Monday, April 28, 2008

Rainy Day, Dream Away

It is rainy, dark, and cool today, and it is supposed to rain all week. Good weather for doing homework (I guess.) I suppose it's not the worst week to be stuck scrambling to finish up my last projects for school. It makes me a little sad, since my happiness tends to depend on getting ample sunshine (my temperament is photosynthetic, ha ha ha), but it also feels like getting some of winter back--that cozy feeling of being bundled inside, wearing lots of clothes, knitting, writing, reading, and baking. Ooh! If only I hadn't bought an overpriced loaf of organic spelt bread yesterday while impulse buying everything at Wegman's. I would bake bread tonight! Maybe I will anyway. Study breaks are always permitted, and plus, when the bread is rising, that's one hour where I HAVE to stay in the house and write instead of flitting around outside/making up b.s. errands to run.

Scanning my e-mail for something homework-related, I found an archived conversation about the French term of endearment "mon petit chou," which means my little cabbage. I was making fun of it, saying, "My little vegetable that smells like sulfur when cooking and makes people gassy." (I am such a romantic.) Then I was thinking about how when I go off the deep end, this will be combined with my romantic simile of which I posted yesterday morning--a botanical Latin term of endearment that makes no sense. "Mon petit Brassica." Or, I suppose I could go all out in Latin (note that my Latin is limited to what I've picked up from studying botany and from reading the program notes during Patrick's concerts): Brassica oleracea minima mea.

Help.



So now I'll plunge further into Botanical Madness and end this post. I finished a final project for one class last night; I have some tiny assignments for that class to finish later, a presentation for my entomology class to put together this week about which I'm not too worried as it's interesting and exciting, and then...the monster plant systematics project. I say "monster" because it's huge and complicated and represents a great deal of intellectual growth. Or something. These grey days are ideal for sitting in, reading J. E. Rodman's doctoral thesis, working in herbaria, and tooling around with Open Office fake Powerpoint.

Let the sun take a holiday...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Reminder

The weather is gloomy, I have a ton of work to do, I am worried about finishing it adequately, other stuff is making me sad, I opened an e-mail that wasn't positive (but not a huge deal either) and was about to sink into feeling sorry for myself when my roommate Alice walked in the door, announcing a wonderful, fortuitous discovery--a patch of four-leaf clovers. She had picked three, and handed me one.
Now it sits beside me, resting on top of my to-do list. Reminding me of what matters.

My love is like a rose...

Perhaps it is a sign that one has been in school too long, that one is overtired, or that one is simply crazy, when it seems appropriate to kiss someone and then compare them to a flower. You might think, "Aw, that's so romantic!" Especially when the plant is a rose.

However, it is quite another thing to tell a man that his face is like an invasive plant.

Perhaps telling someone who hasn't shaved in a couple of days, "Your face is thorny. Your face is like Rosa multiflora!", is a clear indication of madness. Or at least overwhelming nerd-dom. Especially since common names were not employed; the statement included a freaking LATIN BINOMIAL.



Not that I know anyone who does this...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Signs that Google is taking over our lives

Taken from my Gmail screen:

Gmail get out of my life


Geez, Google! Mind your own business! Get out of my life!



In other news, a weird article.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pop culture in Sussex County

GREG: Mur, there's a war movie coming out that I think you might like--
MURIEL: No! I HATE war movies!
GREG: No, no, no. I think you'll like this. It's got Ben Stiller in it!
MURIEL: ...
GREG (begins describing): It starts out, and you hear music from the '60s...you know...and you think it's another war protest movie--
MURIEL (with skepticism): Uh huh.
GREG (laughing): --and then you see, in this Rambo gear, Ben Stiller! And--
MURIEL (with exasperation): GREG!
MURIEL produces a long, extended sigh.
MURIEL: Ben. Stein.
GREG and SARAH (unison): What!?
MURIEL: Ben Stein. Not Stiller.
GREG: No. Ben Stein is the one who--
SARAH: You know who Ben Stiller is! Ben Stein is...you know, win his money--
GREG: Ben Stein is the real boring one--
SARAH: The eye drops commercials--
MURIEL: Oh, right. That's Ben Stein. Ben Stiller, isn't he really old?
SARAH: Ben Stiller, you know...the movies you like! Meet the Parents--
GREG: No Muriel, that's JERRY Stiller!
MURIEL: Oh.
MURIEL looks perplexed.
SARAH (walking away): Something About Mary...
GREG: Meet the Fockers!
MURIEL looks puzzled, remains silent, with an expression of extreme concentration on her face.
GREG: Zoolander...
MURIEL: OH! Zoolander! My favorite!

(All weekend, my mother has been saying, "You're writing about us, aren't you? Greg, we're going to end up a novel!")

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Before there was LOLspeak...

I just put my abstract into the AOLer translator:

DA ESTABLISHMENT AND PERSISTENC3 OF PLANTS INTRODUCED 2 NU J3RSEY BY SOLID BALAST ON SHIPS

IN!!111!!!! WTF LOL TEH NIENTENTH CANTURY SOLID BALAST ON SHIPS MAY HAEV BAN A MEDIUM FOR TEH INTRODUCTION OF NON-NATIEV INVASIEV PLANT SPACEIS 2 TEH FLORA OF NU JERS3Y!111111! OMG WTF

R3CORDS OF PLANT SP3CEIS FOUND ON BALAST DUMPS IN NU JARSAY PANSYLVANIA AND NU YORK IN TEH 1860S-180S WERE STUDEID IN ORDAR 2 DETARMIEN WHICH NON-NATIEV SP3CEIS W3RE INTRODUC3D THROUGH THES MADIUM AND HAEV SUBSEQUANTLEY P3RSISTED IN DA FLORA OF DA R3GION!!!111 WTF
LOL RACORDS OF PLANT SPACEIS COLACT3D BTWEN 1878-181 IN NORTHAASTARN NU JERSEY AND TEH NU YORK CITY AERA WERE LOCAETD IN DA RUTGERS UNIEVRSITY CHRYSL3R HERBARIUM IN NU BRUNSWIK NJ DA H3RBARIUM OF TEH ACAEDMY OF NATURAL SCEINC3S OF PHILAEDLPHIA PA AND DA HERBARIUM OF DA NU YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN IN BRONX NY!!!11!!1 OMG LOL

ADITIONALY RACORDS OF PLANT SP3CEIS COLECTED ON BALAST DUMPS IN TEH PHILAEDLPHIA AERA WERE STUDEID AND COMPAERD WIT TEH 1867 EDITION OF GRAYS MANUAL OF BOTANY 2 DETERMIEN WHICH SPECEIS HAD NOT BEN PREVIOSLEY RECORD3D IN TEH AERA RECORDS OF TH3SE SPECEIS WARE LOCAETD IN TEH RUTGERS UNIEVRSITY CHRYSLER H3RBARIUM!!!!1!111

OMG LOL TEH DATA R3LATNG 2 AL SP3CEIS FROM THESA LOCAL HERBARIA W3RE ANALYZAD 2 D3T3RMIEN DA POSIBILITY OF OCURENC3 IN DA RAGION PRIOR 2 THEYRE BALAST INTRODUCTION OR OF MULTIPLA INTRODUCTIONS IN ADITION 2 THEYRE BALAST INTRODUCTION!!11!!11! OMG LOL DA DATA WERE ALSO UESD 2 D3T3RMIEN DA AXT3NT 2 WHICH THESA SP3CEIS HAEV SPR3AD AND MANETANE3D A PRESENCE IN TEH R3GION!1!1! LOL

AL SPACEIS OF INTEREST W3RE EVALUAETD FOR ETHNOBOTANICAL PROPARTEIS 2
DATERMIEN TEH POSIBILITY TAHT HUMANS HAD INT3NTIONALY INTRODUCAD TH3M!11!1 OMG

I haz an abstrakt

http://2008.botanyconference.org/engine/search/756.html

Yay!!!!!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Weekend to Me

My real birthday is on Wednesday. But this was the appropriate weekend to have a party!!!!!
The party was fun. I got a lot of nice presents! I wasn't expecting presents, really, and that was nice. It wasn't just nice stuff, it was all thoughtful stuff. Also the party was fun and 99% drama free, so that was great. What I really wanted for my birthday was everyone to have fun, no one to throw up, and no one to fight or leave crying. I think it was successful with respect to these things.
All I have done today is the minimum homework (something that was due today), eaten breakfast, eaten more food approximately an hour later, talked on the phone to my mom, and...that's pretty much it. I guess one is allowed to be lazy on their birthday weekend.
I would also like to share that I think we found the magic hangover preventative. Not that I drank enough to get a hangover. Goodness no. Actually, I was smart at this party. But someone else who drank a lot had some iced hibiscus tea with me towards the end of the night, and both of us are FINE this morning. Just tired from not sleeping enough.
Also, there is a ton of food in my house. A TON. It was more of a potluck of people bringing lots of food than actually consuming it. That's a nice thing, though--everyone was generous and sharing and nice.
I need to plan for my trip, but I'm so busy !!!! pretty much up to the minute of the trip. So I think I'm going to make a Google Document with things I want to remember to do before/bring with me on/see while I'm on the road trip. Also things to do to prepare for Mary's arrival--such as get a mattress or something for her to sleep on. In my dream world I would fix up our room-sized closet as a guest room, but I believe we truly have too much junk in there. Maybe if I agressively clean...
So, these are some things I want to see on our road trip:
1) Sunset in Nebraska -- I hear that there are "spectacular" sunsets in Nebraska
2) Redwoods
3) the old bristlecone pine trees
4) some kitschy funny things -- fill this in later
5) the Everglades, maybe
6) also stop in Homestead at Robert is Here and buy lots of interesting jams and honeys and salsas etc and lots of tropical fruit to eat in the car
7) Mary wants to go to Paterson, so we should go to Paterson Falls because I've never been there
8) The Grand Canyon
9) Las Vegas, and the parks surrounding it
10) My cousin in St. Louis
11) This is a maybe. My relatives in Tennessee. My dad's immediate family is a small New Jersey branch of the family which is based in Tennessee. It might be interesting to meet the family members, or at the very least see where the family is from. I'd have to see, of course, how much they want to meet their city-folk half-French cousin and her foreign guest (well, at least she's fairly WASPy.)

What else should we see?

In other news, my room is clean!