Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Been busy....

First off....yes, I passed my thesis defense. Now I must do some revisions to my thesis and then submit another copy to my committee. Once the final draft is done I'll have copies made, get signatures, and bind copies into books. YAY!! I am currently working on getting my poster done for the annual GSA meeting in Denver. I will be there for Halloween. I'm going to have to see if I can find a ghost tour or something fun.

Class is now in session at UT and geochemistry is going to kick my hiney! Other than that I have some pretty awesome classes. Of course, my favorite is with Colin. We are doing an independent study looking at edrioasteroids and trying to narrow down my Ph.D. dissertation. I'm hoping to concentrate on paleoecology. I know I'll be looking at the prospect of movement in these extinct echinoderms. I am excited!!

Two days ago Richard told me that a couple of hummingbirds came by the front of the house and kept tapping at the red beads in the wind chime that Casey gave me. Yesterday I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder. Today I sat on the front porch and watched as the hummingbirds fed. Here's a picture....isn't it awesome?!?!

Sunday, August 19, 2007


D-Day is tomorrow...August 20th. Been running like a mad woman here trying to get my presentation done. Lost it off my jump drive once....14 hours of work down the tubes...can you say "Backup on every computer you can find!"?

Check back in Tuesday....oh, and if you're partial to praying please say a prayer for me on Monday from 2:00-5:00 EST.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Will she pass???

Will René pass her thesis defense? Will she pull all of her hair out before she even gets there? Will she have to hide some bodies??

Tune in next Tuesday (August 21st) on the same chipmunk channel, same chipmunk time...


Deep down inside she knew....

My friend Michelle must have felt the vibe...must have known deep down inside that I'm a bit stressed while finishing up this thesis stuff. I've been writing 6-10 hours a day. I know that seems like a lot but technical writing is very difficult for me. I like to embellish, tell a story, much like my scrapbooks. But, when writing for scientific journals you can't really say how "cute" the ophiuroids are. Thanks Michelle for my Happiness Fairy!!

I'm leaving in the morning for Wilmington. I'll be gone for over a week. Not sure if I'll get to post anything from Wilmington because I think it's going to be crazy as can be...(don't tell anyone but I haven't got my presentation put together yet...eek!)

Hmmmm....that Happiness Fairly looks like me this morning, complete with purple slippers....interesting....haha!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

I've been Simpsonized!!

And you can be too!! Just go to the following web address:

Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to do this though...and have a picture of yourself to upload...

Have fun!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Back from CK and Workin' Like a Dawg!

Let me start off by saying that the CK Convention in Charlotte was wonderful! I took some really awesome classes (11 in all) and learned many new techniques. My "Bee Happy Mini-Book" is pictured at the top of the page.

There was one class though that was as crappy as heck and I will never take another class by this company as this is the 2nd time I've been burned by them (Little Black Dress Designs). The class, in my opinion, was pointless. Their product is the same crap they've been using for the past 4 years...they've made no progress. Additionally, the companies that sponsor the classes give out door prizes, sometimes TONS of them, to the attendees in the class. The company mentioned above "doesn't do prizes." Instead, they give you a 30% off coupon to order their items online through their company. Oh yea, you're giving me 30% off of a crappy, already over-priced product that was exciting 4 years ago but now has become stale AND I have to pay shipping and handling on top of it? Gee...thanks a bunch! Like I said, never again....readers, be warned!!

Upon returning home I have set to task on getting this thesis completed. One of my committee members really disliked my thesis saying it has "no purpose or direction" and that my data does not support my conclusions. He then proceeded to give me heck in an email when I asked for clarification of comments telling me that he hopes I treat my Ph.D. committee better by not springing items on them at the last minute and not consulting along the way. It's funny though, every person I've spoken to says that they only meet with the committee members once a year and that their thesis draft was handed over once the committee chair deemed it ready for committee, just as I did. So, chalk it up to my being lost again without a map.

So basically I have a ton, and I do mean a TON of revisions to go on this thesis. I'm going to be heading back to Wilmington on Sunday to spend the next full week there. I will defend my thesis on August 20th. I'm a bit intimidated at this point and that's why I want to spend the full week with my advisor prior to defending. I also need to get my powerpoint presentation ready. I thought my MSN horoscope was most befitting today....

"Your world may seem quite tight and rigid this morning, dear Virgo, but the good news is that difficulties are apt to melt away as the sun mounts to the high heavens. Don't assume that opinions, once stated, are fixed in stone. Things can change on a dime. Even if they seem one way at one point, more than likely, they are going to manifest themselves completely differently at the next."

Let's hope these rewrites do the trick....