a busy day

I forgot to say on my last entrey that we got our grades back and I got a 76. It' not bad but it definitely could've been better. The professor says that he does a curve at the end of the semester. Hopefully, my other grades will better than that one.

Yesterday my boss had asked to an experiment in which I would have to use morphine in 7 different concentrations, plus to those concentration adding another compound to see it's effect. Well, long story, I had to make like 14 different dilutions, plus I was having issues with other things and because of that I stayed in the culture room from 10am to 3pm, without a decent break. The longest break was about 20 min, in which I just rested. I didn't go to the seminar I was supposed to go, I couldn't cash my check and I didn't even have time to have lunch! It was horrible. Needless to say that as soon as I finished, I left the lab. but I have to count 15 slides in the microscope, which will take me days. That's what I get for being in grad school. *sighs*

On top of it all, I got sick again. Last week I had a stomach virus, going to bathroom every 30 minutes with diarrhea is not fun. So I think I have it again and it sucks!
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Kayak trip

Well, I went on the trip last friday and it was awesome! The only thing I regret is not getting in the water sooner!

Here how it went. We arrived at 8:30pm at the beach, and the tour guides gave us an overview of how to kayak properly. At about 9pm we were in the water heading to the mangrove canal that takes us to the lagoon. On our way there, I had made the mistake of telling my friend, Maria (who was going to be in the same kayak as me) that there were going to be iguanas on the mangroves so every time we would get close to one, she would scream at me to paddle the other way. lol The kayaking was so much fun. About half way through the channel, especially in the areas where the sky was completely covered by the trees, we could start seeing the bioluminiscence every time we paddles. it was gorgeous!!

About 20 to 30 minutes later we arrived at the lagoon and it was so beautiful! Every time we paddled, the water would light up. We couldn't see them very well, because there was a half moon, but as soon as a cloud would cover the moon, we could totally see them. After a brief talk about the ecosystem in the area, the tour guide said we were welcome to jump in the water and swim. I was a little hesitant because I had no idea how the heck I was going to get into the kayak from the middle of the lagoon where I didn't touched the bottom!! lol I imagined my self flipping the kayak over! lol Anyway, Maria, who wasn't planning to jump in the water, turned around and told me "should we go in?" and I said I don't know After much consideration, I said, "I go in if you go in" So she went in and I went in after her. It was an awesome experience! everytime I would kick my legs under the water, you could the fluorenscence from above. But that was short lived because about a minute later the tour guide screamed that everyone in the water should go their kayaks. :( I wish I would've gone in the water sooner!!

The kayak back to the beach was so much fun. It was basically a race which we won. :D
By the time we got back to the beach it was already 11pm. I was so tired and I got a cold the next day but it was worth it!! I would it again in a heart bit.

Now back to reality. *sighs8
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Well, finally this week is almost over. This week has be exhausting. I took he test yesterday and i wasn't as bad as I thought it would.At least I didn't leave any questions blank, which is a good sign. I don't think I'll get an A, so I'm hoping for a B.

Today was a LONG day, we basically didn't stop, from 8:30am to 4:00pm, with a couple of free hours in between, just enough to get some lunch. I couldn't get anything done at work. My boss won't be happy.

I'm so looking forward to tomorrow night! I can't wait to go kayaking and swim in the lagoon. It's going to be awesome. I wish I could take photos. Well, tomorrow is going to be a long day, but it will be worth it in the end.

I've been sick since Saturday. Apparently, I have a gastrointestinal virus. Not fun going to the bathroom every 15-30 minutes with diarrhea, nausea and stomach ache. Not fun. But I'm feeling better now. :)
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Dreading next week

Next week should be pure torture. The workshop planned for the next week is about 14 hours in total!! And there's not that much dead time as we call it when we have to wait an hour or so for an experiment to run. Plus, there's also the test next week, which I would be studying for.

The guest lecturer for next week for my RNA class wants to go a bioluminiscent bay in Las Cabezas de San Juan, in the northeastern part of the island, about an hour and a hals away. In case you don't know what that is, is a body of water that contains microorganisms that reflect luminiscence visible at night. And I'm so going!! We have to get to the area at 8pm and kayak to that bay. It's going to be awesome!! I love living here because I can go kayaking at 8pm at night in February. :P I meant to go there a couple of years ago, but the day before I got a BAD sun burn that I just couldn't bear to put on a life jacket. So I'm taking this chance and going. I can't wait!!

That's the only part of next week that I'm actually looking forward to. Too bad it's next Friday. *shrugs* Ok, Back to studying
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Happy Valentine's Day!!

Well, Happy Valentine's day!! Since I'm currently single, I don't have plans for today, except study, which I haven't done at all and the test is in a week. Yikes!!

Today has been a strange day. The assignment it was due today, after I had "finished it", I found out that I forgot to put in my sources as a references, which meant to go to the sites and find the information again so that I can at least put the link as reference. I finally emailed the assignment at around 2pm. Then I went to the bank to cash my check :P only to come back to the lab to count some cells.

I have eight slides to count and I had to stop after three and half, because I have a darn headache and I feel a little nauseous. I'll have to count the rest of them of tomorrow, which will be pure torture! I'll be all day in front of the microscope just counting and believe it or not, just sitting there, looking into the light of the microscope, you end up exhausted! At least I have my trusty iPod to keep me company during those strenuos hours. FYI, each slide has eight wells, and I need to count at least 100 cells in each well and see if the "ate" red blood cells or not. So if you do the math, that's 100 x 8 x 8 = 6400 cells! And that's if I don't over count, which sometimes happens because I don't realise I passed the 100 mark. yes, like I said, exhausting!!

I'm still at work and when I get home, I'll have to start reading the book. Hopefully my headache will have passed by then. *sighs*
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Gettting a little desperate

Well, I'm not behind in school as I usually am. I finished an assignment that's due on Wednesday, which is unusual in me to be finished with something a few days ahead. But... The first for my Celular Molecular Biology class is in a week and half!! I'm starting to freak out because I haven't even read anything from the books! So I have to read that, plus study, plus deal with my other class and work!! I don't know what I'm going to do. I always pull it off somehow, but I don't want to get stressed out! Ok, I think I'm starting to get stressed out already. so I need to get back to reading on proteins. *sighs*
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Well, It's been about a year and half since I posted on my LJ and it's about time I posted something about my life.

Well, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS degree in Biology last May and I started my MS in Molecular Biology last August. I'm still working with opioids until this May because my boss is retiring. I already talked with another doctor and I'm going to my thesis in his lab. I'm going to be working with gene that are associated with the regeneration of the digestive system of sea cumbers. I'm so thrilled to be working with sea cumbers but I only need them to extract DNA, nothing else. At least I'm going to be working with genes, which is what I wanted to work with.

Right now I'm taking two classes, in which one of those can really be two or even classes. I'm very busy with that class alone we still haven't gotten to the hard part, which is when invited professors from other universities, mainly from the US, will come and teach us something new about RNA and workshops with them which might last ALL DAY. Not fun!

Anyways, right now, University is my life. I barely have time for anything else, between classes, experiments for my lab and now those workshops. I won't even have time off, because as soon as my contract with my current lab expires at the end of May, I start working in June on my new lab starting to work towards a thesis topic.

Oh, and I'm into a LOT of TV shows, which are my escape from RL. They are Lost, Heroes, Gilmore Girls, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, The Amazing Race (once it starts), ER and others I just can seem to remember! lol

My last update was that I had a new dog, a puppy. Now he is a year and a half old and very active!! He can be a little stupid at times!! He is an outside dog, and as soon as we honk the horn of car, he comes running like crazy! lol That's a great way to call him, because if you call him by his name, he'll just look at you funny and walk away! lol ANd if he is beside the car when you honk the horn, he'll start barking at the car and even bites the tires!! So funny!! Anyway, here is a pic of him.

With the money I'm earning working at the lab, I bought myself a Dell Laptop 6400 back in September and I love it! I haven't had any problems so far and I hope it stays that way for a long time!! I also bought an iPod nano 4G silver and it's been so good with it! I can put in on while I'm working and time flies! It definitely helps me pass the time in between experimental procedures.

Anyway, I think that's all for today. Hopefully I'll update more than once a year. :P

PS: I'm sorry to have this long entry but I have no idea how to hide this entry behind a link. If anyone knows, feel free to tell me how. Thanks!

It had been a long time

It's been while since I last updated, so I figure it was about time.

Well, We got a puppy!!! It's a nice addition since our dog for 15 years, died last March. The puppy is a Schnauzer/Cocker spaniel mix. It will be interesting to see how his hair will grow. He is so cute!! He is only 6 weeks old.

Well, everything is fine at the University, except for the fact that I haven't been able to make a good cell culture. The first attempt, failed because I used the wrong medium for the cells to grow in. And now the second failed too because there wasn't enough cells to work with. So today (tuesday) I will make my third attempt on it, so you know what they say, Third time's a charm *crosses fingers*. I guess that's all for today. Ok, Now it's time for bed!
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Why me?!?!

Well, this week has been a stressful week. Last week, Dr. Renaud (my mentor in undergraduate research) asked all the new people working at the lab that have seen how to do a cell culture to do them by themselves. So yesterday I started and everything was fine until I knocked down the medium I was using for the cells. That was only yesterday. Today I had to put them in the centrifuge ot recover the pellet of cells, to put them in small wells. Well, I found that my pellet was practically inexistent. And also, that yesterday I used the wrong the medium. I was supposed to use a medium that is used for human cells (the ones I was working with), instead I used one made for rats, not good. And also, that the medium I had put the in today, wasn't prepared. So I had to use the centrifuge again to recover what was left of the pellet. This time I recovered even less than last time, if that can be possible. And if that wasn't enough, after doing the count of my cells, I was cleaning the Hemocytometer (a slide used for counting) and it slipped from my hand and broke on the floor. That thing costs about $140!!! I was so embarrassed. It's good nobody got mad, because I was already feeling pretty crappy, so we had to order a new useing the labs credit card. Hopefully I will be careful next time I'm working there. Hey, It was my first time!
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Time for an update

Well, I'm all caught with classes, at the moment anyway. I've started to work at the lab. Well, not exactly work, but I've watched the graduate student do her experiment, so that later I can do it by myself. But not just yet, I still do not feel ready to do it by myself. I really like working in the lab. I guess I'm just a science geek. *lol*

I had my first test on Thursday in my Sociocultural Anthropology class. I have no idea how I did, because I feel that I miss a couple of things on it. But I'm really regretting taking this class, because is just boring!! I don't even know why I signed up for it, but I don't want to drop it, because after this semester I'll only have five credits left to graduate. I don't want to have more, I deserve a break!!

Lately, I''ve been having a craving (no, I'm NOT Pregnant!!!) for Cereal. I went to the supermarket to see the brands and stuff and decided to by Trix. I haven't put them down since!! I'm even taking them in Zip lock bags to campus, so that I can eat them whenever I want. I'm weird, I know!! But in some way you are too!!!

It's been so hot Today!! I feel like I'm melting!!

And EJ, I know it was a couple of days ago, if not a week. But I'm sorry to hear about your Grandfather. My thought will be with you and your family. I know what you are going through, I only have one Grandmother left. If you need to talk, I'm here for you. *hugs*
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