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so i'm finally starting to settle into my job and get a routine down, and as such i found time to start editing my pictures from the christmas trip. on new year's eve, we went to see emily's friend wally's band, screaming sunday, play. they were awesome! here are some of my favorite pictures.






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hello from new jersey!

em and i got here safely last monday. we drove houston to mobile, alabama and stayed in a surprisingly nice la quinta. the next day we headed to atlanta and went to the botanical gardens, where i got some good pictures of the orchids (just about the only thing blooming), and the aquarium, where i finally got to see whale sharks! they're huge! and they have a program where you can dive in the tank with them, so we are so going back so i can do that! some people were diving with them while we were there so we could see how big the whale sharks were with something we knew the size of for reference. and they are BIG. and so very cool. stayed in a four-star hotel and feasted on steak and seafood and felt quite fancy.

the next day, we drove to richmond, virginia, and stayed in an AMAZING hotel. it was gorgeous., people. four-star hotels for $50. and, we got there about 12 hours after the giant snow had stopped, so it was a winter wonderland. it looked like something out of a postcard. i'm still going through the ones out of my real camera, but i took these with my phone.

the following day, we headed up to new jersey. we drove through baltimore and i got a couple of fun pictures.

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Nov. 12th, 2009 01:40 pm
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i can't believe i forgot to mention this! i got a sweet new camera before we went to arizona! it's a canon 7d and it's awesome!! it's freaking huge and heavy, and thus has been named beefy. what's nice is that the kit lens that came with it was a lens i was actually planning on purchasing for $600 before i knew the camera was coming out, and with the camera it was $200. score! it's a nice lens, too. i had fun with it on our trip. i also like that the camera does hd video. i took the video below on az87 going north out of scottsdale. it's a nice, winding road that goes through the mountains. makes for nice views, though it was a bit bumpy. the song is "that's what's wrong" by good old war. a larger version is on youtube.

AZ scenic drive from Heather Dalton on Vimeo.

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we had some spare time in arizona so we spent a few hours at the phoenix desert botanical gardens. they had a monarch butterfly exhibit, and i got some pictures of all the cactus and desert plants.









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the next day we left the harvard hotel, drove by the fort davis city hall building, and took the scenic route back to i-10 through the davis mountains.







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on our way out to arizona from houston, em and i stopped for the night in fort davis, tx. we saw a gorgeous sunset with some amazing mammatus clouds and stayed in the fabulous harvard hotel.










Nov. 7th, 2009 05:28 pm
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the interview at lpi went really well! i have a second interview this coming wednesday, where i'll meet with the group i'd be working with and perform some sort of task. there also will be lunch involved, and the whole thing is supposed to take about four hours. i'm slightly terrified. this job would be perfect for me. it's coordinating planetary science education for everyone from girl scout leaders to college professors. and, lpi is all of five minutes from my house, so i'll be spending no money on gas instead of having to buy at least two tanks a week, and my health and dental insurance benefits start the day i start. they're all smart, funny, passionate people and i would love to work with them. i'd be sharing an office with one other person and have one whole wall of windows, where i can see all the deer that run around the building. all freaking amazing things. so hopefully i'll rock at whatever task i have to do and they'll hire me.

in other news, my thesis is just about finished. i'll be sending it to my advisor this weekend, and then my thesis committee gets it on friday. defense is the 24th. uggghhhhh. but after that, sara's coming in for thanksgiving on the 25th. we're going to go see 2012 (i am absurdly excited about this movie!), and i'm cooking thanksgiving dinner. i make a mean turkey. and badass mashed potatoes and chocolate pie. em makes sweet potatoes and a rocking pumpkin pie. and sara's bringing some fancy cookies from a place called tiff's treats. should be an awesome meal. and texas plays texas a&m so we'll have some good football to watch, too. the next day sara's going back to austin, and em and i are decorating for christmas. since we're going to new jersey for christmas, we're decorating as soon as thanksgiving is over so we'll have time to enjoy it before we leave. then i'll have to get to work on my thesis corrections. finished thesis is due to the graduate office on dec 4, which is also the last day of classes, so the following week all i'll have to do is office hours a couple of times, and maybe a review session or two for the final. so exciting. then to austin the week after that for a couple days for various and assorted doctor, dentist, and hair appointments, back to houston for more doctors and packing, and then leaving for new jersey on dec 18. good stuff. just have to get through the next two and a half weeks.

now back to formatting my thesis, as the formatting elves did not come and finish it for me while i was at target. sigh.


Oct. 22nd, 2009 03:01 pm
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the arizona trip was great, though exhausting. i'm slowly making my way through all of the pictures. i'm editing the pictures from beck's wedding and vintage-vegas-themed party, and then all of the pretty pictures i took for myself. below is a 7-image panorama of the desert at sunset in lost dutchman state park, taken after the wedding. click it for a larger view.

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the rear-ending incident resulted in my back muscles being sprained. weeee. i've got some muscle relaxers, and the doc only wants me at school for half days. i'm supposed to spend the rest of my time lying down resting my back. since i've got group meeting at 5 today, i'm just now getting to school, which is nice. mwf i ta from 9-10 so i have to be at school early, so then i leave at 2 or 3. a bit more than a half day, but oh well. i've got stuff to do.

all of my reading groups and group meetings have been moved to the afternoon except for one at noon on fridays, freeing up my lunchtimes. em's been coming and picking me up for lunch one or two days a week, which has been really nice. it breaks up the day.

the class i'm ta-ing is a 101 class with not a single science major among them, which is not uncommon. what is uncommon is that they're asking thoughtful questions and actually putting in effort to understand things. i even got emailed questions about the first homework assignment. i'm used to sfa and asu students who barely show up, ask questions that just show they weren't listening and hadn't read anything, and don't ask anything outside of class until right before an exam. this is a nice change. i expect that from upper-level students but i was pleasantly surprised getting it from freshmen liberal arts majors and football players.

i got a 32-inch samsung lcd tv for the bedroom this weekend, and em got a new dresser. it's so pretty! we had the 42-inch in the living room and then my old crappy tv in the bedroom that's dying so it's very dark, and red and black are pretty much the only colors. the new one is so big and bright and vibrant! no more, "i want to watch this show/movie, but i want to lie down so i have to pick because it's too dark to watch in the bedroom and see anything." exciting. :)

found a new band, at target of all places. i was listening to their demo music on some bose headphones and heard "tell me" by good old war and "best of everything" by barefoot truth. so i got their cds off itunes and they turn out to be great working music. and good driving music too. a lot of good things have come from target. the tv was $50 off there. and it turns out they have really amazing meat in their grocery section! we usually get everything from heb, but we were picking up a couple things and were at target anyway so we went to the meat section. they had fantastic looking steaks so we got a couple and some corn and french bread. went home and i grilled everything up on my tiny little grill on the patio. YUM. the steaks were juicy and had great flavor, the grilled corn was nice and smoky, and the garlic bread was toasted. i also made homemade mashed potatoes, and em made an apple pie. we had a feast. it was fantastic. i'm glad we have the little grill now. i've missed grilling. and as fall comes and it gets cooler it'll be even more fun. woot. it's also small enough to take camping, if we ever find the time. this fall is pretty packed.

my cousin erin is coming in this weekend for a visit. em is taking me to see britney spears (i know, i know, but she loves her and she bought my ticket.) wednesday. the following thursday we're going to see blink 182 with fallout boy, the all-american rejects, and asher roth. october 8-12 we'll be in arizona doing the photos for my friend beck's wedding and post-wedding party. october 17 em is competing in dragon boat races with her company. october 23-25 we'll be in austin doing portrait sessions and seeing people. october 31 we're going to see brand new in concert. november 14 we're seeing ludo. em's dad might be coming to visit sometime in november. december 4 is the enlightenment? banquet my dept holds. december 12 we're seeing kelly clarkson is the thriving metropolis of beaumont. then in late december we're taking a giant road trip from texas to new jersey/new york/pennsylvania for christmas. stops in atlanta and washington, dc, probably on the way back. it's busy. i think camping will probably have to wait until the spring.

sara got a new car yesterday. a steel-colored civic hybrid. i'm glad. she's been driving a kia for several years and it kept breaking and had some pretty major problems, like not being able to stop in the rain, even with new tires. i always worried about her when she had that car, so i'm glad she's gotten something more dependable. she has yet to send me pictures though. i'll have to get on her about that.

we had some storms come through last week and i got a couple pictures of the light shining from outside through rain on the window onto em's face. i think they turned out pretty cool. just slightly blurry from the long exposure.

it looks like i'm going to get some work in houston for a change! i was telling one of my geology buddies about my website, and another girl that's in the dept was there and said that she and her fiancee hadn't gotten their engagement pictures done yet. i sent her my website so she could see my stuff, and we'll see what happens. it would be nice to have something local, rather than traveling every time for a shoot.

back to work.


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.


Apr. 12th, 2009 10:40 pm
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we went to california for the annual petrology field trip. it was a good trip, though exhausting and freezing cold. there was a point on a ridge where it was about 40° with 100-110 mph wind. i got a badass picture of mono lake and the sierras from that ridge though. and then the next morning, it was 25°, 60mph wind, and snowing. it was the kind of cold that was painful. so that part wasn't so much fun. but, at least we weren't camping. and, i got some cool rocks and even made it through security with them. some of my favorite pictures are below. the rest are at facebook, and the ones of just the scenery are at flickr.

the sierra nevadas from the air. iphone pic.

the golden gate bridge and san francisco

california poppies

ophiolite sequence near san francisco

tahoe national forest

iphone panorama

snow in the sierras. iphone panorama

donner lake. iphone panorama

donner lake. iphone panorama

lake tahoe

mono lake and the sierra nevadas at sunset with 100-110 mph winds. iphone panorama

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when em and i were in austin last weekend, we hooked up with sara and went to the 81st annual zilker kite festival. it's funny how they made such a big deal about being the 81st annual, like the oscars did, but i don't remember anyone making any fuss about the 80th. anyway, the part of the park where they had the festival was a big bulldozed mud pit because they're putting in a sprinkler system (see picture below), so they had everyone spread amongst the smaller open areas. not as cool as last year because there wasn't a nice backdrop of downtown behind all the people flying kites, but it was still a good time. tons of crazy austinite with all their babies and dogs. some pictures below, the rest on facebook.

i also like that i can tell in pictures of myself that i'm losing weight. i can't tell from day to day but if i compare pictures from the last week with some from christmas, it's nice to see the change.
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some pictures from my trip to central texas a couple weeks ago. flickr sets here and here.

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i bought these new teva sandals for the canoeing part of the new grad trip this weekend. they were half price since it's apparently not sandal season anymore, even though it's still above 80 degrees outside. i also got a new long sleeved texas longhorns tshirt and a new pair of cargo pants, also on sale. go me.

i set up the tent we bought awhile back but haven't used yet last night in the bedroom, which was interesting as it took up all the available floor space and was still a little too big. so i think it'll be fine when i'm out in the open and can have room to walk around it. it's really quite spacious. i'm excited for christmas. if the temperatures are still reasonable, em and i are going camping west of austin, near where the new grad trip is this weekend. she's got the whole week around christmas off, so that's exciting. even if the camping doesn't work out, it'll be nice to have some time to relax.

i got a new betta fishie, pollux. he got a fancy new bowl and some colorful rocks and plants. seems to be a lot happier than he was in the little plastic tupperware-container-like bowl at the pet store.

a month from today we'll get the keys to the new apartment! i'm excited! we'll be moving over the course of about a month, but i can't wait to get out of here so i think we'll be getting as much moved as soon as possible. then we'll be all settled before christmas.

this made me chuckle.

i think i'm done making a giant table summarizing all of the trace element data for all of the phases in my meteorite. it's huge. i'm proud of it. i need to next figure out how to break it up in a logical manner so it'll fit on actual pages. and i have a couple plots i'm making out of it. i'm actually making progress on my paper, which feels good.

going to run out to target and get a headlamp for my trip and then work some more. weeee!
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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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i went here today! and didn't plummet to my death! and (hopefully) managed to get some good pictures (uploading now). then to a "bbq," composed of grilled salmon, salad, potatoes, wild rice, and a bunch of vegetables. and then a hike down a really steep trail in a forest to catch sunset on the (nude) beach. and then back up in the almost dark. weee canada!
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these are from my trip up to minnesota for emily's masters graduation. we went on a boat ride on lake superior, walked on the beach, and hiked around a waterfall.

emily and i went birdwatching with her mom

we went to dinner before going to em's graduation ceremony

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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....
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i went on a field trip for one of my advisor's classes to eastern california. we pretty much drove the entire length of the state. i took a ton of pictures and here are my favorites.

sunset on our way out of houston

tiny purple flowers

anyone know what this plant is?

looking through my handlens

more day 2 )

kyle doing sunrise yoga

mountains and desert


more day 3 )

it's cold near the snow-capped sierra nevadas in the morning!

checking out granodiorite brought down off the mountains by glaciers

a small plane flew overhead

more day 4 )

giant snail outside the hotel!

happy to be going home

air streaming over the wing
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i survived the california trip. got some good rocks and great pictures. i'll make a picture post at some point with my favorites.

this week is crazy.
today... make themis powerpoint. dishes. laundry and clean up my room.
tomorrow... give themis presentation in remote sensing. do az taxes online. food and group meeting? pay cable bill. work on cin-ty's homework. go to seminar. work on homework. laundry and clean up my room. scan taxes.
wednesday... go buy stamps. mail taxes. atmosphere class. finish cin-ty's homework. work on remote sensing venus lab. dinner with lisa.
thursday... remote sensing class. finish remote sensing venus lab. start remote sensing project. work on adrian's homework. go to seminar. work on homework. clean up living room.
friday... group meeting? finish adrian's homework. work on remote sensing project. beer friday.
saturday... apartment hunting with christi in clear lake.
sunday... maybe staying up with christi, not sure yet. working on remote sensing project if not.


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