Jun. 6th, 2010 06:02 pm
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Warning: this will be very picture-heavy.

Graduation started with my parents coming into town and meeting me up at work so they could take a look around LPI and meet everyone. Then we got some lunch and headed up to my department's graduation reception at Rice. I got to see Janne and Francis before they headed back to France and one of my favorite students, Jordan.

Francis, me, and Janne (Mom's camera)

Janne and me (iPhone)

Jordan and me (Mom's camera)

It started pouring down rain as we were leaving Rice. In the case of rain during graduation the next morning, it would have been moved from the lawn inside, and only two people per student would be allowed to attend. This was a problem as I had my parents, my brother, my aunt, uncle, and cousin Erin. And since I would have been up most of the night preparing for the party at my apartment and then had to have gotten up at 5am to be up at Rice in time (not to mention my parents have seen me graduate three times prior to this one), we decided to skip the ceremony and get some breakfast and just hang out at my place. It was a hard decision for me, since it will most likely be my last graduation, and I solicited opinions from Em, Sara, Mom, Dad, Grandma, Steph... pretty much anyone who would talk to me. I think it ended up being the right decision, though. We actually ended up getting to spend more time together than if we had gone to the ceremony.

The actual party was lovely. Mom and Andy helped me quite a bit with the food. Dad even ironed my shirt because I was too busy cooking to do it. And Matthew got the plates and silverware out and lit candles around the apartment and didn't burn down the place. Erin came in and helped make spinach artichoke dip, Steph and Christi helped set up the drinks, and Justin corralled the cats into the guest room. Once all that insanity settled down, it was fantastic. We had enough food to feed a small army: puff pastry breadsticks (sesame seed and parmesan cheese), asparagus spears wrapped in puff pastry strips and baked, cantaloupe balls wrapped in prosciutto, cherry tomato-marinated mozzarella ball-basil skewers, chocolate-covered walnut cream (semi-sweet, milk, and white chocolate varieties), the aforementioned spinach artichoke dip with pita chips, an assortment of olives, some grapes, wine, soda, and beer. Most of the recipes were from a cookbook Steph lent me, and she helped me come up with some good wine choices. Juliane and Justin brought over several desserts, including a sea turtle cake (awesome!!). It was quite the successful event. Pictures are below.

some of the food

Justin and Juliane

more! )
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conversation with brian:

me: is it freezing in my building
brian: I think that was a brief dyslexic episode.
me: it is
me: yes
me: yes it is
brian: *pat pat* It'll be ok.


Apr. 26th, 2009 02:27 pm
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i finished my paper! i am currently plugging away at my homework. i have a couple small things i'm confused about so brian's on his way over and we'll see if we can work it out together. the house is spotless and the grocery shopping is done. woohoo for being productive!

so, what's left is to finish my homework, write two small critiques of papers, and type up one page of handwritten notes. easily done by tomorrow afternoon, i think. exciting!

em bought a new hat! it's spiffy!

awhile back, em entered a contest to win a car. she didn't win the car, but we had to go down to galveston and listen to a timeshare presentation, which we did not buy, and she won a free cruise to mexico, 4 nights in a 4-star hotel in oahu, $100 in gas gift certificates, and a $40 american express gift card! so we have two trips to take in the next year! along with phoenix in october for beck's wedding and new jersey for christmas, plus we're taking a cruise with sara over her spring break in march, and i've got to go to agu in san francisco in december. lots of travel in the near future! i'm excited!!

on the way back, some pelicans were flying over the gulf as storm clouds were starting to roll in, and i got a neat picture.

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we have the most interesting conversations when we're stressed and exhausted.

me: did you see my pictures?
brian: I got home at 12:45 and passed out immediately.
me: useless
brian: Sorry, next time I'll prioritize facebook pictures before sleep.
me: you better
brian: Oh I will!
brian: *hurls turtles*
me: *catches turtles*
me: *releases turtles into the wild*
me: *skips away happily*
brian: *napalms the wild*
brian: *skips away vengefully*
me: *cries in anguish at the loss of the poor poor turtles*
me: *curses the heavens*
brian: *commands his horde of zombie turtles*
me: *commands giant zombie turtle-crushing robot army*
brian: *hugs robots*
me: *robots hug back*
brian: *goes on robot/human picnic*
me: *flies kites and chases butterflies*
brian: *robot ticklefight*
me: *giggles*
brian: *chortles*
me: *frolics*
brian: *scampers*
me: *climbs a tree*
brian: *climbs a dandelion*
me: *watches you crush the dandelion and cry*
georion23: (island)
my computer broke. into pieces. so i took this opportunity to get myself a nice shiny new macbook pro. i'm loving it for the most part. i'm having to get used to a mac again, but it's faster with a bigger hard drive and some fun programs, so it's not all bad.

lisa's wedding went just about perfectly. except for the shoes. the godawful painful shoes from hell. that were also slightly big so the right one kept trying to fall off both times i was walking down the aisle. everyone i talked to said they didn't know until i told them, so i guess i played it off alright. ben was so sweet and almost started crying when he saw lisa come down the aisle and when he was saying his vows. we had fun at the reception and the guitar hero afterparty. and the next day i got on a plane to canada.

vancouver was gorgeous. my poster went well. i had a few people come by and the discussions we had will help me write my paper, so that's always good. i heard some interesting talks that i can use for my proposals, and listened to an experimental petrologist that just started at rice that i haven't met yet. his stuff actually matches with some things i'm interested in so i will probably be utilizing him and his brand new lab soon. besides the conference, we went to the capilano suspension bridge, which was awesome. giant trees everywhere, and we were right up in them. we also hiked down a crazy steep hill (and back up) to watch the sunset from the nude beach a couple of times. i had a good time. i can't wait to go back with em so we can spend time doing more fun stuff without worrying about a conference.

and now i'm back and pretty much have the rest of the summer to write my paper and come up with proposal ideas. i've got most of the figures done, and figure captions, and i'm putting together the tables. then the text. weee...

brian finally got gallery working on my website, so that's where the vancouver pictures are. i'm excited.
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woo! i am the newly-elected geounion president! and i did it even without brian's speech! and lindsay is my secretary. so, yay.

going to austin tomorrow morning. i'm driving to dripping springs because zack will be in town from phoenix and i get to meet his girlfriend. so we're going to lunch tomorrow. then i'll be spending the evening with erin. sunday lunch is with sara, and then sunday evening is mother's day/my birthday celebration with my parents and brother and grandma. then lunch monday with my mom before heading back to school. busy busy.

my birthday was fun. i went with brian to get giant slices of pizza and then we went to the pompeii exhibit at the museum of fine arts of houston. it was really sad, but really amazing. they had the plaster molds of the people that died, and one of a dog. that was the worst part i think. the dog was chained up so he couldn't run away. and it was amazing one of the children they had there, the face was so well-preserved you could see his expression. it was crazy how the ash stayed that way, so we could see his expression when he died long after he had decomposed. insane. and they had a bunch of jewelry and statues of gods, mostly mercury and apollo, and utensils, and a surgical tool set that a doctor had, all taken from the bodies or around the bodies of these people. there were also some frescos from the walls and it told how they were made. they were really intricate and it's amazing that they survived. so that was cool. and it was nice that it was a weekday because there weren't many people there. then we looked around the rest of the museum, including this crazy light tunnel and some native american art of fish and badgers in bowls. i took some pictures of brian at the end of the light tunnel.

then we got ice cream, and went by a cupcakerie to get cupcakes for later. and then we parted ways because he had to get back to work. i headed over to the sketchers outlet and got some new shoes! for supercheap!

it was a good day. time to go pack for tomorrow. weee....
georion23: (top view)
i am running for geounion (the geology organization at rice) president.  i had to give a speech yesterday and brian decided to help.  he was feeding me lines to use in the speech for about 45 minutes while i was writing mine.  i didn't actually use any of his material, but i thought i'd post it here, as it really does need to be shared with the world.  brian enjoys turtles, the fact that i can pull on a thick texas accent if the situation calls for it, and austin powers.  and he calls geounion geo-onion.


I'm Heather, and I approved this message.

Four score and seven years ago, turtles. We have nothing to fear but...turtles. I have a dream that one day, the sons of former turtles and the sons of former turtle owners shall be able to sit down together at a table of turtlehood.

Y'all bitches vote for me or you can suck it. We plead allignance, to the flakes, of the untitled snakes, of a merry cow. And to the republicans, for which they scam, one nacho, underpants, with licorice, and jugs of wine for owls. amen.

The details of my life are quite inconsequential.... Very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament... My childhood was typical: summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... In the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds — pretty standard, really. At the age of 12, I received my first scribe. At the age of 14, a Zoroastrian named Wilma ritualistically shaved my testicles — there really is nothing like a shorn scrotum — it's breathtaking... I suggest you try it.

In order to have a more perfect Geo Onion, I feel we must first focus on the Onion.  And, later, worry about the Geo.  For without the Onion, we cannot have, the Geo. Ergo, I will therefore, henceforth pontificate on the importance...of said Onion.

Oh Onion, how I love thee, let me count the ways...1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10.  My Onion-fu is far superior to her Onion-fu, and I am willing to take this to the streets!  I will rain down blows upon anyone who doesn't bear witness to my formidable onion-ocity!


closing remarks may or may not come later.  
georion23: (rice ponder)
i've been busy lately. moved to houston with emily. it's going well. apartment is slowly getting unpacked. pictures of the bathroom and kitchen. we got nice furniture from christi and johnny, such as the fabulous futon below.

there are several pictures, so here's a cut )

i've been going to rice and getting things going for the last week or so. my advisor is awesome and private school is so much better than anywhere else i've been. i'll be taking trace elements/isotope geochemistry and global tectonics, along with some research credits, when school starts.

i am working on an abstract because i'm going to present my thesis research at lpi's workshop on water in planetary basalts in november. exciting. abstract is due tuesday. it's difficult picking and choosing what to take out of an 80-page thesis to put into a 2-page extended abstract. yay condensing!

emily, christi, and johnny are all getting scuba certified over labor day, which means i get to get wet, too. i'm so excited. i haven't been diving since cozumel in may 2005. waaaay too long. i've been doing a lot of website work for my old dive instructor, ek, which has been nice, since i've had the time to put into it that i want to so it all looks decent.

i'm getting together with my college roommate, lisa, this weekend. turns out she lives all of 15 minutes away. it'll be nice to be able to see her more often.

that's pretty much everything, i think. things are going well. very much looking forward to school starting.


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