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[ 03 May 2011 | 12:10am ]

so, quick update -

I decided that carnivore paleoecology is my passion in life, and that I would best serve this interest by obtaining my PhD at UCLA. so, I will be back in Southern California in the fall.

relatedly, I delivered my first hour-long research talk last Friday to a room full of paleontologists. I had a slightly shaky start (nerves) and had only very preliminary data, but by the end I felt sort of awesome. I really love the paleo department here; everyone's so supportive.

I'm spending the spring and summer in Ann Arbor, finishing my data collection, writing up a manuscript, and defending my thesis. pretty busy - I needed to turn down a teaching appointment because there's no way that I could teach in addition to all of this. wish me luck!

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sorta big updates [ 23 Mar 2011 | 11:30pm ]

UCLA accepted me -- and awarded me a five-year fellowship. same deal as UCSC. now I have to decide between Los Angeles / carnivore megafauna and Santa Cruz / mustelids and eels. pretty difficult choice...

shy boy / (previously) asexual smart lawyer is now my boyfriend, ahaha. like... relationship-boyfriend. it's cool; I got over my commitment phobia. his birthday was last week. I baked him a cherry sour-cream cake, went out with him for ice cream, and got him clothes.

a well liked aunt -- my dad's oldest sister -- passed away this past weekend. her funeral is this Friday, in Kingston, Ontario. tomorrow I'm embarking on a 12-hour Greyhound / Coach Canada trip so I can attend.

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grrrrr [ 07 Feb 2011 | 10:47pm ]

the fake vegan who lives in my house just ate my mochi ice cream and I AM PISSED

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[ 20 Dec 2010 | 06:35pm ]

fuck, done for the semester. I can't really complain, because I had only one final to take, but it was painful.

now: time to do the laundry, get clean, work on my abs, grab food, take care of student e-mails, and watch a movie over wine maybe.

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how I reassure myself about the future [ 23 Nov 2010 | 12:50am ]





should I neither get into any PhD programs nor find legit employment, there's always the option of moving blind to Los Angeles, California / Kimberly, Oregon, snagging a day job at a ghetto coffee-shop, and excavating stuff (i.e. gaining field paleo experience) at the tar pits / John Day Fossil Beds in my free time. I'd be so poor! but man, just... the unfettered-seeming nature of this experience sounds really appealing right now.

or applying to the Peace Corps, which I've on-and-off wanted to do since gaining US citizenship, but which family ties and my own guilt have always prevented me from attempting.

meh, there's no use worrying about this, though. regardless of the external outcome, I'll always be OK.

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references [ 22 Nov 2010 | 09:47pm ]

I didn't have much of a weekend, what with re-taking my general GRE yesterday afternoon and taking a midterm this morning, so tonight I went with Laura to see Blue Velvet at the Michigan Theater. I felt slightly more cultured afterwards. then I went home and popped open a PBR.

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the vaguest [ 19 Nov 2010 | 01:57am ]

this year I'm spending Thanksgiving with relatives in Holland(, Michigan) again. this time though I might be bringing one of two potential special guests! ... uhh.

how do I get into these situations =_________________________=

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STRESS [ 13 Nov 2010 | 12:18am ]

yesterday: adviser and I found out that after this year I can no longer apply for a NSF pre-doctoral fellowship, which means that I should apply either right now or never; consequently, much agonizing on whether I should cobble together a proposal at the last minute, terminating in a literal nightmare; anxiety's even higher than I thought, seeing as I haven't had nightmares regarding academia before. today: 8am start, 5pm end; worked on personal statement, shot off a barrage of e-mails that were each about 500 words long. tomorrow: re-taking the bio GRE in the morning, then modeling (lolwtf?) for Cat's fashion-photographer friend in the afternoon and attending a friend's art exhibition opening in the evening. Sunday: rescuing some fish and cleaning out the pond.

Cat is so sweet! she knocked on my door and asked if I wanted a fish-ball. no, but I need a pencil for tomorrow, I responded. so she went away and then came back with both pencils and fish-balls. made my day.


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[ 19 Oct 2010 | 12:30am ]

haha, ok.

me: I invited my new friend over for dinner because he's new in town and I thought it'd be nice to have him meet some folks
house-mates: we thought it was a date; it looked like a date

=_______________________________= no way. if there's anything still very Filipino about me, it's my impulse for hospitality and courtesy, even to individuals whom I've just met. but people here, even my close friends, seem to read it the wrong way :(

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[ 17 Oct 2010 | 09:21am ]

at Afternoon Delight with Laura and Mari, in line for brunch. it's like Disneyland! -- in that the line's out the door, and then we get into the door and are all like OK SWEET, but then it turns out that the line actually continues into the store.

microblogging, brought to you by hunger.

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