In other news, my friend Susanna, her husband Jeramy, their new baby Jack, and dog Lady came to visit on Thursday evening. They were temporarily displaced by Gustav, the hurricane that hit Louisiana a few days ago. It was great to catch up with Susanna, and meet little Jack, who--although only a few weeks old--left quite an impression on me. Its kind of crazy to think about all of my friends who are getting married and starting families, and then there's me--on my way to becoming crazy cat lady. Crazy cat lady who is a birding fanatic.
We went out last night in Downtown Bryan (pronounced with one syllable, not two)--dinner and a couple of bars. "We" being about 11 of us from our lab group. Good times. We are working on plans to go to the Hall of Fame or Harry's for a night of two-stepping, but with several of us being single gals, I demand that we find a bunch of cowboys to escort us. Yes, I know I swore off cowboys not too long ago because they are bad news, but who else is going to take us out on the dance floor?? My advisor seems to only hire married (or soon to be) guys. Hmm.
Just trying to survive the semester for now. I've been good about keeping up with reading for class and starting projects early--mainly because I have a rather demanding professor who tends to enjoy embarrassing students for not being well prepared for class. We've spent the first two weeks talking about the philosophy of science, the science wars, axiology, epistemology, ontology, etc. I've learned more new terms in these two weeks than I think I ever have. Funny how there's always more to learn--I thought I was at least familiar with most topics that would ever come up in graduate classes--I wasn't expecting philosophy at all. The prof is genius for sure, its my brain's fault for not being able to keep up! But I'm trying. The only problem is that the mounds of data entry from this summer are simply not getting any smaller as I'm constantly reading and doing other things. Multi-tasking with research, data entry, writing proposals, reading, publishing old work, teaching, taking classes, being a foster mommy, and hanging on to a shred of a social life all at once is not my strong point at the moment. I waste a lot of time, and then beat myself up for it. Just as I'm wasiting time on this blog. But, if I don't get it out in writing, it will likely drive me nuts.