Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Your Dominant Intelligence is Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

You are great at finding patterns and relationships between things.
Always curious about how things work, you love to set up experiments.
You need for the world to make sense - and are good at making sense of it.
You have a head for numbers and math ... and you can solve almost any logic puzzle.

You would make a great scientist, engineer, computer programmer, researcher, accountant, or mathematician.

Well, I guess I won't argue with this one...

Monday, October 30, 2006

Never Fails...

Why is it that a stink bomb is unleashed in the lab today after my nasty head cold clears up?


Friday, October 27, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging

Check out this video! Turn up the sound, it is so worth it.

Hope it puts a smile on your day!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Smelling not so pretty...

Note to self: Do NOT get the 2-mercaptoenthanol on oneself.

For those not familar with the smell of 2-mercaptoethanol, it smells just like skunk. All it really takes is one rather small drop on anything to leave it smelling like a skunk has sprayed in the vicinity. To say that it is rather potent is mildly putting it.

I know that there are things that smell worse, and some of those things I have smelled and worked with. But right now, my lab coat stinks and I stink. Considering how bad my day has gone so far, this is just stinking great...

Off Limits (Part 2)

Another thing that I have been recently asked is also off limits/taboo as far as I am concerned:

Do not ask me when I am giving my next seminar talk.

I will give my next seminar talk when I feel like it, or when I am made to do it. Which ever comes first...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Off Limits

Heed my warning:
The following questions are off limits/taboo as far as I am concerned:

Do not ask me when I am doing my oral candidacy exam/proposal defense.

Do not ask me how the research is going.

Do not ask me what my data means.

Do not ask me when I plan on graduating.

Do not ask me when I am submitting my manuscript for publication.

Yes, I am feeling very overwhelmed right now...

(Click on cartoon for better close-up)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Secret Admirer?

Today something rather nice and unusual occurred. Today, for my birthday, someone has sent me pink roses delivered to my lab.

But, it would seem that the person is a mystery with a card that reads:

"You are my shining star. From your secret admirer."

I have zero clue who this could be considering that I am currently not dating anyone.

However, this is a nice bit of sunshine amongst the dark clouds. Considering that I have never been sent flowers by a secret admirer, I am pleasantly surprised.

Whoever you are, you have made my day and my otherwise solemn birthday.

Many Thanks!

Friday Cat Blogging

I have decided to post an addendum to the last Friday's Cat Blogging (see previous post). Enjoy!


Thou shall play with thy humans mouse... lets them know YOU are more important then that dumb machine.

Thou shall unplug the machine, modem, etc., if they human does not take the hint.

Thou shall know that toilet paper is a cheap toy your human buys just for you...so jump it, roll in it and tear it to itty bitty bits.

Thou shall monitor all activity of the television and computer monitor for thy persons sake. After all, who knows when some monster only cats can see may go after them... they should thank you. It's also warm near the TV and computer monitor.

Vomiting from atop the Refrigerator allows your human to see you are ill... there is much discussion of this, some cats prefer not to allow their people to know they are ill, and choose to do this in hidden spots. For some reason the humans always find out any way though.

Walk in and greet guests of your human. Do not be shy about cleansing yourself... let them know how clean you are...even cleaning your posterior.

Give your human the option of smelling your posterior...so they know you see them as an equal... honoring them as a cat.

Let your human know you love to play, especially when they are in bed..it is good exercise for them.

Beware of closed doors. Should you run into one at great speed, always remember you are a feline... and with pride, act as if you meant to do this.

If your human appears to need more sleep... walk on the alarm clock...they can always work extra... but needed sleep is important.

Beware of garbage cans with hinged lids... they are tricky creatures that love to catch cats. Instead of jumping upon them and falling in to the can, knock the can over. If it is to big... see if a near by dog will help... dogs love to do this with little urging from cats, and they can then also take the blame.

Make certain the toilet seat lid is down before jumping upon it... otherwise you get wet.

Jump on your human often at 4:00AM, in this way you can see if their bladder is full, and they can realize if they need to go to the bathroom. Ignore their protests... you are doing this to help them prevent kidney disease.

If your human needs to exercise... run out the front door, stopping enough for them to go out and chase you. Let this continue until they have had enough exercise... then walk back and ask to be let into the house. The loud noises they make when they let you in, are really their way of thanking you.

Remember humans are slow... and beware least they trip upon you... if they fall, they are VERY heavy.

If there are guests in the bathroom... push open the door and go in and welcome them.

Even though you are a carnivore, a bit of salad goes well with your meat, find which house plants go best with each type of cat food.

Thou must forgive thy human when they scold you... they know not what they do.

Copyright © Jeanannd and Jane
January 24, 2000

Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday Cat Blogging

I remember reading this a while back. It still is just as enjoyable to read. As they say, an oldie, but goodie.

Cat Commandments:

Thou shalt not jump onto the keyboard when thy human is on the modem.

Thou shalt not pull the phone cord out of the back of the modem.

Thou shalt not unroll all of the toilet paper off the roll.

Thou shalt not sit in front of the television or monitor as thou are transparent.

Thou shalt not projectile vomit from the top of the refrigerator.

Thou shalt not walk in on a dinner party and commence licking thy butt.

Thou shalt not lie down with thy butt in thy human's face.

Thou shalt not leap from great heights onto thy human's genital region.

Fast as thou are, thou cannot run through closed doors.

Thou shalt not reset thy human's alarm clock by walking on it.

Thou shalt not climb on the garbage can with the hinged lid, as thou wilt fall in and trap thyself.

Thou shalt not jump onto the toilet seat just as thy human is sitting down.

Thou shalt not jump onto thy sleeping human's bladder at 4a.m.

Thou shalt realize that the house is not a prison from which to escape at any opportunity.

Thou shalt not trip thy humans even if they are walking too slow.

Thou shalt not push open the bathroom door when there are guests in thy house.

Thou shalt remember that thou are a carnivore and that houseplants are not meat.

Thou shalt show remorse when being scolded.

Author unknown

Monday, October 09, 2006


(do not stand at my grave and weep)

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

--Mary Frye

Photographic credits to Thomas Koeck

On A Personal Note

I know it is going to take time...

Still in shock and disbelief...

Still can't understand how so much can happen in such a short time frame...

Still processing it all...

...Watching cancer ravage my mother's body despite getting a clean bill of health from her cancer specialist in April. Watching my mother's skin jaundice from liver failure. Watching my mother take her last breath. Watching a 92-year old man weep by her casket stating that she was his last remaining friend. Knowing that now both of my parents are deceased. Feeling very lost, lonely, empty, and very depressed.

I know it is going to take time...

...and courage...

But I will get through this somehow.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than 10,000 tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.
~ Washington Irving

I am reflecting upon this quote because today I said my final farewell to my mother and right now, the tears just simply will not stop.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


In remembrance of my mother (June 26, 1926 - September 30, 2006)

"I like to think that she looked out the window one last time the night she died, and saw with a new understanding the placement of the starts."

"I like to think something incomprehensibly vast and complex moved into her soul at that moment, and that it, not pathology, was what took her breath away."

--Elizabeth Berg
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