My trip home and back

January 17th, 2007, 9:09 pm PST by Kat

I haven’t blogged in a LONG time. Looking back, I think my last blog entry was at Thanksgiving. Sorry. I guess I just felt like I wasn’t doing anything blog worthy before my trip home. My life was pretty much school, dinner, sleep, repeat. Then I went home for December and I was too busy to blog.

My trip home was great. I think Greg and I cooked once, or at most twice, the entire time I was home. I got to everything on my list except for Feenies. Maybe in the spring. A few highlights:

  • Spending time with Greg and my family.
  • Hot Pot Birthday dinner for my Ama.
  • Christmas Day at Kelly’s
  • Body Worlds 3 – You’d think that with 7 Biology degrees among Tina, Oli, and me that we would actually know something about organs and stuff. Not so much. Thank goodness Pam was there! It was pretty spectacular though.
  • Bubble tea!

Going back to Vancouver after getting used to being in North Carolina has made me realize how lucky I was to live in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city with tons of stuff to do and extremely good food. The one thing that I did notice though was the dampness. It was freakin’ cold! Being back at SFU also made me realize what a great lab the Williams Lab is. I’m extremely happy to have been part of the lab. I’m also really thankful for all of my Vancouver friends. I miss you guys! Luckily Kelly and Suyoko are coming to visit me in Chapel Hill in about a month. Yippee!!

Following my month-long working vacation at home, I went to the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, which was held in Phoenix this year. Oh, and Francois flew out from Holland, so it was really good to be able to hang out with him. And, Dana drove out from Tuscon, which was also great. It was also fun introducing the Williams lab to the UNC group. It was like a huge Williams lab reunion! I think everyone got along really well. I stressed a lot about my talk and ended up giving only a mediocre talk. Oh well. I’ll do better next year.

Being back in NC has been okay. I’m in the middle of my main experiment, and all is going well.

My friend Lisa and I have resolved to go to the gym this semester. We’re starting slow with 2 trips per week: a yoga class on Mondays and a spinning class on Thursdays. Tomorrow is our first day. I bought new pants and shorts. I think I may get new shoes this weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to motivate each other to keep going to the gym.

I’ve also been going over to my friends Matt and Kyla’s place on Wednesday nights with Lisa and Brian to watch Top Chef. It’s a great show – kind of a mix between America’s Next Top Model, Iron Chef, and the Real World. It’s nice to have something fun to do in the middle of the week. Plus, it means that I have friends in NC! Yay! 🙂

That’s about it. Now you can see why I haven’t blogged in a while. Nothing too exciting… but hey, I’m still alive!

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