1) I wrote my qualifying exam, which was a big 'ol thesis proposal, and had to defend it to my committee. I was successful! I won't tell you about it because, frankly, I know you don't really care. It's okay, though! My committee barely cares! I'll just entice you with the title:
Endoreduplication in Tetrahymena thermophila: A model of the endocycle?
Oh. I know. It's just that good.
2) Two days after I passed quals, I hopped on a plane and took off to KC then traveled to Maryville. I spent some time with my great-niece and great-nephews.
Athena and I are being models:
George joined us for one shot:
Athena took a picture of me -- she's pretty good for 4 1/2, no?
Zane and Aiden wanted to be crazy (though Zane looks pretty bored by all the craziness, it was his idea):
Then the boys dug a hole. This is the aftermath:
So I had some great family time. I also got to see my sister, aunt, and nieces, but I guess they didn't really score photos. That's the way it goes when there are kids around to steal the show!
Then I went to my ::shudder:: 20 year high school reunion! It was a really great time and amazing to see so many people I hadn't seen for years! Everyone looked amazing. For the most part, the years have been extremely kind to us. Only about a third of our class showed up, though, which was sad. But I think we made a rather attractive little bunch:
So after a few days in the 'Ville, I grabbed a ride down to Columbia, MO, to...
... SEE MY BOY!!!!! (who I have not seen since Thanksgiving!!)
Aren't we cute?
So I'm here, with him, until Saturday. Then I go back to Milwaukee, repack luggage, and take off on Sunday for UC-Santa Barbara for a week-long Tetrahymena forward genetics mini-course. Whirlwind, I tell you.
So, I haven't been blogging. Sorry 'bout that. But I've got a crazy-cute boy here to love.
Sorry, but you lose. ;)