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Non-Fiction
Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing; Lee Server
Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity; Elaine Pagels and Karen L. King [Audiobook]
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family; Martha Raddatz [Audiobook]
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation; Lynne Truss
Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World; Margaret MacMillan [Audiobook]
Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement; John Brockman (ed)
Death By Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries; Neil de Grasse Tyson [Audiobook]
Don't Know Much About Mythology; Kenneth C. Davis [Audiobook]
The Places In Between; Rory Stewart [Audiobook]

Fiction
Call of the Wild; Jack London [Audiobook]
Because of Winn-Dixie; Kate DiCamillo [Audiobook]
Anne of Windy Poplars; L.M. Montgomery
The Last Hero; Terry Pratchett
Mrs. Dalloway; Virginia Woolf [Audiobook]
The Fountainhead; Ayn Rand [Audiobook]
The Last Camel Died at Noon; Elizabeth Peters [Audiobook]
Abide With Me; Elizabeth Strout
The Keep; Jennifer Egan [Audiobook]
100 Cupboards; N.D. Wilson [Audiobook]
The Hostile Hospital; lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
The Eyre Affair; Jasper Fforde [Audiobook]
The Blind Assassin; Margaret Atwood [Audiobook]
The Fourth Bear; Jasper Fforde [Audiobook]
This Body The Earth; Paul Green
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I'm all for women in government, and I dig the sexy librarian look, but anybody who picks names like that for their children deserves to be shot.
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In terms of my running, Hood to Coast was a disaster. But I did it! And my team was certifiably awesome. It was a good time, much fun had by all. Except the dog, who wasn't allowed to come along on any of the running or the after party. Poor pup.

In other news, I have gotten the worst, most time-intensive (twice as much time as anyone else) TA position two semesters in a row. I'm a little peeved about that. If I have to TA Invert Zoo again in the spring, I am going to throw an unholy fit. This fall I'll be TA'ing Marine Molecular Biology, with the intent that I might learn a few techniques that will help me out in the winter quarter, when I start my genetics work. Too bad MMB doesn't actually involve any genetics.

More fun times were had camping in northern California with J, on a mad snail collecting trip/whirlwind tour of the coast, Coos Bay to Fort Bragg. I love the Lost Coast area most of all. I find myself continually blown away by how beautiful it is there, and I convince myself that's where I want to live. Then I get home and realize that I already live in one of the most beautiful places in the world- in fact, it's much like the Lost Coast, only with internet. So...

... speaking of staying put in beautiful Coos County, I'm thinking about applying for a grant to fund me for a postdoc that would keep me here at OIMB. I'm not sure I want to stay in Coos Bay, but the work would be great and perhaps give me the chance to get a step up that I'm not going to get from my completed thesis. I still have to talk to my committee, as it is probably a bit premature for me to be thinking about postdocs. But if you're going to write your own postdoc grant, it's a long process and I don't want to be up shit creek when I finish. Our program has a bit of a history of pumping out graduate students a bit unprepared, like the babies of a teenage welfare crack whore. I'd prefer to not get stuck in that trap if I can avoid it.

Off to bed with me. Tomorrow is a big day of statistics, meetings, and image analysis and I'd hate to miss it.
I feel:
moody moody
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Non-Fiction
Prairie Keepers: Secrets of the Grasslands; Marcy Houle
The Old Way: A Story of the First People; Elizabeth Marshall Thomas [Audiobook]
Infidel: Ayaan Hirsi Ali [Audiobook]
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash; Sylvia Nassar [Audiobook]
Grace, Eventually: Thoughts on Faith; Anne Lamott [Audiobook]
The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery; D.T. Max [Audiobook]
The Conscience of a Liberal: Reclaiming the Compassionate Agenda; Paul David Wellstone
On Liberty; John Stuart Mill [Audiobook]
Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present ; Michael B. Oren [Audiobook]

Fiction
The Shadow in the North; Phillip Pullman [Audiobook]
The Futurist; James P. Othmer [Audiobook]
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident; Eoin Colfer [Audiobook]
The Mummy Case; Elizabeth Peters [Audiobook]
Boomsday; Christopher Buckley [Audiobook]
The Miserable Mill; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
The Emperor's Children; Claire Messud [Audiobook]
War of the Worlds; H.G. Wells [Audiobook]
Lion in the Valley; Elizabeth Peters [Audiobook]
The Last Continent; Terry Pratchett
The Tiger in the Well; Phillip Pullman [Audiobook]
The Austere Academy; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
The Ersatz Elevator; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
A Fine Balance; Rohinton Minstry [Audiobook]
The Red Tent; Anita Diamant [Audiobook]
Deeds of the Disturber; Elizabeth Peters [Audiobook]
The People's Act of Love; James Meek
The Big Over-Easy: A Nursery Crime; Jasper Fforde [Audiobook]
The Eternity Code; Eoin Colfer [Audiobook]
The Vile Village; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
I'm listening to:
Take Take Take- White Stripes
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I never feel as lonely as I do at a party?
I feel:
lonely lonely
I'm listening to:
On The Face Of It- The Evens
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I pulled a muscle in my neck, which has more or less kept me immobilized in bed for the bulk of today. I am very bored. I think I've probably burned fewer calories today than most any other day in the past several years (unless being in pain burns calories, but I don't think so). Rarely have I spent so many consecutive hours in bed.
Even reading was a bit of a stretch, since the pain is all the way into my shoulders and holding up the book turned out to be painful. I realized that listening to audiobooks while doing nothing else (driving, working, walking the dog, etc) is insanely dull and I can't do it. It's only been in the past few hours I've been able to sit at the computer for more than a minute or two.
I hope I'm all healed by tomorrow, or I am going to go crazy.
Apparently I'm not someone who is very self-reflective and I have a severe aversion to being left alone with my own thoughts.
And how the hell am I going to get to sleep tonight after spending all day in bed?????
I feel:
bored bored
I'm listening to:
Death Cab for Cutie- Heart is an Empty Room
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I'm not sure if it's rewarding or depressing to drive 4 hours (round trip) to my field site, complete my field work, grab a quick breakfast at the local coffee shop, and when I stop by my house for clean clothes before heading into the lab, my roommates aren't even awake yet.

And now I have to finish reading one of Paul Dayton's monstrous monographs, a paper I've been about halfway through for about 2 weeks. Despite all of the hero worship he gets from (soon to be former) student(s) at OIMB and many other people in the field, I just don't see what all the hype is about and I find much of his work to be terminally boring.
And there's that part about him being a total dick to my labmates and I during his last visit, and much as I try to not associate personalities and science, that doesn't predispose me to like his work much.

I am so tired and seem to be perpetually running on empty.

I feel:
exhausted exhausted
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And another note about the new roommate: before she moved in, she asked if it would be okay if she brought her boyfriend down with her for a couple of days, to help her move in. I said, obviously, no big deal, since my boyfriend and the third roommate's boyfriend are long-distance as well and generally stay a few days at a time.
To date, her boyfriend has been living with us for two weeks. I have probably exchanged ten words with him this entire time, since he hides in her room when she's away. He seems like a nice enough person, but two petty things are really annoying me about him.
1) He plays too rough with my dog. Selkie is an overly energetic dog and doesn't know when to quit, but last week when he was wrestling with her she was limping for days afterwards. I certainly don't mean to imply that he's intentionally hurting my dog (if that were the case, obviously he would have been kicked out of the house immediately), just that he doesn't understand her limits.
2) He seems to be incapable of reading the instructions for the recycling. They're pretty standard- no lids, no plastic tubs, no envelopes with plastic windows, etc. But every few days I'm having to sort through all the recycling to pick out stuff he's thrown in.

I know that these things are not, even when taken together, a big deal. But paired with the fact that she's got what I find to be disgusting fridge habits and pet crickets (loud enough to hear downstairs, but not in my room, thank goodness)- and did I mention she failed my class?- and me being at the end of my rope, I'm finding it hard not to say anything.

Okay, I'm done. Now I'm really going to bed.
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I swear, as soon as I get my life a little bit more together, I'll make a more interesting post.

In other news, my newest roommate (an undergraduate who failed my class and my labmate's class last quarter: awkward!) is cooking something with a ton of garlic at ten at night. Because my room is upstairs, my room is inundated with the smell. It's a bit overwhelming.

Anyway, I have to get up at 5 AM and 2AM the next two mornings, respectively, so I'm heading to bed.

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Non-Fiction
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy; Barbara Ehrenreich [Audiobook]
Uncommon Carriers; John McPhee [Audiobook]
The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter; Peter Singer and Jim Mason
Chew on This: Everything you Don't Want to Know About Food; Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson
Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History; John Patrick Diggins [Audiobook]
Einstein: His Life and Universe; Walter Isaacson [Audiobook]
The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?; Leslie Bennetts [Audiobook]
The Kabal Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil; Deborah Rodriguez [Audiobook]
What Paul Meant; Garry Wills [Audiobook]
Red Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park; Marie Winn
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly; Anthony Bourdain

Fiction
Nobody's Angel; Thomas McGuane
Anne of Avonlea; L.M. Montgomery [Audiobook]
Native Son; Richard A. Wright [Audiobook]
You Suck; Christopher Moore [Audiobook]
Ulysses; James Joyce [Audiobook]
Eric; Terry Pratchett [Audiobook]
We Need to Talk About Kevin; Lionel Shriver [Audiobook]
Against the Day; Thomas Pynchon [Audiobook]
Ruby in the Smoke; Phillip Pullman [Audiobook]
Ragtime; E.L. Doctorow
Charlotte's Web; E.B. White [Audiobook]
The Bad Beginning; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
The Foreign Correspondent; Alan Furst [Audiobook]
Lost and Found; Carolyn Parkhurst [Audiobook]
In the Country of Men; Hisham Matar [Audiobook]
The Dragon Prince; Melanie Rawn
Three to Get Deadly; Janet Evanovitch [Audiobook]
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts; Amos Tutuola
The Reptile Room; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
Artemis Fowl; Eoin Colfer [Audiobook]
One Good Turn; Kate Atkinson [Audiobook]
Frankenstein; Mary W. Shelly [Audiobook]
Winnie the Pooh; A.A. Milne [Audiobook]
Anne of the Island; L.M. Montgomery [Audiobook]
House at Pooh Corner; A.A. Milne [Audiobook]
The Guy Not Taken: Stories; Jennifer Weiner [Audiobook]
Interesting Times; Terry Pratchett [Audiobook]
The Awakening; Kate Chopin [Audiobook]
Curse of the Pharaohs; Elizabeth Peters [Audiobook]
Ethan Frome; Edith Wharton [Audiobook]
Four to Score; Janet Evanovitch [Audiobook]
The Wide Windown; Lemony Snicket [Audiobook]
Love to Water My Soul; Jane Kirkpatrick
Virgin Suicides; Jeffery Eugenides [Audiobook]
Lolita; Vladimir Nabakov [Audiobook]
Palm-Wine Drinkard; Amos Tutuola
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