Tuesday, October 10, 2006
I read an article the other day that says that Columbus is the most expensive real estate market in Ohio. There's hope for finding a nice house for under $200,000. Where do these people work that they can afford mortgages of a bazillion dollars a month?!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Bold the ones you've done...try it it's fun! I even rhyme.
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
Monday, July 17, 2006
I think that if you are a somewhat intelligent person, and you follow the news, and you have it in your character to have opinions about topics that concern us humans, then you have an opinion about a particular issue that really hits home for you, one that you're passionate about, at least in the debate setting, be it with friends or family only. For me that is...research, in this particular rant, embryonic stem cell research.
Although I have no excuse to bitch about it, because I cast my republican vote in the last two presidential elections (don't hate people, I obviously was misled and not thinking clearly) our dear dear el presidente, Bush-o is set to vito a stem cell research funding bill. If you remember correctly when he first came into office, he passed a bill that only the 78 stem cell lines currently in use, could be and stay in use. Well...that turned out to be even less, because through trial and error, some ding dong figure out that if you feed the stem cells with mouse proteins, they will turn into MOUSE cells, but anyways, now the debate is risen again and we have the age old question, is it a life or isn't it?
I don't think that the people arguing in this debate are really seeing the true issue here. As the Rock used to say, "IT DOESN'T MATTER"...whether or not it's a life or not. If using that embryo that was going to be destroyed by discarding it ANYWAYS, what is the difference if we use it to CURE diseases. Those cells can be used to fix a lot of stuff. Imagine people being able to live without diabetes and other diseases even worse. I don't even know what all they can fix, but it's a lot of stuff and it's ridiculous to me to have the answer sitting there in front of you and not look at it. I don't think people should "breed" embryonic stem cells, but if they're sitting there gathering petri dish dust, why the fuck not put them to good use? I don't think God would give us the tools to cure and fight disease if he didn't want us to use them. Why should anyone have the right to say what we can and can't do? If using embryonic stem cells for research is wrong, then why is it the politicians business to say whether it's right or not, if it's wrong then the people performing the research will be punished. What if it is wrong, but those researchers save even one life, isn't that the work of god? Saving lives, helping people, caring about fellow man? Guess that's just what I believe.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
|into the "fascinating" person that is me... |
The following are my top 10 personal characteristics according to this website.
1. Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
2. Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
3. Curiosity and interest in the world
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
4. Humor and playfulness
You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.
5. Modesty and humility
You do not seek the spotlight, preferring to let your accomplishments speak for themselves. You do not regard yourself as special, and others recognize and value your modesty.
6. Fairness, equity, and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.
7. Perspective (wisdom)
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
8. Caution, prudence, and discretion
You are a careful person, and your choices are consistently prudent ones. You do not say or do things that you might later regret.
9. Capacity to love and be loved
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you
10. Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a "real" person.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I am afraid of a lot of things, but lately, on the forefront of my mind has been.. TORNADO. I am dealthy afraid of tornados. I never used to have to worry about them, because in Pittsburgh there are so many hills that if one does strike, it's usually not that bad and is limited because of the hilly terrain of the region. There have been a few bad tornados, but for the most part, snow is more of a concern in good ole western PA. In the smack dab middle of Ohio, NOT THE CASE. It is freakin flat here people. I mean, I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles, and well not that many miles, but seriously it's flat. I live nestled close to one of the few hills in the area to make me feel more at home. However, this doesn't lessen the tornado fear. I am afraid of many things associated with tornados, like: what if I am sleeping and don't make it to the basement? What if the cat runs away from me and i can't catch her on the way to the basement? What if I am in my car? What if Shawn is not home and his car is swept away? What if my car is swept away? What if the tornado comes crashing straight through our house? I'm psycho about this stuff, for real yo. I must have been hit by a twister in a past life or something.
Of course, the local weather does not help, broadcasting the radar continuously and calling county and town officials to make sure that nothing has yet happened. A few tornado warnings ago we were at Outback eating, and they had the continuous radar channel on and some guy at the bar went over to it and turned it off. I commented to Shawn that if the tornado struck us and everyone lay dying that i was helping that man LAST.
Hopefully, I can make it through the summer without being blown around like the cow in Twister and if severe weather does strike I'll be tuned in to the local channels just like they want me to be, paranoid as all hell.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
|I feel crappy. I am officially the fattest I have ever been in my life. Fatter than pizza and macaroni and cheese everyday in the dorm fat. Shawn is overweight too and he's started exercising and is going to watch what he eats and I'm sure he'll lose weight. It's not that easy for me and I don't think he understands that. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and although I'm not going to go into what that is, pretty much means that I have a syndrome where my body chemicals are so whacked out that losing weight for me is like hearing FUCK on the radio. It just is against the rules. I have been doing some online research and a lo-carb diet seems to be what is prescribed to people with PCOS. I need to get to the doctor and make sure that this is the right idea, but I already know how to do it so I think I'm going to start up my own diet in the meantime and then when I can get back to the doc, I will make sure what I am doing is correct. Lo-carb dieting is scary but relatively easy for me. I'm not going to turn this into an dieting blog, but I may update once a week with a diet blog. Kinda like the weekend cat blogging thing. Which is cool I might add. Hope the holiday was good for everyone.|
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
|Shopping. Something I love to do but yet, a daunting task for me. I watch What Not to Wear and I wonder if I belong on that show. I am now in my *GULP* mid-twenties, but am I dressing like a mid 20something? I have several issues with buying clothes. |
Here are a few:
I am not skinny. This limits the number of stores in which I can shop at. Interestingly enough, Cincinnati actually has a lot nicer plus size clothes than either Pittsburgh or Columbus.
Taking #1 into consideration, if I measure myself, and follow a standard sizing chart, my waist, hip, and bust measurements are 3 completely different sizes, that are not right next to each other mind you. How am I supposed to shop for pants when my waist and hips are 3 sizes different? This makes catalog/online shopping absolutely useless for me.
Fat people clothes are not cute. If I shop in the misses section I look like an old lady, and if I’m lucky enough to find a junior plus section, I look to young. The women’s section? Forget that, I swim in that stuff. The skinny stores are too small and the fat people stores are too big. I try to shop at Lane Bryant and everything just looks ridiculous. I do not have a 40DDD bust.
I tend to pick out dressier clothing when shopping. Ordinarily this would not be a problem, except that I don’t GO anywhere to wear dressier clothing. I wear scrubs or jeans/t-shirts to work (I work with poop sometimes people), and every where else I might venture is casual.
I am cheap. Well…no I don’t have much money….oh well but I’m still cheap. I can’t spend 40 on a tank top even if I have 40 to spend on a tank top. This makes shopping at the mall difficult. Am I sacrificing quality for quantity?
I bet I’d be a challenge for the What Not to Wear people. I don’t think I want to go on that show though, it wouldn’t even be them making fun of me, I don’t think 5000 is enough to replace your ENTIRE wardrobe like everything I own. Although I feel like I wear the same 3 outfits all the time, so maybe it would be. I hope I don’t completely lose it and be one of those people who still wears close from the decade that they graduated high school in. Ugh.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Wow, what another short-long week. It seems to be going fast but the days drag on and seem like they last around 10 years. I've been having stomach issues this week so it's not been very fun. I wish I could get a tummy transplant. A new smaller one that works good and can eat all the pizza rolls it wants without hurting.
I got some bead and wire making supplies for my birthday from Shawn, so I've been keeping busy making lovely jewelry. I am thinking of eventually setting up an online store for it, but right now I'm just practicing. It's fun. I think I am going to become addicted to beads though. I must...have...new...beads...worse than crack I tell you.
Did you hear about those people in Missouri who were celebrating the 100th anniversary of their Elks lodge building and it collapsed on them. Perhaps they should've celebrated 50 and then built a new building. That's scary shit though, some of the OSU buidlings seem like they could come crashing down at any minute. I'll just have to wait till fall to find out if any are going to give way. I decided to take the summer off and dropped my one class I was taking. I am SO not motivated to go to school, I hope this is a passing phase, and that I haven't hit that point where I'm ready to settle with my MLT and not go any further. If I am, I guess that's just the brakes.
I'm boring these days, I know, nothing much exciting is happening around. I think sometimes that's a good thing.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
|6-21-06: 6something am: Annoying squeak of ironing board. Fall back asleep.|
6-21-06: 8 something am: Annoying bill collector call for people who used to posses our phone number or who are giving out one number off of theirs and it happens to be ours. Fall back asleep.
6-21-06: 9:30am: Another annoying bill collector call. See above. These people must owe money to every company in American and some in India. I finally decide to give up trying to sleep until at least 10 on the day of me.
6-21-06: 9:35am: Darkness. I peer through the mini blinds of my condo because I am too lazy to pick out curtains and death must be near because it looks as if the world is going to end. I hope this is not a forecast of my 25th year of life.
6-21-06: sometime in between 10-11 am: Lightening is striking outside my front door so close that it shakes the entire place. The cat awakes from her nap and looks up at me like: Quit that, I'm trying to nap, are you blind?
6-21-06 11:30 am: I decide to eat cheese fries with bacon bits for lunch because the freezer is too full and I can because it's my birthday.
6-21-06: 1:00pm: Days of Our Lives: Steve and Kayla are back and keep roaming around St Luke's church but never bumping into one another. Steve has amnesia and Kayla thinks he's dead. I love soap operas. Someone is always back from the dead with amnesia. It's great entertainment.
6-21-06: 2:00pm: Nap time. I decide to take a nap because it's gloomy and I can cause it's my birthday.
6-21-06: 4:00pm: Shawn gets home early from work. I get my gift and we decide to go to Senor Antonio's for dinner. Margarita and the world's largest chicken quesadilla. Dude at another table at Senor's pronounced it quesa-dillll a. What a tool.
6-21-06: Later in evening: DQ ice cream cake. YAY! The best stuff on earth.
There's the rundown of yesterday. Aren't you glad i didn't blog? I'm saving the partying for 4th of July weekend. I'm going to commemorate a year of sobriety (I have not been drunk since last July, yes I am pathetic) by getting so wasted. Bring on the rumplemintz baby.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
A. When the price of a compact disc is higher.
2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch?
A. The First magazine from June 5, 2006: DROP 9 lbs this week!!! (if you eat only rice and fruit, yeah right)
3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
A. Mash: The episode where hawkeye sends to chicago for Adam's ribs and forgets to order coleslaw.
4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
A. 7:33 pm
6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
A. Shawn's music playing, um offspring at the moment.
7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
A. I stepped outside this morning to go to work.
8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
A. My cd's and the cat, she was on top of the book
9. What are you wearing?
A. A tee shirt and blue mesh exercise shorts, but i'm not exercising.
10. Did you dream last night?
A. Yes, but I don't remember them..
11. When did you last laugh?
12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
A. Two bulletin boards. One has my kitten calendar, my 93 A history test, spare keys to my car, a free condom's bumper sticker, a ribbon from cinci state that Johanna gave us, the OSU calendar, and my pennsylvania license plate. The other one has stamps and coupons on it.
13. Seen anything weird lately?
A. Shawn is on his computer? lol
14. What do you think of this quiz?
A. More interesting than most.
15. What is the last film or video you saw?
A. I watched almost all of Pirates of the Caribbean.
16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
A. First I’d pay off all of my debt and Shawn's. Then I'd buy us a house, a wedding, and a nice honeymoon, and some new cars, give my mom some, and invest the rest.
17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know.
A. PETA would hate me.
18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
A. I would help those all over in need.
19. Do you like to dance?
A. Only when I'm alone.
20. Comment to George Bush:
A. I once had a boyfriend that almost broke up with me because I voted for you, then he dumped me so I voted for you again in spite, and look what you did. Share some of that oil money with us, and um...don't speak in public anymore...ever.
21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Corrine Rose after my grandmothers
22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Scott Lawrence, maybe?
23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gate?
A. What are your 3 questions? My high school history teacher always used to say that you got three questions when you got to heaven. You could ask anything you want, but it could only be 3 questions.
25. 4 people who must also do this quiz on THEIR blog.
A. Um, well Jen already did it, and although I read a lot of blogs daily, I'm sure that no one will get my tag, so if you see this and you think it's cool, you hereby get a TAG! from me.
Today is the day before, dumb-dumb math begins. Yes, that's right, the day before my brain fully develops I will be embarking on a journey into the nether regions of math. Math for a 9th grader. When it comes to math, I am not the smartest book on the shelf, I'm not quite to the level of pamphlet though either. At any rate, I haven't taken a math course in approx. 5 years, well and finished with a passing grade. It was at this point, that I was faced with taking the Ohio State math placement test. No problem!
Perhaps, I should have brushed up on the algebra before clicking submit on the online test form. I placed as an R. R for RETARD. I am in the next to the lowest math course that they offer, and I bought the book for this wonderous class on Saturday. Upon leafing through it's material, I discovered that I will be learning about: the real number line, adding and subtracting fractions, and exponents. The book doesn't even mention variables until the LAST CHAPTER. Lord have mercy on my mathless soul. Oh gee, I hope I can pass THIS class. I might need to call in The Count for some assistance. One last chance, uh uh uh, two last chances, uh uh uh.
Friday, June 16, 2006
|Mid June in 2006...I hate when there are topics that I can't blog about. I probably could, but with the semi-sensitive nature of my current profession, it bars all speak of the exact issues on my mind. I wish I could share with you all of the ridiculous natures of my current issues. Sheesh, it's going to be interesting folks, very interesting. |
Do they make chill pills? Oh wait that's called Xanax, isn't it...I think I need me some of those for the up coming months.
I guess lots of alcohol will have to suffice. I didn't end up drinking a lot of beer on Wednesday. I had one Bud Light pounder, but I did have an M&M glacier from Ritter's custard, and that did almost the same trick. YAY for Ritters!
This weekend is going to be hot hot hot, like go swimming in random people's pools and hope they didn't pee in them, hot. I hope we can survive without an enormous electric bill. Yikes.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
|Sorry for the lack of updates, I was getting frustrated with blogger, and so I left it be for a week or so to see if it was only me who was bogging down their servers. heh. It must be, because I'm back and they're in action, so here we go. Steelers. Here we go, oh, uh whoops, wait, Ben is in the hospital. I'm glad that he's ok, but for cripes sake, be more careful Ben. Motorcycle drivers in general have to be more careful, because well, motorcycles have less wheels. And um, cars are bigger. It's not very difficult science. We (as in the world, and especially the world close to Pittsburgh) will be hearing about this no matter what, if Ben plays, if he doesn't, if he gets a hangnail infection, etc. On that note I'll turn to a different subject...|
This day SUCKS. Like seriously people, it really freakin sucks. My last week of being 24 and it's gotta be SUCKY. I am going to drink tonight in the hopes that tomorrow will not suck quite as bad. I'm talking beer, and well as much as i can drink in 3 hours of watching Shawn bowl. A LOT OF BEER. They'll probably run out as soon as i get to the window, because that would be just my luck today. Hopefully I'll have more witty things to say tomorrow, after the beer, because after the suck of today, I can barely think at all.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
|Aside note: I have not been neglecting the blog. I have now had 3 blogs on 3 seperate occassions eaten by blogger. As soon as I get some spare change, I am going to look into getting my own domain. Even if no one reads it.|
What's more important to you, a career where you are doing what you love, or a career where you are going to make decent money? I know that money isn't everything and you have to love what you do to force yourself to go to work everyday and put in your 8+ hours for the next 30 years, but at what cost? I am suffering from this huge dilemma.
I am a scientist. Specifically, I love learning/knowing about how the body works, about disease processes, and all of that like. I expecially like the subjects of microbiology and immunology. However, even if I plan on getting my doctorate in one of these fields, I will not make very much money. The problem there in lies with me being lazy and somewhat greedy.
I haven't done school the right way. I started and stopped and messed up so much that I now have been in school for 7 years and I've only got an associates degree, and basically less than half of the requirements I need for a b.s. in microbiology. It will take me at least another 3 years to get my degree because of the university's policy for staff who are students. I just can not justify going anywhere past that for the same amount of money that I make right now. I just can't. However, this leaves me lost, what am I supposed to do with my life? Should I obtain a degree in something that I'm less crazy about just to make more money? Or should I suffer through all of this school, all the while being on a strict budget, just to be on a strict budget with a big framed piece of paper on the wall? I just don't know.
Monday, June 05, 2006
|6/6/06 is tomorrow and some people think it's a sign of the apocalypse. It must be, because the people in Hell are celebrating. Hell, Michagan that is. I think these people are so cool. They are having a big costume party complete with Blood Devil (Bloody Mary's) drinks and a big huge gate into Hell that looks all firey and devilish. They are even selling 1 sq in deeds, so you can own your very own portion of Hell. I wish tomorrow wasn't going to be so Hellish for me, or I'd go to Hell and celebrate 6/6/06 with all the Hellians, watch "The Omen" and listen to some Slayer. How awesome. |
It is fitting that Hell is in Michigan. I'd still rather go to Hell than Cleveland though.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Indonesia! Hello. Get with the freakin program. You may not care if the entire world dies of the bird flu but everyone else does!
All but one of the family members who have caught the bird flu in Indonesia have died, and the dude who is still alive? Yeah, he is refusing to take medicine, and his caretaker is refusing to wear a mask. He is contained in a hut with an open door where chickens and cats lurk outside. He doesn't think he got sick from a bird. The village thinks that evil spirits made the family sick.
HELLO! WHO, I know it's hard to deal with local/state governments who aren't organized, but please, help these people to understand.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
I am officially MySpace addicted. I'm sure not as much as some of the tweens of today, as I don't post glittery graphics and the like, but I still usually visit the site daily. There are two causes for this, one is that I have a generous amount of time in the day to spend online, and two, I don't have any friends.
I'll be the first to admit that having no friends is my fault, but at any rate, looking at the profiles of old friends fills some deep need of sociality. Is that a word? Oh well it fits my purpose. Onward!
So here I am searching around on my space, looking at people I went to high school with, siblings of people I went to high school with and it leads me to draw some conclusions.
1. I am getting older.
I know that last one may sound silly to you. Where I grew up, almost no one leaves, and friends' kids end up being friends and so on. My parents went to the same high school I did. My mom and dad were both friends with a few of the same people that they went to school with. My mom was friends with her best friend from 1st grade. I just grew up expecting that I'd follow the same path. That I'd meet someone from at least close to the area and our kids would go to my high school. I never imagined myself being anywhere but there. My school district was made up of 4 borough's. There were 3 elementary schools, with the kids from the 4th borough split between the other 3 schools. Growing up, we only knew those kids in our school, they lived close, and so there is where our friendships began. I was friends with about 4 or 5 other girls from my elementary school. The districts' junior and senior high school is combined so when we all started 7th grade, we were all thrown together. Of course, we all intermingled and became friends with each other, but when it came down to it, the 3 main groups of friends still existed. My stupid friends even came up with names for the cliques. I still feel like I can't divulge the names to you, 7 years later. I'm sure you're wondering where this long boring story leads to...well the thing is...the group of friends from one of the boroughs, they still hang out. It's amazing to me, because barely any of my original group would even dare speak to each other if we knew where the others were at. My elementary school got knocked down and the founding relationships of my childhood lie with the rubble in some unknown location.It's just odd to me the way things turned out. Never as you expect it, I guess. It will be interesting to see what happens at the reunion in a few years.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
|I used to think bowling was a game people played when bored and wanted to go have fun. Maybe drink a few beers, smoke a few cigarettes, end up having a good night out with friends. |
I was wrong.
Sure, when I was younger my dad used to watch bowling on TV, and my mother and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing in the world. It seemed to me that everyone always knocked down all the pins and so what the heck were they competing for, and why the heck would you want to watch it.
Then it happened...I met a guy who bowls. I mean bowling as in a sport, bowling as in a competitive game in which winning, scoring, and ball shape and size matter.
I now know more about bowling than I ever thought I would, and well, now I still think some things are ridiculous, but I've come to a sort of appriciation for the activity. Not everyone always scores a 300, and shooting the ball straight down the middle of the lane is not the talent of bowling. You have to get your ball to "hook" so it goes between pins on the side to knock all of em down, and get a strike. It's quite complicated actually.
Last night, I went to watch Shawn bowl in a league that he was sub-ing (substitute bowler) in. There was one girl there bowling in the league and she was so totally obnoxious. She was not that young, but acting like she was and taking advantage of all of the guys, with the "I'm the only girl here so I'm the center of attention, pay attention to me and want me" kinda attitude. Blech. Then, the reason that Shawn was bowling, was the guy he was bowling for said that he's been having bad stread and wanted to take a few weeks off. He was THERE anyways. Why on earth would you get a sub and then come anyways? It makes absolutely no sense to me what-so-ever. If you want some weeks off, TAKE THEM OFF. Sheesh. This all led to a "discussion" between us, but we ended up resolving under the common ground that LOST! was on, and it takes two heads to figure that shit out sometimes.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
|My first serious relationship (or first love, whichever you would like to call it) definitely taught me alot about myself, alot about what I wanted in a relationship, and alot about life and just growing up in general. I did some things that I am not so proud of then, and since then, but I try to use those things as a way of learning not to make the mistakes again. I am still friends with that first ex, and recently his current girlfriend of over two years (I think, it's around there) has broken up with him. I feel bad for him because I know what it's like to be dumped (although it's only happened to me once). I spent 2.5 hours yesterday talking to him on the phone, trying to make him understand and move on. I don't know if anything I said worked, but I felt like I at least gave it a good shot. I hate having to be the person that is blunt and tells you what you need to hear, but don't necessairly want to. I feel like I'm being mean and I know that sometimes it's what needs to be done but that doesn't make me like it any better. |
It also sucks because I kind of have been where this girl is at, and I'm ashamed to say that I've done some of the things she is doing (and worse) to some of my previous relationships. At least I can recognize that the things that I have done were wrong, and never do them in the future. I wish that I could tell her what I've learned and maybe then she'd see what a great guy he is and think twice about what she is doing. The game doesn't work like that though and so I guess all I can do is be there for my friend and hope that everything will work out for the best for him. I am SO glad that I have Shawn, and that I never have to go through any of that again. It is a huge relief and it makes me love and appriciate what I have even more.
Friday, May 19, 2006
This article is good news but it makes me a little angry.
The title: Panel urges U.S. to OK cervical cancer vaccine
Ugh! This vaccine is not a cancer vaccine. This vaccine protects against 2 types of Human Papillomavirus(HPV) that, studies have shown, lead to cervical cancer and also 2 types of HPV that cause genital warts. I guess there are plenty of educated people who know that the definition of vaccine is (at least according to dictionary.com) "preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen, such as a bacterium or virus, or of a portion of the pathogen's structure that upon administration stimulates antibody production or cellular immunity against the pathogen but is incapable of causing severe infection." But I'm guessing, when the common folk read this title, they think, "Gee, this will prevent or even cure cancer."
I think that the article does contain some good facts about HPV, but it doesn't quite explain everything. The Q&A part of the article is very misleading especially if you only click on one of the questions. The introduction question states that HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause warts on your genitals, feet, and hands. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause warts on your genitals. However, the papillomavirus that causes warts on your hands is not generally sexually transmitted.
The article lists some scary statistics, but I don't think it does a good enough job of explaining that not everyone with HPV has genital warts, and that the disease can be silent and a person may never know they have it. The kind of HPV that causes cervical cancer can just cause subtle changes in the cells of the cervix. I think that any publicity on the disease at all should stress the importance of getting regular pap smears. The scariest thing about HPV is that even if you practice safe sex, you are still at risk, because it has not been proven whether or not condoms are effective against the virus. This statistic is really scary.
This morning, on the Today show, Katie Couric said the exact same thing that this "cancer vaccine" was coming out. I had to leave for work so I didn't get to see the segment, but I wonder if Katie did a good job of letting people know what HPV is really about. In my Pathophysiology class, I did my research paper on HPV and cervical cancer, so I happen to know a lot about the subject matter at hand. I think the risk of getting any STD is scary, but this is one people don't necessairly think about, but it should be on the list of "big ones".
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
You can never go home again, and that is why I probably won't ever live in Pittsburgh again. But, it will always be my home and the place that I compare everywhere else to. No matter what it's shortcomings are, I will always love the city.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
In light of my quarter of a century birthday, up until my birthday in one month and 5 days I'm going to begin installments of... 1981.
Not quite as weird as 1984, but it's always fun to hear 25 years ago today, this happened.
Episode 1: Births and Deaths
Actors/Actresses/Famous People of note who were born in the same year as me: 1981
I can't decide if this makes me feel old or not. It is interesting to know that, had I lived in a different city, I could have been in school with Britney or Justin or Paris Hilton.
People who died in 1981:
Wow...a lot of people I've never heard of...The nobel peace prizes in medicine were won by a Roger Wolcott Sperry who did split brain research. Interesting.
|It is the beginning of my work day, and already things have been going wrong. I woke up late, almost made the mayonaisse explode into a million pieces while packing my lunch, spilled water down my pants while brushing my teeth, and forgot my keycard to get into my area at work. I shudder to think what else this day might bring. I think the rain clouds over central Ohio have taken a liking to the spot directly above my head. I must spend this entire day studying for economics. I need to get at least a C on the 2nd midterm. I have a high C in there right now, but I don't want to take any chances. If I don't pass a class, I have to pay for it, and I'd really rather not have to worry about that. I just don't have an economic sort of brain. I guess I am better at the science instead of the humanities. Economics did teach me enough about supply and demand to know that the oil CEO's are using the rules to their advantage to say that supply/demand is why the prices are rising, but I think it's just so they can throw their darling little daughter's sweet 16 birthday parties on MTV. |
Monday, May 15, 2006
Ugh. I was searching for some witty comparison type blog for today about Pittsburgh and Columbus, but alas I've given up. You can't even compare the two. There is so much more information about Pittsburgh than there is Columbus, I can't even find really any points to compare. Population and such, but I can't come up with any witty comments about the population. Cut me a break. I was also searching for some interesting, fairly recently updated Columbus blogs to link over there and to become daily reads for me. I can't find any. If you are a Columbus blogger and you have a blog that you want linked, let me know!
I've been so unmotivated lately. I don't want to study, I don't want to go to work I don't want to cook or clean, all I want to do is sleep and well...sleep. It's not even that I'm unhappy with anything, I'm just so exhausted. It kinda sucks. Hopefully, I can get through the midterm/paper period with out digging myself into a hole for the finals. The Dave Matthews concert is the day after finals though, so maybe I'll just crank up some Lover Lay Down and get out of my studying funk. My goal for today was to read my 1.5 chapters of history for tonights class, study for economics for at least 2 hours, and re-read the portions of text in history that are sources for the upcoming paper. Here is what I actually did: Read about .75 chapters of history, marked the pages for the paper, no economics. I did learn the procedure for doing ELISA's though, so I guess the day at work was not a total wash. I guess there's always tonight and tomorrow. I still have to finish playing Rainy Day Spider Solitaire though. In case I lost you, yes I am a huge dork and like to play dumb games on pogo.com. It passes the time and gives you an excuse to procrastinate, and who does not like a game called rainy day spider solitaire, I mean really! Say it. Go ahead, it's fun.
I went to the Cincinnati zoo, and my mother (who is an aspiring photographer) took the picture of the beautiful white lion. I could stare at him all day. Oh wait, I have been...he's on my desktop.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Today is Shawn's birthday. He's taking the day off, so I had to wake up by myself and get ready for work. When I came upstairs to take a shower, he was awake and said, "I feel old." He's always telling me how I'm saying things that insinuate that I am old and what am I going to do when I turn 40 or even 60. Who's calling the kettle black now? We don't really think we're old, we're just going through that period of life where we're like finally grown up. Everyone is getting married and having babies and we are not, so I think that pings a little switch somewhere in the back of our brains. It's time. Though, it's not time for us...yet.
I was reading some of my posts, and my grammar is bad. Seriously. I might have to have Jen start proofing some of my blogs (don't worry Jen I'll pay ya per word...maybe like a penny). Just kidding, but it might be annoying to some of you, so I'll try and construct sentences rather than just type in speak.
I was reading an article today about a study that was done on heterosexual and homosexual people. They did brain scans of the people while they were sniffing male and female pheromone mixtures, as well as, regular scents. The study found that the lesbian brain's reacted more like a heterosexual male, and the homosexual male's brains reacted more like that of a heterosexual female. I'm not sure how extensive this particular study was, but I think this is very interesting data to prove that some people are born gay. I'd be interested to see the results of a bisexual's brain under the same circumstances. I also think it would be interesting to locate the mechanism that causes people to think they were born in the wrong sex. It's too bad I'm not a psychologist.
I'm leaving work early today so I only have around 2 hours to go! YAY! I'm going to pick up a DQ ice cream cake for the birthday celebration. I have not had ice cream in a whole week. Damn, I thought I'd be able to hold out longer.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
|Holy Freakin LOST! Batman! The show is finally starting to get back to making you wonder, wtf? at the end of an episode. I think it is REALLY cool how they are doing "The Lost Experience" game thing. They even put a Hanso Foundation commercial on during the bird flu movie. That was freaky, btw, all you skeptics think it can't happen...it definitely can. Back to Lost though, wow, it's always exciting when they find a new hatch. There are some clues that I found on the Lost experience thing that are leading me to form some new theories, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, I think there definitely is a disease that they haven't quite encountered yet on the island. I think there is one more episode before the season finale. I saw in the preview that Michael was telling Sayid to stay, when everyone else was going to battle with the Others, that is very interesting. Michael is leading them into some kinda trap, they better watch out for him. His face at the end of the show last night was so scary. Awesome acting. |
I have to go out shopping tonight to find Shawn a birthday present. Ugh. He is such a hard person to shop for, everything he wants is too expensive for my budget. Hopefully, I can find him something without strangling anyone at the mall. I hate going to the malls here. Everyone looks like a picture out of a fashion magazine, and they're all drinking their latte's, driving their SUV's so I can't see my car in between. I feel like I should be wearing a flannel shirt, carring a shot gun, with 10 kids yellin at all of em at the same time, Ya'll git outta dat store, right now, ya'll hear me? Unrefined, is the proper term I think. I'm thinking of getting my hair cut but I am so not even sure how to get it cut. Everytime I do, it always ends up looking exactly the same as it did before, only shorter. We'll see what happens!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
YAY! Today was the final puzzle of the Da Vinci Code Quest, and I had time to log on at 1pm and finish the final puzzle to try and win the grand prize. The final puzzle was kinda easy/kinda hard. I haven't read the Da Vinci code (as previously stated) so I didn't know the 3rd answer, but I don't want to spoil it for you so that's all I'll say.
I skipped History lecture on Monday night (I've only missed one other class, and that was because of our Texas vacation, so I'm not that guilty), so I'm sitting here taking notes on the chapter I missed. I'm kind of upset because I missed the lecture on the Investiture Controversy and that is one of my favorite topics. One of the classes I took at Pitt, and actually did well in, was a course on Midevil Society and Government and the Investiture Controversy was one of our essay questions that I nailed. I think the whole story of it is pretty funny too. Time for a history lesson, kids.
Basically, an investiture, is the practice of laymen appointing church officials. This happened because, during feudalism, the lords would give part of their fief's to make a church and then so that made them think they had to right to elect the priest of that church. The church didn't like that because they, of course, thought that they should appoint who got to be a priest. The great fight was between King Henry IV of Germany and Pope Gregory the VII. Henry sends this letter to Gregory asking him for help with his unruly german nobles. Gregory thinks hey, this guy is in a weak postion with his nobles rebelling against him so he excommunicated some of Henry's advisors. This pisses Henry off and so he sends a letter back declaring Gregory a "false monk" and says "descend and relinquish the qpostolic throne which thou has usurped...I Henry, king by the grace of God, do say unto thee, together with my bishops: Down, Down, to be damned through all the ages." The word usurped is just so mean and nasty, and of course with the whole Down Down to be damned part, Gregory of course is even more pissed and excommunicates Henry. Well, you can't be king if you aren't a part of the church(breaks feudal vows of loyalty) so of course not Henry is in a bad deal. Henry's enemies demand he be judged by Gregory and so everyone agrees to meet at Augsburg. Henry's a smart one though and so he arrives there pleading for absolution. Being a pope, Gregory has a duty to forgive him and absolve his sins, or else he couldn't be pope, so after making Henry wait in the snow for 4 days, he forgives him. Henry has the upper hand now. Gregory eventually excommunicates him again, but Henry's army is so close that Gregory has to flee and ends up dying bitterly.
I just love this story cause each of them think that they are so powerful and have the upper hand and in the end the big ole mean pope loses.
I am doing ok with the watching of the food intake, actually I didn't eat my soup I brought for lunch today because I wasn't particularly hungry. I only had a sandwhich, a sugar free pudding cup, and a low fat string cheese. I'll probably be ready to chew off my arm by dinner time.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
|I don't want to be a dieter. I'm not sure I want a "lifestyle change" either. I'd like to eat better and exercise, but darn it if i want ice cream once in awhile I want to have it, or pizza, or whatever else good dessert I love to eat there is. I'm going to go to the doc to see a dietician, my insurance pays for it so I figure why not? I even get reimbursed 50% of Weight Watchers if I decide their meal plans are right for me. I just don't know what else to do. I know that I am getting older and that my body probably isn't operating the same way that it used to, not that that way was any good. Blah.|
I was going to post a picture of my delicious lunch, but apparently, it's so new that it's not even on the website of frozen meals yet. Yes, they have such things. I promised myself that I was going to start studying economics today, but I've actually been doing work so I guess it'll have to wait till tomorrow. Hope your tuesday was more exciting than mine...
Monday, May 08, 2006
It's Monday. At after 3:45 in the afternoon, which is when I'm typing this, you're probably thinking..."gee, what a shocker." I awoke this morning at 5 am by the blasted birds outside my bedroom window. I wanted to go Dick Cheney on their asses, but, I don't have a gun, and if I did I don't know how to aim and fire. I don't think they are quail either. I tried to fall back asleep for the hour I had left until my alarm started going off. I should have just gotten up because when I did wake back up I felt like crap. This week starts the beginning of, "Watch what you eat Week" and it's not meant to be watch all of the generous amounts of pizza rolls and ice cream go down the hatch kinda thing.
I've gained 10 lbs since the beginning of April without changing my diet. In fact, I'm eating better now, 3 meals a day, hardly any snacking, and with walking around campus for classes I am getting more physical activity. It doesn't make any sense. I feel I may have to pay a visit to el doctoro. I am avoiding this because I have to find one that is good, and finding a good doctor is hard to do.
Is anyone playing along with Google's Da Vinci Code Quest? I haven't read the Da Vinci Code, but I've watched some documentaries disproving it. I still think it would be a fun read, and the quest is pretty fun. It ends in a few days and you can submit your entry form from doing all of the puzzles to win a sweet grand prize. The puzzles are pretty cool, there are geography, symbol soduku, organization, and observation, and chess challenges. They seriously give you so much stuff for winning I can't remember it all. I know it involves some travel though and I want that to be my bag baby. I can't wait to go and see the movie on the 19th. I generally like to go and see movies before I read the books in cases like that, because if you read the book first and then go see the movie, the movie tends to suck.
This weekend I think we are going to the Cincinnati zoo, I lived there for 2 years and never went, now I'm 2 hours away and I'm going back for the zoo. Well, technically, we're going back to visit my mom and step-dad, but you know what I mean.
Friday, May 05, 2006
I saw this on Twelve Two Two Fondue
Accent: I can do some, once I was doing one at work that wasn't quite from any location and the customer I was waiting on had the exact same accent. Don't practice accents at work.
Booze: Captain and coke.
Chore I Hate: Just one? Dishes, laundry
Dog or Cat: Kitten!
Essential Electronics: my computer and the guide on digital cable
Favorite Cologne: Sweet Crush body spray from Victoria's secret, or Aqua di gio cause that's what Shawn wears
Gold or Silver: Both, together.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Insomnia: Not usually.
Job Title: Medical Laboratory Technician
Living arrangements: In a condomoronium with a monkey.
Most admirable traits: Sense of humor.
Not going to cop to: the cops?
Overnight hospital stays: Nope.
Phobias: heights, family life
Quote: To know and to not yet do, is to not yet know.
Religion: I'm starting one, want to join?
Siblings: Only child
Time I wake up: 6:30 ew.
Unusual talent or skill: I can always tell that the million dollars is not in the case they pick on Deal or No Deal.
Vegetable I love: I don't know if i love any, but i'll eat green beans, corn, salad
Worst habit: Being lazy.
X-rays: Teeth, sinuses, stomach
Yummy foods I make: I make lots of yummy stuff.
Zodiac sign: Cancer, according to some sources and my personality, however, I was born on the summer solstice so some horoscopes say that I am Gemini. Is this why I can never decide what I want to be when I grow up?