i spent over an hour yesterday frantically searching the hard drive of my computer for a document that i KNOW i wrote -- after all, i have a checked off box on november 11th to prove it! it was a 2-pager describing my research experience, and it was particularly painful to write because:
a) my research experience really does not need (or deserve) to take up that much space
b) i had to dig up my senior thesis, which brought back sad memories of stressing out baby rats (on purpose!). <-- see, i even blogged about it! WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS DOCUMENT!?
anyway, i have to conclude that i overwrote it somehow, because as far as my macbook pro is concerned, it does not exist. @(#*&@. it finally hit me that my grant is due in a week and though a ton of work has been put in, i have SO much more to do on it.
josh tried to help, encouraging me to "make a plan!" (where does he GET these ideas!?!?) but i wouldn't hear any of it. i then proceeded to freak out and went to bed crying virally-infested tears, pager at my side.
but this morning, things are better.
** blogging interrupted by break to follow my own advice **
in addition to creating a specific plan of attack, i did something i do not usually do and emailed my attending to ask for a free afternoon on wednesday to get some work done. because it's okay to ask for help! especially in times like these. and my glasses (ie: overall pitiful look) might actually make others more sympathetic to my case. is it possible that there is really a positive side to conjunctivitis?
let's talk about something else
all right, enough grant talk. i have something interesting i need to share with you all, discovered right in the heart of havertown, which is where i grew up.
a little perspective from the suburb's wikipedia page:
"Widely referred to as "H-Town," Havertown's ZIP Code is 19083. Havertown is notable for being the birthplace of Swell Bubble Gum, which closed its doors in late 2004. Havertown is one of the few towns that have a Superfund site caused by a timber mill that finished telephone poles; the chemical that was used to coat the telephone poles was dumped into the ground."aaaaaaand both the bubble gum factory and the superfund site (yaaaay chemicals!) were located less than a mile from our house, which is why i cannot stand the smell of bubble gum to this day and why my offspring may have three eyes (kidding . . . i hope). anyway, it's not exactly trendy up in there.
but check this out:
looks like a fro-yo shop, right? i know; they're everywhere now. but no -- look closer. things are not exactly what they appear . . .
there are toppings:
but instead of putting these delicacies on yogurt, this new establishment sells (drumroll, please) . . .
i know, right?!
there are over a dozen flavors, mostly rice-based:
josh and i just HAD to try some:
it was . . . interesting. i have to say i prefer my precious LoYo, but i could see it hitting the spot on a snowy day.
here it is, folks -- pudding lane. unless you happen to live in "H-town", you heard it here first!
workout: 35 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + weights (pushups, leg press, hamstring curls, ball plank-to-tucks, lat pull-downs, lateral/forward raises)
cooking: leftovers night! as i had written about, this is exactly what monday usually calls for around here.