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Wednesday, February 26, 2003
 
The sky is blue and that speaks volumes about a day like today. Anybody want a peanut?

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Monday, February 24, 2003
 
Congrats to Meg on passing through another trial ont he way to bone marrow donation. After a 40 minute bus ride, and a 45 minute walk through the snow and cold she reached her destination. She gave another 10 vials or so of blood, and then went to a doctors office where she had a physical done. A free shuttle and another 40 minute bus ride to be home. It was definitely a huge hassle on her part, but Im so glad that she was able to do this, and that she will give the bone marrow in early march. Go Meg on just being a great person. I'm really proud of you.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003
 
An anonymous drunk once said "I have on boots. B-O-T-O-A boots"

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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
 
My dad and Maureen are safe and sound back in NJ after a one day delay due to the snow. The day meant that I got to go the DMV with my dad this morning, and that last night my roomates and I all went to Merle's with them for dinner last night. Other than that, the weekend was a blur of food. I ate way too much on many occasions. It started out on Saturday, where I met them outside watertower at 10:30, and we proceeded to go to a little coffee shop where I got and egg and cheese sandwich. Following a little shopping we headed to Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, formerly known as the Blackhawk Lodge. It is now a more casual restaurant, but the martinis remain. I had a blue cheese burger with an Appletini. Dessert was a large warm chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream caramel, hot fudge and whipped cream topped with a cherry. Then we went for a drive through chicago, stopping on Halsted for a while, and proceeding to Petterino's where i had a 16 oz bone in filet mignion with sides of creamed spinach, stuffed mushrooms and potato pancakes, Dessert there was a chocolate sampler, which included a chocolate macaroon, chocolate mouse, chocolate pudding and a piece of chocolate cake. On Sunday we went out to Walker Brothers for breakfast. I had a spinach and cheese omlette, and then we went shopping, and bought nothing save for a few household items. After that we came back to my apartment, and I picked out a video camera after which my Dad and Mo went to MK while i stayed home and had cheesey italian chicken. Monday morning I got picked up right after my class, and we went to Le Peep, got passport photos taken, bought a book, and then I came home while they went to check in at their new hotel since their flight home got cancelled. They got on another flight for 4pm the next day (Tuesady) and then we went to the aforementioned dinner. And here we are again back to today, with all its accompanying nice stuff. Now its bedtime after a brief cleaning of my room.

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Thursday, February 13, 2003
 
Once again its time to decide what classes I want to take. As of right now, nothing is set in stone, and I only really have one class left to finish my BME degree. Hopefully it will be tissue engineering, but if that falls through (cause so many people want to take it) then it may end up being artificial organs, which should also be interesting. Other than that right now I am looking at possibly taking history of the holocaust, and possibly Evolutionary Morphology Vertebrate Lab, which is taught in the field museum on Tuesdays and Thrusday afternoons. Any other suggestions are more than welcome, and encouraged, cause I feel like I shouldn't just slack off cause it is my last qarter here. Although I know I need to make time for fun stuff too (and so far with these classes Friday is free) I don't want to feel like I'm not putting full effort into it. There is always the oportunity to become a half time student, and only take 2, but that will only likely be if I find something else to do with my time. I don't want to just be a bum here. Regardless, I am going to take this opportunity to get to bed at a decent hour, and after getting ready, reading for a bit, I hope to be asleep by shortly after 1 (slightly later than my original 12:30 goal, but still commendable for me).

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003
 
My IAESTE application is done, and now all that is left to do is for me to wait and hear from them. We will see what happens with that sometime between March and May. In the meantime I need to find other places to apply, so any suggestions for anything biomedically related, either here in the US or abroad are welcome. Now however, it is time to sleep, because the combination of having the application due today (well technically yestarday now) and having a presentation to give in BME design (which went well) left me with a grand total of 3 hours of sleep.

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Monday, February 10, 2003
 
"Im scheduled to have sex at 2 today, but I don't know if Im going to go" ~Me
I had to write at least one quote about human sexuality since I feel like I say something about it at least a few times a week

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Friday, February 07, 2003
 
Another week gone by. My 2 (yes I only had 2 this quarter) midterms are finished, my major paper is written, and only 3 psych quizzes and 2 psych papers along with one presentation for BME design before finals week. Definitely not that bad a quarter. Just have a lot of reading to do between now and then, but even that doesnt seem so daunting with the prospect of actually having a reading week to get it all done.

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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
 
Who wouldn't want a test in sex? Oh yea, me and the other 500 students taking human sexuality. Fortunately the reading is at least interesting enough to keep you focused, but its still lots to read. After this test though, I have almost a week with nothing due. Yay for respites!

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Monday, February 03, 2003
 
Well I've now taken my first history test in almost 5 years, and it wasn't so bad. The only problem was a severe shortage of tests, forcing Prof. Hahn to run out and make another 25 copies (which still left him 2 short). But we did get a choice of 2 questions, and I managed to write over 5 pages in the blue book, so its all good. Now I'm home for a brief while before going off to human sex, followed by a group meeting for BME design. Other than that, its just been showing off our apartment to the hordes and masses who are coming through. We have 6 people scheduled to look at it today. And thats my life (or at least my day), in a nutshell. Oh yea, and feel better Jen!

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Sunday, February 02, 2003
 
For all those who weren't paying attention (or who like me never made it outside today) Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow (although his evil imposter counterpart Buckeye Chuck did not). I never knew how many different groundhogs we had that were famous.

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I'm the 26th result for Google's search for Andrew Lange (in Russian).

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Read Kevin's post about his reaction to the loss of the Columbia space shuttle. His sentiment, as well as those in the comments of that post, seem to be echoing in many places. The use of the word jaded truly captures the essence of what so many are feeling in response to this tragedy. My experience was very similar to his for most of the day, no mention other than to make sure people had heard the news. Then on the way to dinner last night, John Eric and I started to get into a discussion about the idea of flashbulb memories. One of the classic examples always given is the explosion of the Challenger, and not having been old enough to really remember it well, I found it strange that others had such vivid memories of it. Flash forward to the current day, and I definitely don't feel that this day will forever be engraved upon my memory. Even last night I had to think to come up with where I'd heard about it first, as several different sources informed me within like 10 minutes, between a newsgroup, CNN, a friend and a phone call. At this realization I thought about the scope of tragedies that ahve been used as examples of flashbulb memories, notably the day JFK was shot, the Challenger, and most recently 9-11, and thought about how each one just seemed to top the next. We appear to be getting desensitized to smaller tragedies. Now it is possible that we are still just too close in the wake of 9-11 still to really feel similar, but it still was interesting to think about, and brought up several ideas like a possible refractory period between flashbulb like events, and ponderances about what it would take right now to cause another such memory event.

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Saturday, February 01, 2003
 
Eric: If cheese sticks were a girl I'd marry them.
Brian: Since Im already married I'd consider having an affair.

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