Wednesday, March 01, 2006

return from the desert

i don't know if i mentioned that i was leaving, but i just returned from a long and rather intense scientific meeting in taos, new mexico. it was my first big meeting, and my first trip to the southwest. i am proud to say:

* i didn't fall asleep in a single talk, even though i attended over 30 of them and --
* i didn't even really ever get bored, except when a speaker's accent was so thick i couldn't understand them (although i can't complain much as a sadly monolingual american)
* i learned quite a bit about the hot areas in insulin secretion today
* i took copious notes (that's how i stayed so awake!)
* i ate buffalo (josh says it's really bison -- is ther a difference?)
* i saw tumbleweed!
* i went skiing and didn't fall once (ok, i stuck to green circles, but still)
* i ran 8 miles at altitude and survived

and now i'm home, and avoiding lab. i am 'working on my prelim'. well, i will be in a minute. or twenty. really, i just need a break from even thinking about science and from seeing the same people i saw day in and day out for the last week. and, i need to do my laundry. and breathe the nice, moist, oxygen-rich air.

i missed josh, a lot. i missed my iBook and my freshly brewed coffee and even my long run.
i sort of missed lab. but not too much.

and i'm happy to be home.


  1. buffalo is the huge cape buffalo that you see in africa. bison is the smaller version that is native to the midwest.

    sounds like a great trip! even though, it's always great to come home.

  2. Anonymous9:02 AM

    More on the buffalo/bison issue, from

    NOTE: Is it Buffalo or Bison?
    The American Buffalo is not a true buffalo. Its closest relative is the European Bison or Wisent and the Canadian Woods Bison, not the buffalo of Asia or Africa, such as the Cape Buffalo or Water Buffalo. Scientifically, the American Buffalo is named Bison and belongs to Bovidae family of mammals, as do domestic cattle. Because our history has so ingrained in us the name "Buffalo", we still use it, although "Bison" and "Buffalo" are used interchangeably.

    L, your nerdy da, who cares about such things!