subsided, and now I’m starting to feel like part of the lab group and I’m getting used to the apartment. I’ve finally gotten added to payroll, and I have access to the building I work in… They put me on as an ‘hourly staff employee’ to get around the red tape, but in actuality, I’m a salaried student for the summer… now I’ve got to go through more red tape come the fall semester to get an actual student I.D…. ugh!

That’s right folks; my very own, brand spanking new, ID card! Who knew one card could make me feel so at home?

As far as the apartment… well, I’ve managed to at least spruce up my room somewhat… though I can’t say that for the common rooms. Here’s what I’ve managed to do. Note: the comforter/pillow/pots/pans/books/clothes/shoes/etc. all had to fit in 2 suitcases. You can call me an excellent packer. 😉

Other than all of this, there’s not too much to report. The boss should be back from his conference on Monday, and hopefully I now know enough to not sound like an idiot in front of him. I’m going to be going condo hunting this weekend so wish me luck; because I’ll need it!



Yes, that is how I feel. I’ve finally made my way to Indiana and spent my first day in lab yesterday. It is funny to think that only about a week ago, I was summering in Europe.

So far, the lab is the best part about Bloomington… my lab mates are cordial and I’ve even got a nice desk in the corner that has yet to become my second home. I’m really looking forward to getting a project underway, and hopefully on Monday, when the boss comes back from a conference, I can get cracking on things. Thus far, I’ve been talking to group members about their projects, reading papers to get a feel for projects I may want to do, dealing with the administrative red tape stuff, and finally, I have painstakingly been setting up IU internet accounts.

As for the actual place I’m subletting for the summer… it is a bit of a dump; the only redeeming quality is that the roommates are friendly and that it is only a bus ride away from campus. I’m meeting with a realtor in the evening to see some properties so I can move into a nicer place. So far, I don’t feel lonely. I thought I would, but the lab is great, and I’ve got so much red tape to go through, that I have no time to stress about trivial things.

Why do I feel overwhelmed? It’s a bit funny you see… I think it is because I feel like a tourist in my ‘new’ hometown. Asking for simple directions someplace is impossible because I have no concept of where anything is, or how far things are. I need a map in hand where ever I go and everything is new. Coming from Europe, you’d think I’d be used to this, but I think that not having a home is finally getting to me. I think I’ll finally feel happy when I am not living out of a suitcase and when I finally know the meanderings of the town like the back of my hand. Until then, I’ll just have to suck it up and deal with feeling overwhelmed.

When I get time later, I’ll upload the last few pictures of my European trip.