heathershaped: (TVD: Bonnie Elena)
+ I've had a pretty uneventful, but good, week. Work-wise, I got myself over the limit of vacation hours that I can hold without using them, so I took of Tuesday, yesterday, half of Wednesday and half of today to use them up. And unless I take another week straight off (not really feasible at the moment given the projects I have going), I'm going to have six vacation hours to kill every two weeks until I get back under my limit. Which is ... nice, really. Kind of wish I had somewhere to go and some cash to go there with, but you know, it's good to have the time to take and get things done. Also, yesterday was GORGEOUS and I didn't spend a minute of it at work so yay for that.

+ ALSO I'm getting my tax money back ridiculously fast considering when I filed, which is ACES. It's not vacation money, but I at least have some change to jingle around, a little to save, buy some toys and clothes, and just breathe a little bit.

+ Alice in Wonderland this weekend, FINALLY.

+ Being a grown-up sucks but we have been over this.

Linky links. Most are Telephone-ish but:

+ rec: Kinda Busy by [livejournal.com profile] yeats. Lady Gaga/Beyonce, R, Telephone verse. Yes, it is a verse. YULETIDE YAY.

+ related rec: [personal profile] bossymarmalade's post about Feministe's failtastic article on Telephone. What is with the pedantic posts I've been seeing about this video on most feminist blogs? It's got some problems for sure, and might not be everyone's cuppa, but there's an undercurrent of resentment in feminist critiques especially, IDK. And in their haste to tear it down they're bringing fail in other areas. The Feministe article's particularly bad though.

+ related related rec: Heather Cassils, Gaga's prison-partner in Telephone, gives good interview.

+ UNrelated rec: Lass's Genderswapped Supernatural Dream recasting. Complete with teenyfic interspersed throughout. Man oh man.


Nov. 25th, 2009 01:18 pm
heathershaped: (P&P: Keira)
Good news: We get to leave work 3 hours early. *\o/*

Bad news: It wasn't announced until I had started my experiment. I'll be lucky to leave an hour early.

Things could be worse, though.

Hope all of you who are traveling have a safe trip! I'm going down for dinner with the fam. My only contribution will be wine, and probably helping to finish with the cooking. If I don't get to post tomorrow, Happy Thanksgiving. ♥


Jun. 9th, 2009 04:09 pm
heathershaped: (Dexter: suprise mofo)
There is heavy, heavy rain falling outside, and hail.


It's admittedly cool-looking, but we don't get hail here, generally. And we don't get clouds that look like they do right now.

I generally think storms are pretty when one isn't driving in them but this one's getting worse and it's a little scary.

I get off in 40 minutes or so, usually t-storms don't last much longer than that. Hopefully.

Meep. I recognise that it's probably not that bad and will be over soon, but it's rare here all the same. :/

heathershaped: (SV: chloe eyeroll)
Dear New Person Who Has Transferred To Our Building,

You seem like a perfectly nice, well-intentioned woman. Really. But you work on a campus with people who hail from all over the world, from Mongolia to India to Nigeria to Greece. Additionally, you look old enough not to be new to this field, and for pete's sake, you're a scientist. So, when you introduce yourself to me and I tell you my name, and you express your relief at finally meeting someone with a normal, easy-to-pronounce name, I hope you'll understand why the smile drops rather comically off my face. Please understand that saying stuff like that aloud doesn't exactly reflect well on you, nor is it funny just because you are talking to another American with a western name.

Also? 'Hong' or 'Raj'? No less difficult to pronounce than Heather. Try it! You'll see.

With exasperation,


p.s. Nice to meet you, too.
heathershaped: (ASH)
Random things wot make me to smile:

+ The fact that I just finished giving a presentation at work and it is now behind me. Whew. I only have to do it like twice a year, but meeep.

+ Star Trek stills. I am the shallowest of shallow fans, because I never really watched Star Trek beyond a handful of the original eps, TNG, and a bit of Voyager. But I am still so very psyched for this movie. So much pretty.

+ Dev and Frieda. D'awwww.

+ The fact that I just downloaded a pdf file of an article for work and read it on my iphone, wtf I love technology.

+ this post by [livejournal.com profile] setissma on women and how society teaches us that it's cute and feminine not to be able to do simple math. (um, no, it's not; we are every bit as capable of it as men.) Definitely worth a read. (hat tip to [personal profile] glass_icarus for pointing to it.)

+ You guys make me to smile, too. ♥ I hope everyone has a great Friday.


Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:02 am
heathershaped: (Ugh)
My job didn't close or even delay.

I always feel like the biggest putz, waking up when it snows and pouncing on the phone to call the inclement weather line so they can be all "LOLz, sucker. See you at 8:30."

*looks out the window and sighs* I don't think I'm going to go in. It's 32 miles one way, and they'll end up letting us go early anyway.


Jan. 27th, 2009 08:20 am
heathershaped: (Firefly: Jayne)
* I'm taking a snow day today. It's not too bad out there now, but it's supposed to get worse later and I don't fancy being stuck at work. Meh. They used to close the base where I work for inclement weather, or at least delay, but now they rarely ever do, since the person who makes those decisions now is from somewhere a lot snowier than here. But at least I can do some housework and writing. Emphasis on writing.

* Started class yesterday. Not much to report on that front yet. It seems okay so far.

* I watched the first episode of Being Human yesterday, and I really like it. I tried the pilot that came out a few months ago, and while it was alright, I wasn't exactly riveted. They changed out two of the main cast, for the better, I think, because the girl they had playing the ghost really got on my nerves before and I like the new actress much better. They kept Russell Tovey though, from The History Boys? He is the most adorable thing ever and I love his character. I'll definitely keep watching, unlike Demons, which I tried and couldn't quite stand. :P

That's it for now, I think. *hugs*


Nov. 11th, 2008 09:22 am
heathershaped: (HP: head-wardrobe)
So I'm off work today. Veteran's Day, yay.

... I totally drove all the way to work before I remembered.

Yeah. I'm awesome.

*shakes head*

On that note, hi to the new friends I've made the past couple days! *waves*

Feel free to add me on InsaneJournal, Twitter, and/or Shelfari. And I think that's it.

More later.

heathershaped: (LJ in soviet russia)
So, what to talk about ... how about random shit? I'm good at that. :D

** Well, about five minutes ago, I checked my userinfo and found that it's different; kind of a lot. Interesting. I'm not altogether sure I like it, but I'm sure it's just a matter of getting used to it. What do you all think? It's a bit smoother-looking, which isn't bad.

** I did read something in news about LJ possibly introducing some kind of a la carte option for buying userpic space. Does this mean I can get a whole hell of a lot of icons? We'll see. I'll keep you posted, because when and if there is more icon space, that is definitely reason for me to squee about it here.

** I'm kind of obsessed with Bloc Party's latest album, Intimacy. Can't stop listening to it. Not as good as their first album, and I don't love every song, but I still like how romantic and sort of vulnerable they sound even when they're uptempo and frenetic.

** So my company just renewed their contract with the NIH and did this big celebration staff party thing today off campus. Free food = good. There was also free alcohol, and for some reason it felt weird drinking in front of my boss. :P I only had a few sips. I think it's an age thing; my last boss was closer to my age (he was 27; I was 22), and he'd take us for happy hour sometimes, and I never felt odd.

** My coworker just got himself a brand-new iPhone, and let me tell you, that shit is shiny. *whines* I really, really want one. But even if I had an extra $200 lying around for the phone itself, the plan is just too expensive for me and I don't like that I'd have to switch to AT&T. On top of the voice plan, you have to shell out an extra $30 a month for the data transfer plan if you want to get online at all. At least according to him. It's kind of ridiculous, and I have a new car payment. So that's that. :P

** That'll do it for now, I guess. Hope everyone's good!
heathershaped: (Gaspard)
*** Can I stick to something for thirty days?

We shall see.

National Blog Posting Month starts today. I'm doing it in place of National Novel Writing Month, because I'm a bit too big of a wuss to attempt to write 50,000 words of original fiction in a month. Baby steps, right?

Where to start? Well, I posted an Alphabet Meme while back (there are still some letters that need a topic so go give me more things to talk about). As good a place to start as any. (eta: fixed the link. *facepalm*)

[livejournal.com profile] the_rainbow_jen suggested that I talk about Work:

Not a whole lot to talk about, I reckon. I'm a research associate for a company that's under contract with the NIH (National Cancer Institute division). Basically they contract some of the legwork of their research out to us, and at the same time we get to fund some of the projects that we want to do ourselves. We're at an NCI campus in Maryland that's part of a huge U.S. Army base. The actual Army side of the base does biodefense work and research into some of the nastier infectious diseases, and on the NCI side, we study just about everything.

For my part, I'm studying non-infectious mutants of HIV virus, trying characterize them and find out where their defects are when compared to an infectious strain. Most of what we learn about viruses (and most things, really) comes from studying them when they're not working, and going backward from there. I've been working on the project for the last year and a half, so it gets tedious sometimes, but ultimately I want to be able to publish what I find in a virology journal. I've a ways to go before I'm there, though.

Exciting, huh? XP


*** Hope you're all having a great weekend. ♥ I've spent my Saturday going to get tag and title stuff done on my car, then coming home and being generally lazy. Tomorrow, it's GOTV and RPing.


Feb. 15th, 2007 10:15 am
heathershaped: (Grey's this blows)

What a morning.

I hope you all are having a good day. You guys get to work/school alright?


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