In the Swing of Things

I conducted my first solo experiment in the lab last week and  didn’t screw it up! I loaded 2 96-well plates with plasma samples I prepared for cholesterol and triglyceride testing.  I used a multi-channel Pipet to load cholesterol/triglyceride reagent so the samples could be read/analyzed by a spectrometer. We are supposed to get fecal samples in the mail soon to test lipid levels… not rushing that project… I hear it’s a stinky job.

I took my first BioChem exam two weeks ago and still haven’t gotten my results!  Want to know why?  Well I will tell ya.  They aren’t finished being graded because it was a “short” answer test!  In BioChem!?  Ridiculous I say. One of the reasons why I like science is for those multiple choice exams. Not this time! Let’s just say… I’m not expecting an A.

I continue to enjoy my rotation at OMNI. I think I am better at my educational presentations. So far I’ve done presentations on food safety, vitamins, minerals, and fluids/hydration. This week I will be teaching and giving tips on how to shop/cook/plan meals for 1.

Well I better get back to the books. They are always staring at me from across the room. I’d love to hear from y’all.

Hope you have a good week! It’s supposed to be in the 80’s all next week here in Lincoln, perfect bike riding weather!

love, Vanessa

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Struggles abound! I’ll survive (with your help)

Grad school is proving to be more difficult than I expected.  Now I will be more clear.  I knew it was going to be challenging, thorough, deeper into the subject matter and time consuming.  What I didn’t anticipate is the freedom.  Freedom can be the enemy.  I, along with many of my colleagues, describe myself as a procrastinator.  This personality type doesn’t do well with freedom.  Procrastinators need urgency.  This is where the unexpected difficulty lies for me… Creating urgency everyday to move one step closer to all of my goals when they are not close enough to be on a “normal” person’s radar.

I have created a master list of deadlines, too general.  I need mini deadlines.  I am debating whether creating such a spreadsheet will take more time than it’s worth.  I guess there is only one way to find out… Or maybe I will just sit down every Saturday morning and create my to do list for the weekend and upcoming week after consulting the major deadlines for my projects.  Any suggestions?

I am also having trouble switching roles in the home!  I was the queen of the kitchen and felt as if I was pulling my weight.  It’s been difficult for me to not feel like a self-centered, self-important jerk.  I sit and read my BioChem text, answer emails, research articles and create powerpoint presentations while Joren does laundry, goes grocery shopping, cooks dinner and tidies the house.  Sounds wonderful but I have trouble with it!  Another obstacle to overcome.

A pleasant surprise this semester, I am really enjoying my time at OMNI Behavioral Health in the disordered eating clinic.  I get to learn about nutrition evaluations and nutrition therapy by shadowing the Registered Dietician and then I spend time with the day program in group therapy and nutrition education.  I really feel like this is the beginning of my professional experience… feeling like a grown up!  Finally 🙂


I’ve been waiting for the $*@# to hit the fan and realize that the anticipation of stress is stressing me out!!  Seriously Vanessa 😛  Enough is enough!  I am feeling ready to get to work after a lovely holiday weekend with my family and friends.  I think I should just get started on all of my projects, regardless of deadlines.  Keep busy, eat right, get quality sleep, stay active, and remember my loves back in sunny California!

Masquerade Party