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 World....it 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 position....it 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

Finally

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....http://www.houseofbrides.com/product.php?productid=17336&cat=485&page=2
It does not show the actual color scheme, but you'll get the general idea. I get fitted for it in a few days.... :)