Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodbye '05

Another year slips by, oh-so-quickly!

A quick review of the year...

This was my first complete year being out of school and on my own, and I think it has gone pretty well. My job searching ended early on, and I managed to land a position with a salary, retirement plan, and health insurance. That was all I was really hoping for at the time, to get a taste of adulthood, responsibilities and supporting myself (wait, WHY did I want that again? I can't quite remember anymore...). Along the way, I discovered the biologist and environmentalist in me, realizing how much science really means to me, and I think that discovery is more important than anything else I've done this year.

Squeezed into the 40-hour weeks, I've managed to have a little fun too. Going to to NYC and hanging out with Leo, Jun, Terrin and Chrystal, and seeing Chicago on Broadway. Seeing the blooming wildflowers in Death Valley, camping at McGrath, partying in Vegas. Going on the Death Boat 2005 cruisin' adventure, and camping in Baja. It's been a good year, and I hope '06 is even better.

All the best to everyone this next year, hope your dreams are fulfilled and life brings you much love and happiness! Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2005

Merry Day After Christmas

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

I'm sick and felt like poo the whole weekend.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

For the record, "fishes" IS a word!

The other night, a friend was over and browsing the books on my shelf. When she came across one of my textbooks, titled 'The Diversity of Fishes', she laughed and mentioned that one of her professors would cringe at seeing the word "fishes". This comment kind of annoyed the biologist in me (more specifically, the marine scientist in me). I understand that people who are not familiar with the use of the word (which I think would constitute most people) would consider it poor grammar or a grammatical error. But trust me, when used in the right context, "fishes" really is a word! Note the following Wikipedia article:

Note on usage: "fish" vs. "fishes"
"Fishes" is the proper English plural form of "fish" that biologists use when speaking about two or more fish species, as in "There are over 25,000 fishes in the world" (meaning that there are over 25,000 fish species in the world). When speaking of two or more individual fish organisms, then the word "fish" is used, as in "There are several million fish of the species Gadus morhua" (meaning that G. morhua comprises several million individuals). To see both in action, consider the statement "There are twelve fish in this aquarium, representing five fishes" (meaning that the aquarium contains twelve individuals, some of the same species and some of different species, for a total of five species). The usage of the two words is similar to that of the words "people" and "peoples".

Monday, December 19, 2005

Boat Parade

Joined Jen & her family on their sailboat this past Saturday to watch the boat parade/parade of lights in Alamitos Bay. It's where people decorate their boats with holiday lights and drive them around in a parade on the water. It was fun seeing the lit-up boats, but what was even better was checking out the lifestyles of the rich and famous--looking at all the mansions along the water on Naples Island. They're all very expensive and beautiful houses--my favorite was one that had four huge windows on the first floor, and each window had a differently decorated christmas tree in it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

"Love is a Force of Nature"

Saw Brokeback Mountain last night. It was moving, heartbeakingly haunting. Those are the few words I'll leave it at, since I'm still sifting through my feelings about it...

When you all have the opportunity (if or when it's in wide release), definitely check it out.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Twelve days of...

Working, not Christmas. Yep, I've just completed working twelve frickin days in a row, and am so excited that it's finally over. I had a whole weekend off (what a concept!)--it was a very short but much needed break. The past two weeks were not-so-great, with car problems and work issues, but I survived. Good thing tomorrow is a new week, and a fresh start!...