Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Life is slowing returning back to normal and some of the pain is melting to pleasant memories.

I have a busy week this week. I am meeting with my coadvisor to plan out fellowship related research. I am excited to really get my hands in some of this research and get a good collaboration going. I think our group and his group are a good match and we have a lot to offer each other.

Bookclub is meeting tonight to discuss Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. Not my favorite author, unfortunately, as she is a favorite amongst the other group members. If she has a new book out, I can count on having to read it for group.

My dad is coming down on Thursday. Yay! He is coming to visit and lavish me with Legacy chocolates and fatherly affection. Parental visits entail a good bit of spoiling and living like royalty for a few days. When my dad comes down we also spend time with a couple that he used to play with back in the day when he was a musician for a living. They live in St. Petersburg so Dean and I get to leave the confines of the ghetto for awhile and pretend to be inhabitants of that classy town across the bay.

Now, for a little fun! I found this on Jackie's site and she invited whomever wanted to play along. Maybe you'll learn something new about me...

Four Jobs I've Had:

1. Cashier at Bachman's
2. Customer service and sales rep for software made for pig farmers
3. Student secretary for the Forestry department at the University of Minnesota
4. Astronomy teacher

Four Movies I Watch Over and Over Again:
1. Ghostbusters
2. Dirty Dancing
3. Office Space
4. Wizard of Oz

Four Places I've Lived:
1. Out of a suitcase on the road
2. Minneapolis
3. Dinkytown
4. Tampa

Four TV Shows I Watch:
1. Arrested Development (it's technically still on the air...)
2. Scrubs
3. King of Queens
4. My Name is Earl

Four Places I've Vacationed:
1. Huatulco, Mexico
2. New York City
3. New Orleans
4. Montreal, Quebec

Four Websites I visit daily:
1. www.barnesandnoble.com
2. www.dooce.com
3. www.physorg.com
4. all my blog friends

Four of My Favorite Foods:
1. mint chip ice cream
2. Vietnamese spring rolls over rice noodles (Trang's by my work)
3. pasta with pomodoro sauce
4. fresh pineapple

Four Places I'd like to be right now:
1. the beach
2. at a Twins game
3. at home with Dean and the kitties
4. at a used book store


lefty_grrrl said...

Seriously? There's a place named Dinkytown? And you lived there? I'm envisioning Dinkytown as a city made out of Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs.

Scott said...

You forgot to mention Thai chicken red curry right? How in the hell did you find such a random job in the pig farming industry. A friend of mine almost married a pig farmer. It's like, whoa, totally wierd coincidence, like, ya know?

magnetbabe said...

I was hoping people would pick up on the more random aspects of my life.

Dinkytown is still technically Minneapolis but it's an area right by the University of Minnesota. It is really called Dinkytown though and it has the best food in Minneapolis. There is a building with offices and a food court called the Dinkydome. It's also your classic college campus area with lots of coffee houses, used music and book stores and consignment shops. I miss it!

I loooove thai curry but it doesn't quite make the top four. PigCHAMP (Pig Computerized Health And Management Program) was also a consequence of my days at the U of MN. A vet student had come up with the program as a project and it blossomed into a legitimate business. They advertised for people on campus and I thought it sounded sort of interesting. I got to know a lot about the vet school and about pig farming. I also dealt with quite a few Hutterites which are big in the pig business. They are like Amish but not as strict. They were a hoot to try to sell to.