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So, I've been going through some crap lately, to the point that visits from my family have increased exponentially. It stems from my medical mystery [A.K.A. WTF is with my stomach?].

None of that really matters now, though, because I HAVE A PUPPY!

His name is Bizmark, he weighs 6 lbs at the moment, and he is made of awesome cuteness.


My brother spent the weekend with me and we picked him up on Saturday afternoon. He's been checked over by the vet and up to date on shots and deemed healthy. He's sleeping in my lap as I type, and he's pretty quite most of the time. Now I just need to housetrain him and get him to stop crying when he's in his crate.

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The header is inspired by an idea I've got gestating at the moment. I'll probably post more about it when I've had the chance to think coherently. Basically, it boils down to the fact that our education system is failing our youth, I have a very scientific mind, and I'm ridiculously lucky to have the opportunity to work where I do (The Robarts Research Institute).

Insert blurb about why any of this came up to begin with )

I kind of want to see Bob McDonald do a TED talk.

In other news, I've signed up to run the half marathon in Orlando in February, and I'm committed to raising $4,500 CAN for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. I'll post my fundraising website shortly (my high school physics teacher donated 100$, because he's awesome), but I really need some help come up with fundraising ideas.

So far, I plan on selling the rubber bracelets (like the yellow livestrong ones, only purple and for Team in Training and blood cancer research), and I'm thinking of doing a few bake sales/waffle breakfasts.

Any other ideas?

Finally a meme )

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I'm finishing up the alpha read on one BB, beta-ing another, and revising my own this weekend. I also get my hair cut, I'm going to look into those Cuba trips, hang out with some old friends, and have cake for my Dad's B-day. Good times.

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Start with the meme, which I keep forgetting:

Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene? )

Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage? )

Remaining days )

It's been such a long time since I've been able to use my go go science! tag. The last three weeks of work before I went on holidays was plagued by badly made common stocks that killed my cells, missing reagents, and the epic stress of grant writing season. I was getting dangerously close to the "I hate science and want to start [insert questionable career of your choice here, I'm thinking guppy breeding]."

That said, this week I've successfully cloned a mutation into one of the isoforms of my protein, and I've successfully detected SUMOylation of both isoforms.

In non-science terms, I've found something that contributes to our understanding of how certain nerve cells work. Ideally, this will shed light on what happens to our brains as we age and in different neurodegenerative diseases.

I've got another three to four years of work to do on this, but it isn't hopless!!!


Also, I'm going to go to Cuba next year! It's mostly exciting, because I haven't actually gone anywhere for vacation since I was seventeen. I managed to score an invite for a course in Brazil in April, which was a free trip there (the first time I'd left southern Ontario in six years), but this will be the first for pleasure only trip in a while. [ profile] bloodredmoon1, aka my awesome British friend, is in to go with me. We're waiting on a few more people, but I'll probably have the trip booked by next week.

On another note, I got feedback from [ profile] fleshlycherry about by D/C BB. Lots of sections to revise and rework because she calls me on it every time I fall into summarizing/skipping scenes, for being to wordy, and for waving my slash wand and going with the "because I said so" explanation. She didn't call me on my overuse of semicolons

I'm lucky she likes me as much as she does, because she isn't even a D/C shipper.

I've gotten to thinking about my NaNo, though, which is the sequel to the BB. I'm thinking it's going to need more Crowley, and after reading Good Omens, I've decided to go with the fact that it's the same demon. That said, should I include Aziraphale?

I'm also trying to decide if I should include the crossover bit that didn't actually get hinted in the BB. It's also trying to blend in with my [ profile] syfybigbang, because hey, that's the way my brain works, but I've put my foot down, because it's too ridiculous.

Which leads me to the only not awesome part of my day: What to do my syfy/merlin BB on?

Also, SPN premiere tomorrow! My dad's birthday party was rescheduled for Sunday, so I'll be able to watch the whole thing as it airs! I'm pathetically excited.

All of the positive vibes I'm grooving with right now have translated into helping me shed some of the weight I put on while sick, which is also happy making.

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I've been talking a lot to my old university friend M while I've been sick, and it came up that I was writing the BigBang, and he kindly offered to beta/cheerlead for me. This is the conversation we just had:

Me: I'm writing a scene in the middle of the middle. I'm thinking it'll be the turning point in Dean and Cas' relationship, where Dean realizes he might not be entirely straight :)
M: they'd be cute together
Me: I'm torn between them being cute and them being epic, rough and explosive. Castiel can be pretty BAMF.
M: hmmm. couldn't you have a bit of both?
Me: Yeah, but I'm not sure what works best of this part.
M: like when Dean has his realization he wants it slow and cute, then eventually Cas has enough and bam, epic rough sex
Me: That, right there, made my day! But no, doesn't really work for the fic.

I sometimes forget how awesome M can be, which is unfortunate, because I've know him for years. I'm actually going to crash at his place for FanExpo, and I'm surprised with how much I'm looking forward to it.

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For those of you following [ profile] fleshlycherry's flist, you'll note that last weekend there was an epic Supernatural weekend. The purpose was three fold. We wanted to watch as much Supernatural as humanly possible in three and a half days. I needed to brush up on canon for my big bang, and we seriously needed to catch up.

Here's a recap of what happened between July 22nd and July 25th:

A Very Supernatural Weekend )

Honourable mentions should go to Bobby, for whom we drank whiskey, the whiskey sours we consumed for Sam and Dean, since we didn't want to stomach straight whiskey, the law students, for whom we stomached Canadian and straight rum, and Zachariah, who gets the worm at the bottom of the bottle of tequila we never drank.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cake Recipe )

Quotes worth mentioning:

1) "Because of course she did!" (refering to the Impala)
2) "Fuck [something]! Right in the face!"
3) "Salt lines; better than a locked door."
4) In Tall Tales, the professor says, "I respect you too much."
[ profile] fleshlycherry: "What? Like God respected Becky?"
5) "Drink everytime Sam gets choked."
6) "Those are the people who just lazied themselves to death."
7) "I find this humerus."

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Been a little while since I posted last, so I've got a nice update to give.

1) There is laundry thief in my appartment building, stealing mostly women's undergraments. They posted the memo about two hours after I did a load of laundry. Now I'm concerned I'm missing clothing.
1a) I've been watching too much criminal minds, and reading profiling text books. Underwear theft can escalate to rape >.>
1b) I'm going back to my parents house to do laundry from now on.

2) EXPERIMENTS ARE WORKING!!!!1! There is strong evidence to suggest my protein of interest is being modified. Now I'm going to look at the other isoform of my protein, and of the modifier. I'm going to make mutant proteins to find the interaction site, and I'm going to treat my cells with funky things to see if it alters binding or activity. I might even look into siRNA to see if it knocks down the funky activity we see in our protein.

3) I spent a great five days with my awesome British friend. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on jewelry, completed some great sets, saw five plays, drank a lot of wine, talked a lot of fanfic, and watched Secret Diary of a Call Girl. I want to go back now.

4) There was a huge storm that rolled over London last night. I was outside doing bootcamp (which got cancelled half way through due to the weather). It was literally rolling, too. You could see about five different cloud fronts passing over head, with the storm front being this huge black roiling thing. Once I got to my car I tried to chase it so I could take a picture, but it was moving at a fair pace, and the London traffic system is designed to stop you at nearly every light, and it doesn't provide advanced greens.

5) Planning the SPN weekend to end all weekends with [ profile] fleshlycherry. It makes me happy. Now I just need to get on my BigBang. I've submitted the summary, and I'm about 1/10 of the way through the word count, with just the prologue. It's going to be a monster fic, I think.

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This is a super long post about real life (and somewhat fandom, so I'll break it down).

Because, unlike my dear friend fleshlycherry, my brain crosses everything over: )

Funny side story: )

In awesome lab news that means I have no weekend: )

Hoping to get everything done before I go away for a superlong weekend next week to visit my awesome British friend P to do wine tastings and see a bazzilion plays.

*sighs contently*

Life is pretty good right now.

(ETA: I keep having to edit this because I'm finding typos and format issues. I think it's because I nearly split my skull open last night when I banged my head against a cabinet door. Bled and everything >.>)

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I cooked Pad Thai over at the boys' place last night, and then played Dominion, which is officially the coolest game ever. It's kind of like Settlers of Catan, in that you get victory points and resources, except that there's no board, it's a deck building game, and it's a lot more fun (though the last statement could be because I overplayed Settlers in undergrad. G kept trying to hook cute nerdy boy and I up all night.

Woke up at 6 am this morning, made waffles and sausages for breakfast with fresh local strawberries (and put brown sugar in my coffee as a treat), then went with cute nerdy boy to the London market. Spent an hour there and picked up some delicious assorted day old bakery bagels for cheap.

Went into the lab after I got back to finish up an experiment (which has finally started to yeild conclusive results). While I was in the lab I had a brilliant epiphany for the climax of my BigBang fic, so it's 90% planned out now, and I've actually started writing.

Finally, I drove all the way across town to take a look at this 30$ computer desk, except the store had sold out. Also looked at new couches, but the ones in my price range are crappier than the 30 year old love seat I've got now. Feeling bummed, I tried one last store, and found this awesome desk, as well as a really cute red faux-leather sectional.

I only bought the desk, but I got to spend four hours taking apart the old one (with stripped bolts), and putting together the new one. I really like working with my hands, and it's been a while since I've had the satisfaction of completing a task.

Today has been a good day :)

On a side note, I've decided to name the BigBang chapters after song titles, and I'm going to compile a fan mix to go along with it. Anyone have any good Supernatural related songs?

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Because I'm eating dinner, I figured I'd start with the food topic.

I love to cook, mostly because I love to eat food. That said, I really need to learn how to do it better. Here's why:

1) When your rice cooker doubles as your steamer, you cannot both steam vegetables and cook rice and expect them to be ready at the same time. Therefore you should stop planning on having rice and steamed veggies in the meal.

2) You cannot zest a lime in five seconds. In fact, you cannot cut up all of the vegetables you need to add to the pan before the chicken you've already started cooking is ready. Therefore your chicken comes out a little crispy.

3) Mmmm.... lemon chicken that used lime zest. Plan meals ahead so you have the ingrediants needed to cook them.

On a side note, I think I figured out how to include Sam in my BigBang, and it makes me all kinds of happy.

On another side note, I get a new fridge!

Also, I can't move, because I did boot camp last night, and then ran today.

I'm le tired.

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So, S's wedding was on Saturday, and it was a huge success. Initial weather reports called for a 90% chance of rain, but on the day of, it was sunny all day and didn't start raining until nearly 11pm. There are a lot of great photos taken :)

There was a bit of drama regarding one of the bridesmaids being unable to leave the US to attend the wedding, but the replacement bridesmaid was nice and fun, so all was good.

Day of, we went to the salon to get hair and make-up done, got the bride's nails done, grabbed a quick lunch from William's and got ready at the bride's parent's place. The ceremony was nice and short, and the groom cried, which almost set the whole wedding party off. Great reception with fun DJ, tasty food and an awesome cake. I caught the bouquet, got to lead the conga line through the hall, and flirted with the cute bartender (as per my usual).

And throughout the entire day, I managed to avoid slapping the troublesome bridemaid K, who I was once very good friends with, but have since realized is incapable of thinking about anyone but herself. She didn't buy the bride a single drink at the bachelorette, was late to the bachelorette, didn't help with the hall set-up (because she was busy holding flowers for the two florists >.>), didn't come back to get ready with the rest of us at the house pre-wedding, and the final straw was that she didn't bother to stick around post-wedding to help take down the hall, instead leaving at 11:30 to go out to the bar with the rest of the old high school friends.

And I didn't slap her.

On the plus side, I will never have to deal with her again now.

On the other plus side, my ex's date ditched him for another guy at the wedding, which made me snicker just a little.

In other real-life news, I've started doing bootcamp, and I think it's going to be painful but fun. I'm also thinking of doing some web tutoring this summer. Anyone know if it's worth while using Paypal?

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So, this weekend was pretty much amazing. Had a house warming party for some friends and played beer pong for the first time. Got our dresses fitted for the wedding in June, got the bride's hair done up in a trial, and got her something nice to wear under the dress.

Then [ profile] fleshlycherry came with me to Guelph where we did the Guelph revival tour, which included Bombay Cafe and Abstract. The major point of this, however, is that she showed me the Doctor Who Handlebars video (and I may or may not be the only person who's never seen it before). I then proceeded to listen to the song on repeat, all of last night, and I'm still going strong. In case you haven't seen it, here it is in all of its glory.

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1) Very few people outside of Hostpitals/Universities and hotels speak English.
2) Despite what I was told, they don't accept american money
3) Cab drivers are ridiculous, and get you lost repeatedly, except for the ones who don't
4) Brazilians are solar powered. It's the only way you can explain how they party all night, every night, and still function the next day.
5) When course is hosted by a cancer hospital, it'll mostly be about cancer.
6) Sao Paulo is a terrible tourist city.
7) Brazilians don't really care about time. When they say they're leaving at 7, be there around 8 and you'll only have to wait another half hour.
8) Cashaca is a brilliant liquor, and it should definately be sold in Canada.
9) Supernatural is still eating my brain, even when I'm supposed to be doing other things.
10) Brazilian food is delicious.
11) My hotel/lab mate is a bit of a bitch, or just socially retarded (most likely), and I won't be hanging out with her after this
12) My Brazilian lab mate is awesome, and I should get to know her better
13) Brazilians are very touchy-feely, which is unfortunate for a person who doesn't like strangers touching them.
14) Neuroscience talks at a course held at the cancer centre are very basic
15) Scientists are pretty awesome, and do, in fact, know how to have a good time.
16) Brazilian coffee is awesome as well.
17) I need to come back here again.


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