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And The Meme Goes On . . .

Yes, I AM procrastinating, thank you very much. I have about half an hour before an important meeting, and I need the stress relief, so stolen from courtesy of kellychambliss  and cranky__crocus  :


Last Alcoholic Drink: Bailey's in my hot chocolate 2 nights ago.
Last Car Ride: I drove to work this morning.
Last Kiss: Last night, just before I fell asleep.
Last Good Cry: I tear up a lot, but it's been awhile since I had a really good sob, so I'm not sure.
Last Library Book: One of the Redwall series for Miss M
Last Book Bought: For myself, for pleasure, How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu - bloody gorgeous it was, too.  The actual last book I bought was a birthday gift for one of MIss M's friends, The Manga Artist's Workbook by Christopher Hart.
Last Book Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, a sensitive biography of the woman whose cells (known as HeLa) have provided the foundation on which a lot of modern molecular biology and cell biology rests.
Last Movie Seen in Theatres: Tangled.  I don't get to see too many things rated above PG13 in the theatres these days.  ::g::
Last Movie Rented: Up in the Air.  It was very good, and had George Clooney in it.  Shirtless.  But it wasn't good just because of that.  Honest! 
Last Swear Word Uttered:  'Hell and blast and damn!', as I tripped over boots on my way out the door this morning.
Last Beverage Drunk: The extremely strong Scottish Breakfast tea I am consuming now.
Last Food Consumed: Oatmeal with blueberries (Ye canna be a Scot if ye dinna et teh porridge).
Last Crush: Benedict Cumberbatch, if we're talking real people.  Yowza.  What that impish smile does to his face makes me giddy.
Last Phone Call: Last night to my girl to tell her I was going to be late coming home from work.
Last TV Show Watched: Does having Nova on in the background whilst chatting with lash_larue  about my latest insanity and belly rubbing my elder cat count?  If so, last night.  Oh, you mean I actually had to be watching it?  Um . . . .
Last Time Showered: This morning.
Last Shoes Worn:  To quote Kelly: 'These hideous black suede clodhoppers that are good in snow.'  We may have the same shoes.
Last Song Played: Wait a minute while I check my ipod - Come On Get Higher by Matt Nathanson.
Last Item Bought: The tea I'm drinking, bought a new box on my way in this morning.
Last Download: Software update for my MacBook Pro.
Last Annoyance: The above-mentioned boots (Miss M!!!!!)
Last Disappointment: The last *big* disappointment was the failure of my NSF grant renewal. 
Last Soda Drank: Can't remember - as a rule I don't drink the stuff.
Last Thing Written: This meme, of course, but if we're talking anything substantial, it was the outline of how I'm going to fit a potential collaboration into my NIH grant proposal.
Last Key Used: The key to my office.
Last Words Spoken: 'Good Morning' to the guy who replaces the dead fluorescent bulbs in our building. 
Last Sleep: Last night, and it wasn't long enough.
Last Ice Cream Eaten: Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip - the *ultimate* in ice creams (and every bite was duly savored :-D).
Last Chair Sat In: The chair at my desk, which I am occupying now.
Last Webpage Visited: The research institute's intranet page to order something for the lab.


And there you have it.  Ye gods, I'm boring.  Oh well.  Off to my meeting - wish me luck.  If I can pry some money out of the department, I might be able to keep doing science for a little while after all.

Comments

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therealsnape
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
I hope the meeting went well! And that disappointment was a real one. Puts our whinging to shame.

Also, your swearing is the most creative of the flist. Miss M. certainly is a source of inspiration.
albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
Meeting was a mixed bag. I'll fill everyone in later. And yes, Miss M can inspire all kinds of creative vocabulary. :-D
cranky__crocus
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
I love your icon!

Glad we are Baileys buddies. :D I tear often too; nice to know I have a misty-eyed buddy as well. (:

I want to pick up a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I've wanted to look more into her and her background since I learned of her last year or the year before.

'Hell and blast and damn' may be one of the most adorable phrases I have ever heard. Regardless, I'm sorry to hear about your trip!

I've decided that, compared to my flist, I do not sample enough ice cream.

You are not boring! Good luck with the meeting; or, I hope it went well, if it has already finished. :D Oh, science and funding... *Sigh.*
albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Glad we are Baileys buddies. :D I tear often too; nice to know I have a misty-eyed buddy as well. (: If you like Nutella, too, we may be soul sisters! ::g::

Check your college library - I'm guessing there will be at least one copy, and it's definitely worth reading. As someone who uses HeLa cells as a source of human RNA Polymerase II and its associated factors, chromatin and histones, it was a read which made me think. It is unusual to know anything about the sources of the human biological material scientists use, and getting to know Mrs. Lacks and her family through this book was important to do, but it was a very interesting read on its own.

I've decided that, compared to my flist, I do not sample enough ice cream. Well, get busy! :-D So much ice cream, so little time . . . .
cranky__crocus
Jan. 31st, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
I don't like Nutella. ...I love Nutella! Soul sistaaah! (; *Giggles.*

I will have to give my college library a look. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll get a chance to read through it in a long while; I haven't been able to do much pleasure reading at all lately. It's sad! I can see how it would touch you to know anything about the source of your human bio material.

Teehee. I will try to get busy on that ice-cream plan...
dickgloucester
Jan. 27th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I had porridge for lunch. I know - odd; but I was cold. I stirred some Bramley apple puree into it and had a side helping of fruit salad (mango, orange, pineapple). I'm not sure the combination worked, but my stomach was happy.
albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
I have been known to eat it for dinner when I'm too harried to cook. Can't go wrong with it when you need something filling and good for you. :-)
kellychambliss
Jan. 28th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, you're boring, Ms. Bailey's-imbiber/raspberry chip ice cream-eater/scientist/singer/writer/super-strong tea-lover/Miss-M-producer! We all should be so boring /g/.

I read a few reviews of the HeLa book and have meant to get hold of it. I love to read history of science, even though if you were to put me anywhere near a lab or a real science class, everyone would soon be echoing Minerva in my icon. But I remember being so enthralled by Richard Rhodes' Making of the Atomic Bomb that I hauled the massive thing with me on a plane to the U of Wisconsin once. He really has a knack for writing clearly to lay people; he actually gave me a few fleeing seconds of thinking I understood some of the (very, very basic) principles of the atomic theory.
albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, you're boring, Ms. Bailey's-imbiber/raspberry chip ice cream-eater/scientist/singer/writer/super-strong tea-lover/Miss-M-producer! We all should be so boring /g/.

I don't mean to make you think I'm not grateful for my life - I don't mind being boring. I just wasn't sure any of you would find driving back and forth to work, oatmeal eating and books about scientific subjects anything but snooze worthy. :-)

If you liked Making of the Atomic Bomb, you might enjoy Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman, a memoir by the late Cal Tech physics professor and one of the original Manhattan Project scientists. It's a hoot. I think you would like the Henrietta Lacks biography. It's well balanced and for me, as someone who has used these cells since almost the beginning of my scientific career, thought-provoking.

if you were to put me anywhere near a lab or a real science class, everyone would soon be echoing Minerva in my icon As if you could be mediocre at anything. You are intelligent, thoughtful and attentive to detail - that's half the battle right there. And there's nothing in my lab you could blow up, Neville. ::g::
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albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! ::g:: The only thing is, sometimes the disguise isn't very good! ::g::

Let's trade swear words . . . if I say them in German, no one will know I'm being rude. XD

I never heard of Henrietta Lacks. Not many had outside of the scientific community. Even those who had, like me, really didn't know much beyond her name. But, the book isn't just a biography, but also a meditation on the responsible use of human specimens in biomedical research, and was very thought-provoking.
dreamy_dragon73
Jan. 29th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hello,

I just read your story on Severus Big Bang and adored it, and we've run across each other on comms and on friends' ljs, so I hope it's OK to friend you.
albalark
Jan. 31st, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Of course it's OK - welcome aboard! :-)

I'm glad you liked the story. I don't write all that much - that's only the 4th thing I've let out for other people to see, so it's very gratifying that you liked it. Thank you!
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