Thursday, October 27, 2005

I'll Always Want to Remember This Moment

I wrote this out on a sheet of paper on October 4th, 2005. I'm finally going to transcribe it because as you'll understand it's a moment I never want to forget.

There is a moment I always want to remember. Ellie was down the street talking to the neighbors, so I was playing with Simone (Peek-a-boo, hiding under per play table, dancing). We were listening to the Beatles White Album and dancing. I knew Simone was tired because she had been rubbing her eyes after her bath. She was so tired she laid her head on my shoulder as I danced with her in my arms, closing her eyes as we swayed together to the sound of George Harrison playing on "While my Guitar Gently Weeps." Trust, love, joy... all emotions I felt at that moment. Under the ceiling fan, the Beatles on the CD player, dancing with my sweet little baby, whose love is so simple and fulfilling. Given freely, with a beautiful smile. I know hard days come and go, and one day she'll have her own babies to feel the same way I do, but I stood there and swayed with her and thought "Please, never let me forget this moment."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

How Dirty is New Orleans?

Analyses of Floodwater Find Lower Levels of Toxic Chemicals Than Feared - New York Times

Lucky them that the levels of toxic materials is lower than suspected... or perhaps not? I only got as far as the third paragraph when I read this little doozy:
[blockqoute]The researchers, from Louisiana State University, found that the water had high levels of bacteria but that concentrations of other contaminants like heavy metals and chemicals from gasoline were no worse than what typically washed down a New Orleans street after a hard rain.[/blockqoute]

This makes me wonder are the levels actually low, or are they simply as low as they normally were (which could have been quite high). A rather misleading headline in my opinion.

Your Quiz Score: Libertarian

Your Quiz Score: Libertarian

Though I've been suspecting for some time now I'm a Libertarian, I guess my quiz results confirm it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

How Long was I Out For?

I chose the post title like someone who has been knocked out. It's been so long since I've written anything of substance. In my personal and professional life. Ellie keeps asking me if I've posted, and obviously I haven't. A couple of nights ago I said to her what I think is very true of writing in general and blogging in particular. The more you do it, the easier it is and more frequent. The less you do it, the more it sucks and is infrequent.

Work has been a difficult few months now. I've been working really hard at one particular set of experiments, and they keep failing. It's really frustrating because they are central to the project (immunosuppression caused by TCDD), I want it to work so we can finish a paper and get it out the door to the reviewers. That paper has also been in the back of my mind, but I've never gotten around to working on it. What can I say? It's not that I'm procrastinating, as there is no due date, but I just wish things would fall into place so I can get on to the next big thing.