Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year's Eve

Happy New Year's Eve!!!

This New Year's is gonna be a crazy one for me! I have a date with my bed, tv, and some sparkling apple/grape cider!! But, don't worry about me, it is exactly where I want to be and it is going to be great! For some reason I'm not feeling all that great today (what else is new, huh?), so staying home sounds even better.

Hope everyone has a more eventful New Year's than mine and be safe!!!!


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas at Home

I have officially made my first round trip drive from San Diego to Los Gatos since moving here. It was not too bad; I had 15G of music and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on cd to keep me company. I decided to make the drives at night so I would miss the lovely rush hour in LA, and it worked, but it still took me 8.5 hours each way!!! But it was worth it!

This Christmas was mostly about the pets, so we had fun watching Marlie (my Border Collie) rip open bags upon bags of toys and treats and Fat Cat getting overwhelmed by all the ribbon there was for him to chew on. My brother and I mostly got money from everyone, and no complaints here. My mom and I went shopping on Wednesday and Thursday on a mission....find me a pair of Ugg boots. Everywhere in San Jose, Santa Cruz, SLO, and Pismo Beach is out!! I also bought myself a few articles of clothing (like I need anymore) and a nice white gold necklace!

And I did get to have lunch with Susannah on Monday as well!! It was nice to see her, even though it was only for a few hours. I WILL make it to NYC at some point...i swear ;)

So, it is back to work tonight (oh joy), but I do have an interview on Thursday with an environmental analytical company in Kerney Mesa as a microbiology laboratory technician!! And they want to pay me almost double what i make at the mall!!! What more could I ask for...being back in a micro lab, playing with bugs, and making good money!!!! Keep your fingers crossed that the interview goes well. I always get the feeling that I may scare them by just how excited I am to be in a lab, but the guy I'm interviewing with sounds just as excited!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Homeward Bound

I am finally going home tomorrow!! I cannot wait! Unfortunately, though, I have to return to San Diego on Friday so I can work on Saturday, but I will have a few days to relax at home with my Marlie and Fat Cat!

I am driving for this trip, which I have not been looking forward to at all. But, now I have done something funky to my back, so I am really not looking forward to it. I have been taking muscle relaxers like crazy and decided not to go to work today in hopes that it stops spazing out, fingers crossed that it gets better before tomorrow night.

On a happier note, Angie is coming to visit in January!!!! Woohoo!!!!! I feel so loved ;)

Ok...time to return to my heating pad for now.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas at Disneyland

My friend Claire and I decided that as a treat to ourselves for successfully completing our first semester of graduate school we would go to Disneyland, and while we were at it, why not stay in a really nice hotel?!? Joining us on our adventure was her friend from Canada, Dylan, so it worked out really well for us to stay in a hotel and get up and get to the park as soon as it opened. And, let me add, that Disneyland ROCKS at Christmas time! The decorations were amazing.

Here are some of the highlights...
We got there before the park even opened, so the first thing we hit up was the Pirates of the Caribbean. Normally this ride has a huge line, but we just walked right up and got on!! The ride has changed a little since last time...there have been at least three Jack Sparrows added, and a Greggory Rush, and a Davy Jones. And let me just say that I swore Johnny Depp was standing right in front of me!! Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures on this ride, but Claire I'm going to try to snag one of Jack Sparrow.

Next came Indiana Jones. Great ride, and again, no line!!! It is basically the same as it was the last time I was there, the summer of 2001. We also took the Jungle boat ride without a line too!!! All three rides were done by about 11am.

We then moved onto Space Mountain...and I am just going to say that because of this ride and a certain someone tricking me onto it when I was 4 years old (*clearing my throat* :)~) I could not ride roller coasters until I was in high school. Another ride that reminds me of my childhood was Star Tours (although this one did not terrify me!!!)....and its been probably 20 years or longer since I stated going there as a little one and it has not changed a single bit!!

Finally came It's a Small World. Not my favorite ride, but man were the Christmas decoration bad ass!!! And I took about 50 pictures of this ride alone (including the one at the top of this post)!! Here are some of the better ones...
During the day and inside... Inside....

And now outside......

It's a Small World was amazing to see at night, but my favorite decorations were at the Haunted Mansion....Nightmare Before Christmas!!!! I could not take any pictures inside, but I got a few outside.

We saw Sleeping Beauty's castle...

We did and saw so much more than this; we were there for like nine hours, but I have gone on long enough....but, here is one more random pictures (just for mom!!)

Claire and I:

It is now almost 1am and I am beat, so this is the end of my Day at Disneyland Tour (at least for now), but hope you enjoy the pictures. I am going to try to get some of Claire's, so there may be more pictures to see soon!!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'm Done!!!

Well, I am not officially done until Friday, but I just have to write a paper for that class. I only had two real finals, and they were both yesterday. My biostatistics final was 10 pages long and we had only 2 hours to complete it, but I kicked its butt!!!!! The second final, epidemiology, was about an hour after the first, and I don't really want to talk about that one!!! Actually, it was not that bad, but not as good as I had hoped. Oh well. But, I am done until the middle of January, and it is going to be a really really busy semester. It should be really fun though, or at least interesting....I think that I am taking a class called HIV/AIDS epidemiology!!!!!

I will be coming home for Christmas, but probably not until Christmas Eve, and probably only for a few days. When is anyone else going to be in town??

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


BeadforLife is a program in Uganda that is working to help rid extreme poverty. It is made of up men and women in a village in Uganda who make handmade beads from recycled paper and beaded jewelry that can be purchased online, and most of it is pretty cool. So, check it out here. The products are fairly cheap, they have cool products, and you have the opportunity to help these men and women of this village make a decent living!!!

Friday, November 30, 2007

My First Storm in San Diego

Today we had the first big storm since I have been in San Diego...and I loved it, although truth be told, I would have loved a little thunder and lightening. Anyway, I woke up to the sound of rain outside, and it has not stopped since. Just thought that I would share this with you has put me in a good mood, especially since my migraine is officially gone!!!!!!

On another, unrelated note, tomorrow (December 1st) is World AIDS Day. I have put a link on this page to the One Campaign and their petition to the presidential candidates asking them about their plans for dealing with the AIDS pandemic and other such diseases, etc. we are currently facing. If you are so inclined, i encourage you to check it out. Their web page can be found here.

I also wanted to take a minute to say congratulations to Summer and her family for the birth of the new Haines child, and say that I hope that things are going much better now with both mother and baby and only continue to improve!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Back to San Diego

I am now back to my own house here in San Diego. I had a lot of fun at home, and actually wish I could have spent a little longer there, but there is something so nice about being able to sleep in my own new bed.

I already wrote a little about my Wednesday trip home, so I will pick up on Thanksgiving...Well, Thanksgiving is usually pretty uneventful at my house, but I think that is what I love about it so much. Its just my mom, dad, brother and I (oh, I can't forget the dog and cat because they too have a chair and plate at the table), and we just sit down together and talk about the most random stuff. It is even better now that I am only home a few days every few months, at most. We all stuffed ourselves with WAY too much food and vegged out in front of the tv while my brother and I took turns playing my dad's new PSP.

On Friday, Black Friday as its known, my mom and I went shopping!!!! We went in the early afternoon, so it was not too crowded...and the best part...she bought me clothes!!!!!Woohoo!! I love the time we spend shopping (that's kind of our thing), but it is just the icing on the cake when I also get new clothes. We also stopped by Borders in LG on the way home (and on the way back from Gap) and I ran into Summer, whom I had not seen since I was home in June!! I love running into people I have not seen in a while! Friday night, my friend Liz came and picked me up at my house and we spent the night in Starbucks just gabbing away like we used to. I was so excited to see her because I had not seen her for probably close to two years.

Saturday, today, was my flight home. I was on a tiny plane again, but that was okay. The part I did not like too much was the bumpy ride. I love flying, but really don't like the feeling in my stomach that I am on a roller coaster when I am 36,000 feet above the ground in a flying metal tube. Somehow, that is a little discomforting, but I would take that bumpy flight over having to make that drive very often. Hmm....little over an hour in the air or 8-9 hours in the car...tough call.

I actually landed about 15 minutes early tonight, but it took me like 15 minutes to catch the shuttle back to my car. And let me just say that that shuttle ride was very interesting. The driver talked to himself and laughed at his own jokes the whole way; he took the wrong turn along the way and got lost in the short term parking lot; ran red lights because he was too impatient to wait for them to turn green; and seemed to think it was fun to throw me off my seat by either taking corners too fast or slamming on his breaks.. oh well, I got back to my car ok and it was still in one piece, so no real harm done.

On the way home, I had to make a pit stop over to my friend Claire's house for us to do a little catch up on our tv shows we missed over the week at we watch together. Oh, and to make a really good ending to my little vacation home, I found a parking spot right outside my gate tonight so I did not have to carry my heavy crap too far. I am looking forward to my next trip home for Christmas!! ;)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Turkey Day!!

Just thought I would wish everyone a happy thanksgiving!! Hope everyone has a good day filled with plenty of yummy food!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Home Sweet Home

I have been up since 430 this morning, but I am finally home!! I got to the airport extra early this morning because it is supposed to be the busiest flying day of the year, but lucky for me, there was actually very few people there. I was the only person in the check-in line, so I got right up there and got my bag checked. My plane was just about the smallest thing I have ever seen...i mean I could barely stand up in it, and that is saying a lot since in my family I am known as the hobbit!! But, the flight was short and smooth, so I was very pleased. I seemed to have forgotten how nice flying can be since it has been at least 10 years since i have been on a plane.

Anyway, after I got home my mom and I went to Sweet Peas in Los Gatos for a nice brunch...then it was home for a nice nap!! Now its play time with the animals...and it won't end until I head back to San Diego :)


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fast Approaching Holiday!

I'm coming home in less that one week, on Wednesday morning!!!!! I have not been home since July and am so excited...and even better, I'm flying so I'll be there in an hour!! Woohoo!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Midterm Fun...No Really!!!

I have officially survived my first set of graduate school midterms!!! And lucky for me they were both on the same day (yeah except not really too lucky at all). The first midterm was in my Biostatistics course, which amazingly I find to be a pretty fun class considering that it is a math class. Immediately following Biostatistics I had my Epidemiology midterm, which is another fun course both because I get to study how diseases (and we know how much of a disease freak I am) spread throughout populations and I have a pretty awesome professor. Oh, and did I mention that they were both on a Monday? Anyway, after a long week of waiting for my grades on my midterms, I finally got them back today. 95% on both of them!! I really don't like to brag about my grades because I am only in competition with myself here, but I do believe this deserves a little mention...I freakin' kick ass!!! Yeah for me!!! Ok, I am done bragging now. ;)~

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

I was in class last night and we were going over some good websites for disaster planning and such and to keep us awake there were a few random videos stuck in there. Here is one of them called The End of the is an animation of how the world is going to end (obviously) but it is pretty funny stuff. Enjoy!

Also, since there was just an earthquake in Northern CA and since I am taking a class on environmental disasters, I thought that I would throw this little tidbit out there...according to a guy at the Seismology Commission for the state that we are working with in class, the idea of getting under a door frame during an earthquake is not really a good one. Apparently, all that stuff we were taught in school was just wrong because if a wall is going to collapses, the door frame is probably going with it. Instead, he says that the best thing to do is to get under something big like a table away from any windows (duh!) or, if that is not possible, get to the center of the room away from anything that can fall because the ceiling is less likely to fall in that the walls are to crumble...Such happy thoughts!!!

Finally, today was my first official job at Bath and Body Works at the mall. I actually had more fun that I expected...I just talked to people all day, and we all know how much I like to talk!!! Since it is Halloween, I got to see a few kids in costumes too!! That made me very happy since I don't expect to get any trick-or-treaters here at my place.

Just a nice Halloween image!! I thought that it was cute!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Back to School

Things here in San Diego have finally calmed down. This past week all public schools and most colleges and universities in the county were closed, but starting tomorrow school starts back up...and lucky me because I have two midterms to welcome me back tomorrow. The first one is in biostatistics followed by epidemiology. I just cannot not wait!!!

One other thing before I get back to studying...a little something for Susannah and Summer (if you actually read this). I went to the Pacific Beach on Friday night with some friends and one of the clubs right on the beach was having a costume party. Now, all 5 of us are minding our own business in our own private area on the beach when some of the club goers walk out on the the beach...actually, stumbled is a more proper word. There was a very drunkly and whorish Mrs. Claus and a man in a trench coat with a very long "member" he was swinging around and trying to put on people, followed by Wayne and Garth!! I wish I had my camera to take a picture because they were dead on, but I did think of both of you with a big grin on my face!!!

Ok, no more stalling...I HAVE to get back to studying.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

San Diego Inferno

No new news here. I have not burned yet, but I thought that I would share a pretty cool google map that shows the burned areas and the areas evacuated. I live about 10 minutes from the Qualcomm Stadium evac center located in the city east of I-15. It is pretty impressive how fast these fire have moved. Yesterday at least 2 more fires had started, and some of these smaller fires are suspected to be arson.

I just heard on the news that at least 1,200 homes have been destroyed. However, on a happier note, many people are now being allowed to return to their homes.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I Am Okay!

I am on blog overload these past couple days since there is so much action going on in the area, but seriously, I have received several emails and phone calls regarding my well being as San Diego burns around me. So, I would like to take a minutes to day that I really do appreciate the concern and that all is about as well as it can be in this kind of situation. The area that I am in is not presently in danger of the fires. The smoke is another story, but even that is not too bad yet.

As the evacuations continue to spread I cannot help but worry about all those people in the evacuation area, especially those that I know personally from my school and basically live in Ground Zero of the largest fire. Unfortunately, I have no real way to contact them, but I do have them on my mind and hope that they, and their homes, are okay.

Fire Update No. 2

This photograph from space shows smoke rising
from the wildfires in Southern California.This picture is
as of today and I am sure that it will only get worse.

Since yesterday the fires have gone a little wild. There are now at least 8 separate fires that are burning all around the city. My car had a nice light dusting of ash on the windshield this morning. They are still not close enough to me to warrant too much concern here, but my car is gased and my I have just gotten refills of my meds, so if need be, I am ready.

Classes at SDSU have officially been canceled for the day, not directly due to the fire, but rather to keep all those cars off the streets for the emergency vehicles.

I'll update again if anything major comes up. Here is a website with current conditions if you so desire.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oh, the Joys of Living in California!

Two posts in one day!! Do I really have no life other than sitting around and playing online...actually, not really, especially when tying to delay having to do homework. But seriously, there are 2 fairly large fires burning just north (in Poway and Romona) of here, not close enough to cause any fire concern here, but close enough to make it so smoky outside its like driving in a really heavy fog and deposit ash on some cars.

I know that fires and earthquakes are just part of living in California, but I just thought that I would share seeing that my house is filled with smoke stench and I almost choked to death outside while walking to my car. Oh well, that's the price we pay for living in California...Now, no more wasting time...its homework time. Score!!!

Update: Apparently the fire that is now burning near Ramona and Poway has caused the entire town of Ramona to be evacuated and is currently moving faster than the Cedar fire of a few years ago with stronger winds. I also hear that the wind gusts are supposed to approaching hurricane force over the next few days, so it is expected that the fire will cross into San Diego city limits over night. Kind of scary because I know people from school that live in those areas that are being evacuated.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2007

This morning was was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk here in San Diego, and once again I was up at 430am so I could do my part volunteering. This time, however, my roommate decided to come with me. We had a lot of fun at this walk where we worked at the volunteer check-in booth, which meant we were done with out shift by about 830am. There were not really any booths to walk around and see (and get free stuff) like there were at the AIDS walk, but we roamed around for a few minutes before coming home and diving back into bed for a nice long nap. Overall, we had a good morning even though it was bone chilling cold (ok, at least cold for San Diego) and we will be back there in 2 weeks for the next breast cancer walk, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. :)

On another note, I have still not set an interview date for the lab position I am hoping to get, but my fingers are still crossed as it did take them over a month just to respond to my resume. But, I did have my orientation day at Bath and Body Works this past week. With the exception of the training videos that I had to watch and the fact that I was in heels for 7 hours, its was actually not too bad. Definitely not something that I would want to do for a very long time, but I think that it might actually be kind of fun...for a few months. But, we are still hoping for the lab job...keep your fingers crossed for me still...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Back to the Lab...Hopefully

This is just too exciting not to post...Anyone who knows me know that I am a huge science nerd with a unnatural fascination in the world of infectious disease. About a month or so ago I sent in my resume to the Immunology and Allergy Center at UCSD for a lab tech person. I had kind of given up on it since it had been so long, but yesterday I got an email about scheduling an interview. How cool would it be for me to get back into a lab setting, which I have absolutely loved in the past. Then I got an even better email this morning describing a tiny bit about the involves working with a mouse version of the dengue fever. For you non-science folk, dengue virus is a viral hemorrhagic fever in humans. I am not sure what it does to mice, but I would guess that something similar to what it does in humans...that is why they use mice in this kind of research; their immune system is very similar to that of humans. The lab tech position, I believe, is more involved in the husbandry of the mice, but how friggin' awesome would it be to be involved in research of a hemorrhagic fever!?!! Anyway, at this point I am only scheduling an interview, but I just had to share because this is an absolutely awesome opportunity.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!!!!! :)

Saturday, October 13, 2007


I was woken up this morning by the sound of rain outside my window!!! It was so wonderful; I love just laying in bed listening to the rain. Just when I was beginning to think that I was never going to see rain again its been so long. Ok, that is all for now...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Finally Time For a Job

Now that I have been here in San Diego for almost 2 1/2 months, I have decided that it is finally time to get a job. So, I am now one of the newest seasonal employees at Bath and Body Works at the Mission Valley mall down the street. Not exactly the ideal job for someone who is studying to become a global emergency planner and responder, but it will fun for a few months....and it will supply me with a little money and keep me from spending so much time watching crappy afternoon tv.

I am actually hoping to find a job at the county public health office, hopefully within the Department of Emergency Services, but I have been told that it takes several months to get on board once I find a position. But they do have student jobs and it gives a nice opportunity to get into the county early. Luckily I have someone on the inside to help me in my search. Wish me luck!!

Lastly, I thought I would share my bridesmaid dress because it is really pretty, which can be seen here....
It does not show the actual color scheme, but you'll get the general idea. I get fitted for it in a few days.... :)

Sunday, September 30, 2007


Oh boy...this is my second blog for the day!!! I wanted to get this up because I keep forgetting. My roommate and I, along with her nieces and nephews, went to Hollywood shortly after I moved down here. We did the normal tourist thing and walked down Hollywood Blvd. and saw all the stars and the Chinese Theater with the hand prints. I was on a mission at the Chinese theater... find the newly minted Harry Potter hand, foot, and wand prints. I was so excited that I think I may have frightened a few people. Oh well, here is the picture; I thought someone may appreciate seeing it...or am I the only loser!?! :)

AIDS Walk San Diego 2007

Today was the AIDS Walk here in San Diego. I have never gone to one of these walks before, but this year I decided to volunteer. The day started off very early and a bit rough, but turned out to be a pretty fun day. Let me start at the alarm went off today at 4am at which time I got up, got ready and set off to be in Balboa Park by 445am to catch the shuttle. Luckily I only live about 10 minutes from there. I get there and the parking lot areas were not label too wonderfully, so I just park because I was told that the shuttle would come by all the lots on the map. No shuttle anywhere in sight. Crap!!! So, there I was at 445am, in the dark, slowly walking in the direction that I think I need to be going in, hoping that I would not run into anyone. FYI, for those of you who don't know, Balboa Park is known for some of the shady "business" that takes place there at night, so I was praying that I would not stumble across any of these such activities. I was in luck, however, when the volunteer shuttle showed up about 5 or 10 minutes later just up the road from me. I flagged them down and I was saved!!

I made it to my tent, the walker check-in, just in time before my shift started where we began setting up for the 2,300 people who had preregistered to walk and the other ton that decided to wait until today to sign up. In addition to the check-in we were in charge of collecting any cash donations that the walkers had with them....and let me just say bravo to some of the walkers. We had probably at least 20 people with donations of over $1,000, and one man with a $10,000 donation.

At about 900am, after we had cleaned up and packed our tent up, I decided to roam around the sponsor tables where I was bound to get free stuff!! I love all the free food, candy, pens, post-its and what ever else they always have. You can never have too many post-its!! But, back to the main goal was to see the AIDS quilt. That was my main reason for wanting to go this year. I was kind of expecting there to be one huge quilt, but instead there were large sections lying around for those who have died here in San Diego. I wasn't really expecting to be so overwhelmed by it all, but there were just so many kids on the quilts.

In addition to the quilt, there was this altar set up where you could go in a light a candle for those you may have known with the disease and a huge wall of messages written to those who have died. All in all it was a good day, or morning since I got home at just before 1000am (at which time on a normal Sunday I would be still sleeping), and I had some fun!!

Now its time to walk up a few blocks to the street to the Adams Avenue Street Fair for some music, food, and beer!!! That is if I don't fall asleep first... :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I'm Gonna Be A Bridesmaid!!!!

...At least that is the plan anyway. My cousin Erin from Chicago called me last night and asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding on April 29. I have never been in a wedding before, but it is pretty exciting for me...and for her as well since it is HER since it is her wedding after all. Plus, as an added bonus, I finally get to make a trip out to Chicago! Yeah!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Life in San Diego Thus Far

I thought that I would start off with a little science joke, so for anyone who got it...kudos to you. :) So, I have recently moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University's Graduate School of Public Health in a program referred to as GEPAR, or Global Emergency Preparedness and Response, from which I will receive a MSPH degree. I thought that I would start recording the happenings here in San Diego for anyone who has nothing better to do than read this blog because I have been involved in some pretty fun and exciting (or at least things I find to be exciting) things so far...with many more to come. Here is a short(ish) overview:

I attended a Professional Training course a few weekends ago all about HIV/AIDS Prevention. It was a course given at UC San Diego and was sponsored by many schools in the area, including many from Mexico. I sat through about 14 hours of lectures given over 2 days and covered just about anything and everything that you ever wanted to know about the virus: history, biology, virology, associated opportunistic infections, counseling of the patients, epidemiology, etc. I was one of the few student there, and despite the fact that I was in a chair for almost 7 hours straight each day, I had a lot of fun. I was in my a class learning all about some horrible virus.

Last weekend I was a Public Health Intern at an event called the Kids Care Fest in La Mesa, just east of here. It was essentially a free event for under privileged children and their parents to come to have access to basic health care screenings and interact with a variety of health care providers, but it also had a ton of games and activities for the children so they were not too bored. There was a pony ride, a rock climbing wall, a SWAT van and all the weapons they use, etc. My job at this event was to greet the families as they entered the fair and pass out the wristbands to the children that entitled them to their free lunch. I was having so much fun interacting with these kids that I stayed the entire day instead of my 2 hours shift. I cannot not wait to do this again next year. I met some of the cutest and most polite kids ever there...with the select few that looked at me trying to put a wristband on them and then screamed bloody murder like I was trying to kill them.

I have also been given the opportunity this semester to take an independent study course to work with one of the lead people in the EMS department of the San Diego County Health and Human Services, along with a few other students, to develop a tabletop exercise (otherwise known as an emergency drill carried out through scenario around a table) for a Stage 5 pandemic influenza outbreak in the dorms at SDSU for presentation to the housing people for the dorms at SDSU. This is in hopes that these people will realize that this is something that they really need to be prepared for and that they need to put together and train their own team of volunteers for an emergency like this.

Finally, next weekend is the San Diego AIDS walk. For those of you who know me know that it is kind of a joke that I would actually walk that far, but I have volunteered to be a worker this year. The only downfall is that I have to be there at 5am on a Sunday. Yeah, just a bit of a downfall, but it is for a good cause, so I figured that I could drag myself out of bed at the crack ass of dawn for once instead of sleeping in until noon. Should be a good experience and I am looking forward to seeing the AIDS I get a free shirt. Score (I am really just doing it for the free shirt...I am so just kidding). :)

I am sure there is more that I have been up to these past few months, but I am tired of typing and since it is after 130am I should try to sleep. I have a lot of fun biostatistics homework to do tomorrow. I'll update as more things come up. Sorry for such a long novel, but you chose to read it.