for what it's worth, this no sleep thing is working.

100%, suck it bitches!!

18 (1 or 2 part) short-answer questions, answer as many as possible in 80 minutes, best five will be graded.

i have decent grades but i haven't had a 100% on anything in a long time!  nice to know all the caffeinating stressing studying wasn't for naught!

i leave you with a song...
is it inappropriate to listen to on repeat for hours?  maybe.  most likely.
but i can't help it!  it's so good!

i love how he says "nobody flinch" in the middle of the song.
and i particularly like the ending lines... "i carry your image, your grandfather's coffin, and ed if you hear me, i think of you often"

yes, i'm going through another la dispute obsession phase, deal with it.
thank you and good night.


i thought taking bacterial genetics was going to be too hard.
it's turning out to be my favorite class of the semester!!
i actually learn things and understand them!

i thought virology would be a fun, mind blowing class!
so far... the teacher is great! but the material is really technical and its hard to digest.
also in the lab, we haven't (and maybe won't) work with viruses.  we are doing tissue culture and transfections... stuff i did before in cell bio.

i wanted to search my ipod to see if a certain song is in my top 200 played songs (i have a genius playlist) but my ipod for some reason decided to delete all my playlists!  in all the years i've had an ipod i've never had it crap out like that and i'm really surprised!  i guess i didn't notice for several days because i've just been listening to la dispute all the time...

i thought i could eat breakfast (lasagna leftovers and coffee!) and still make the bus on time...
but i didn't...

so i biked to UH.

i thought i made out of that last crash ok.
but my friend pointed out what i thought was the paint coming off the frame was actually a crack!
nooooooo... what am i going to do?!  i love my bicycle!  :(

i thought NCIS LA was going to be a lame cop show.  but at work the other day i saw an episode on my coffee break where they referred to something that happened earlier.  so i got home and looked it up... and realized they have a pretty cool season-long story arc (interspersed with stand alone episodes).  now i am hooked!  i am trying to catch up on 5 seasons (24 episodes each).  trying to watch in between classes if i can catch wifi in campus center or where ever.  they are like the hawaii five-o of california; not exactly secret service but way more authority than LAPD.

i thought i would be working on monoclonals this semester at the research lab.  but it seems that i can't escape the call of the campy.  we have some gfp campy strains that we will be testing via flow cytometer as an accompanyment to the invasion assays.  maybe asm 2015 in our future?  i want to go to new orleans!

so that's what's up since the last blog.
now off to get my three hours of sleep for today...


i haven't been swimming in a while.  this friday5 makes me nostalgic. :_)
i used to spend a lot of time at manoa valley pool and district park.
answer for yourself or see others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=1071

  1. Where and how did you learn to swim?
    i was introduced to swimming at central or nuuanu YMCA.
    BUT i had my most formidable training at manoa pool.  maybe... 6 years of swim and water polo and jr lifeguard?  seems like another life time ago...
    i really like the gigantic clock on the wall there, i've always wanted one like it. (random)

    me and @LINDSYAEKO at manoa pool
  2. How far away is the nearest swimmable body of fresh water, and how’s the swimming there?
    MICROBIOLOGIST DOES NOT APPROVE OF SWIMMING IN FRESH WATER.  you know hawaii has the highest amount of leptospirosis cases in the nation?  50% of leptospirosis is from hawaii.  JUST. DON'T.
    i prefer the ocean.

    leptospirosis facts: http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/health_care_workers/
  3. How long has it been since you’ve been for a swim?
    maybe three months?!  too long!

  4. What’s the nearest community swimming pool like?
    hello booth pool!  you are tiny but close to my house.  also there is no diving. :(  i like diving. hard to find pools that are deep enough and allows it. 

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  5. What experience do you have with jumping off stuff and into water?
    i can dive from the pool deck.  and i can do flips from the deck.
    i've never been on a diving board. (where can i find one i am dying to try!!)
    and once i had to jump off the lifeguard tower into the pool at manoa for practice. i think that's the highest i've jumped from. 


only the second week of school and i'm already looooosing my marbles.
like, three hours of sleep per day and one of those hours is on the bus. 
but... you live the life you want, right?  just have to get through 3 months.  no problem. just three. tiny months.  makes you appreciate the weekends more. 
at least classes are interesting.  virology!  and genetics!  and ancient myths! (yes, still finishing up those general education requirements...)  next week i'm holding a crash course in microbiology for the new crop of researchers at kcc.  yey bacteria!

on the bus i listen to this a lot recently: 

the album color matches the friday5 theme, no?


this weekend i was
toe touching


yes, a vampire

the artist

the linguist

the teacher

PYHI fly girls!

(photos by http://jeffcoxphotography.smugmug.com see his roller girls and cyclo cross photos too)




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