Saturday, December 22, 2007

Yesterday, I found out that I have received IRB approval to start my research. I am so happy about that. Last night, Nina and I set out to LAX so I can catch my 10:00 flight to FL to spend the holidays with Sean's family and my mom. We left Burbank at 7:00 to miss rush hour traffic. We made it to the 105 in 20 minutes. We didn't get to LAX until 9:30. I called Delta from the car to find out what to do if I miss my plane they said that I would not make my plane, but I could pay $75.00 and make alternate arrangements. I get to the airport with my messenger bag purse and am taken to a courtesy phone. While on the phone I find out because I checked in online I have to try to make the flight or it is $645.00 to get on a new flight. I don't have that sort of money so I look at Nina and say I have to try to make the flight. I show my boarding pass to the TSA agent who sends me up the first class elevator. On the second level,I meet a nice Australian man from Sydney who smuggles me over to the executive check in area. I run to my gate and make it to the gate where they are boarding zones 1-4. I was in zone 7, so I made my flight. I called my mom when I landed to try and get some clothes. She came with some underwear and tops. Mrs. Nixon found me some toiletries and I have already done a CVS run. Nina is going to try to mail me my carry-on. It has been an interesting start to the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My IRB modifications have been turned into the Office of Campus Research, and I have confirmed that they were received. I know hope to hear by the end of the semester if I can start research.
Here is the second meme that Jen tagged me for. This one is all about Christmas.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both, last year we had bags for a good reason, but I also like wrapping presents. I'm no where as good at it as my mom is though.

2. Real or fake tree?
I also don't put up a tree in my tiny apartment where I live alone, but I prefer fake trees because they aren't as messy.

3. When do you put up the tree?
I don't, but when I lived at home it was either after Thanksgiving or early December.

4. When do you take the tree down?
December 26th but it will probably be after Epiphany once Sean and I are married.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I love it especially Silknog.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I never get excited about presents, but the only year that I ever woke up mom about stockings was when I was seven and received knitting needles.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, my advent wreath was more important to me to buy.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Everyone, probably Sean's family

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Jen or Nina

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A purse from H&M, it was the only thing I opened that year.

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Small One by Disney, as a child I loved Mickey's Christmas Carol and when I bought the DVD Small One was on it. It quickly became my all time favorite.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
All year

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Mema's Christmas Cookies

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I travel for every Christmas. I'm looking forward to Sean and my first Christmas together.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Angel, but we had to have a star on the tree for way to many years.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The commercialization

23. What I love most about Christmas?
Church services (I love Advent) and being with family.

Currently on TV: Nothing at work

Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm waiting for one more translated document to turn in my IRB mod. Jen has tagged me on two memes, so I can write one of them to keep me from obsessively checking my e-mail for the missing document.
My currently reading list:

Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
Greenwich by Susan Cooper
A Diary in the Strictest Sense of the Word by Malinowski
World War Z by Max Brooks

Total number of books in my library:
I have no idea, a lot.

Last book finished:
Angelmonster, a fictional account of Mary Shelly's life with Percy that I don't recommend

Last book bought:
Crystal Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

5 Meaningful books:
The Anne books
The Bible
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
Our Mutual Friend by Dickens

5 Favorite Books (in addition to the ones above obviously):
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskel
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskel
The Padington Bear stories
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
I tag anyone who wants to answer this one.

Currently on TV: Nothing