Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I know I've been bad

Let’s see, I have a lot to catch you up on. Nothing too exciting or entertaining, so I’ll apologize now.

I was visited by 4 members of my Dad’s side of the family about a week ago: Grandma, Aunt 1 (Tanta), Aunt 2 (Auntie) and my Stepmom. It was a hoot. They’re all rather lively, humorous and unique. My Stepmom was nice enough to bring me an Easter basket and we hardly put a dent in it with the 5 of us grazing on it. I think that was to distract me from some of the other things she brought me. Again – parents cleaning out their own houses and deciding to foist crap on me. Though I will admit that it is crap I wanted – a chair my Dad made for me that I played with as a child, and some wood carving my great-grandfather made.

They enjoyed their tour of Mayo. We started in my research building, which on a Saturday afternoon was pretty dead, along with the rest of the clinic buildings save for the occasional grad student or security guard. Not having ever been in a research environment before, they were tiptoeing around and whispering. It took a while for them to realize that they weren’t doing anything “illegal” by getting a tour from me – but the key-card access and “Staff Only” tunnels really impressed them. It wasn’t long before they realized that their jokes sounded even funnier as they reverberated through the stories-high atriums and lobbies.

That night was like a sleepover party with plenty of talking, laughing, whispering and farting going on before they eventually fell asleep. Did I mention they were humorous and unique? Yeah. We finished off the weekend with some antiquing and a fruitful stop at TJ Maxx. I had a good time and I’m glad they came. I hope they can come again when the weather is actually nice.

This past weekend I went to the hometown for Easter with Mom & Stepdad. I was able to have some company for the drive over as my Dentist friend’s husband is still living in my hometown. Turns out it only took us about 3.5 hours to get home vs. the 4 I’d been expecting – and we talked the entire time. I wasn’t sure we could do it, but we did. My throat was sore by the time we got there. My parents took us out to dinner – mostly to thank The Dentist for being my friend and being cooped up in a car with me for several hours. My parents are understanding like that.

The weekend went smoothly overall. I got to sleep in, read magazines, deftly avoid/deflect touchy topics, *and* make cheesy potatoes for my family (a variation of your recipe Rozzer!). Grandma is still selectively crazy and Aunty is definitely quirky, so we had some fun after dinner conversation over peach & maraschino cherry upside down cake. I’d never had any kind of upside down cake before, and I don’t think I will again. Too mushy for me, I like cake to be cake-like. Reminded me too much of stuffing – which I also don’t particularly like. C’mon, it’s soggy bread. I left with a trunk full of more crap. Now my parents are potentially in great need of paring down – but they’re starting to give me stuff that I thought they’d want to keep, like photo albums of me as a baby and my old scrapbooks. Parents are supposed to have this stuff on hand to brag about me, right? Well, I guess I should be looking at it as now they can’t embarrass me with these collections from my youth – but what am I supposed to do with them? My closets are already full.

But they did start up my plant collection with 2 white orchids. Well, technically. One of them was accidentally deflowered and is now a lovely stick. I also relieved them of some wooden cheese & cracker platters (one even has the classic ‘70’s Harvest Pattern!) so now I’m set to throw a delightful wine and cheese party. I’ll provide the cheese if you bring the wine. I also took an electric grill off of their hands. No, not a Foreman, but something made by Rival in years well before George ever thought of slapping his name on what’s basically a panini press. It’s got a real grill with a heating element below it – from the side it looks like a decent chili pot. I’ll be curious to try it out – especially since I’ve been craving kabobs. Oh, and since it’s been snowing here and I won’t be partaking of any grilling outside any time soon.

My MN driver’s license finally arrived. The picture is better than I thought it would be – my eyes are fully open this time. Don’t worry, I’m hanging on to my WI license for comparison. The only thing that’s wrong with the new one is that my signature is all squished. I know my nice German name is quite long, but now it doesn’t look like my signature anymore. Another reason to hang on to the WI license.

I’ve actually started doing work in the lab. Nothing too exciting – just pilot experiments to put me through the motions of the new techniques and methods I’m learning. The boss got back from his Hawaiian vacation this past weekend, so it’ll be nice to show him my progress. I was even working with radioactive materials! My first time! Totally not as scary as I thought it would be. I’ve also started on the work for my old boss. He’s being a jerkface, but what’s new? Just solidifying my distaste for academic science.

I’m looking forward to this weekend: I’ll be visited by a friend I’ve had since 4th grade. Should be fun … if it actually stops snowing.


Blogger Jessica said...

I completely forgot about that nickname!

9:50 AM  

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