- Liz got the job!!!! She'll start in early July (we think).
- She also defended her thesis on Wednesday night, and did a fantastic job. The paper itself is almost entirely complete, just a little bit of work on the conclusion still to go. So all that's left for her now is graduation (5/15).
- Oh, and her birthday, which is 5/4. I finally got her present in my hot little hands yesterday, and it is perfect. She doesn't know what it is yet, and I've promised her (and myself) that this time I am NOT going to spill the beans early! Her only clues have been the following: (1) it's something she's wanted for a long time but has never written down on any kind of wish list, (2) it's something I've been planning to get her as a combination birthday/graduation gift for a long time, but initially didn't think I was going to be able to swing due to the cost -- but then I found it on craigslist/half.com/eBay for very cheap, (3) it will help fill up 'all the extra time' she's going to have on her hands (LOL) now that all she'll have to worry about is a job, rather than school, and (4) it's related to something she's already good at, and will foster her ability to learn more and/or get better at this particular skill if she so chooses.
- I got my technology package info from Duke, and the laptop is exactly what I thought it would be: the stupid Dell Latitude E6400. The reviews call it "fast, but lots of bugs, and pretty heavy." I was holding out hope for a netbook option, since Dell has so many cool ones, but no such luck. Wish they'd just let me use my Mac. *grumble*
- The Tar Heel Ten Miler was FANTASTIC, and I think it's going to become my new Gate River Run (i.e. the race I do every spring). The course was beautiful (right down Franklin St., through the UNC campus, through some of the historical districts with gorgeous homes, etc.) and the weather was perfect. I was halfway done and felt like I'd only been running for ten minutes. And the stadium finish was awesome, too; you do a sort of 'victory lap' around the stadium, they announce your name, and then you cross the line. The post-finish was a little disorganized, but they'll do better next year. Anyway, I loved, loved, loved it and definitely plan to make it a 'regular'.
- I've done all the scholarships I can possibly do -- my last four searches have turned up nothing new -- so now it's just a matter of waiting for the results of the ones I sent out. No news yet.
- I got Duke's immunization requirements late last week, so I got my HepB and varicella titers drawn at work on Wednesday, and got my Menactra vaccine too. One of the many perks of working in the medical field!
- Earlier this week, I tried to be in a Duke clinical study (using healthy volunteers who have never had a migraine to test a drug for migraine headaches), but got turned away for being 'too healthy'. :) Apparently 90% of the population has a small amount of tricuspid regurgitation, or TR (meaning a small amount of blood 'backflows' from one particular valve in your heart rather than getting pushed through in the right direction), and that's what they were going to use as a marker for their study. I, on the other hand, don't have any TR at all, so I can't participate. (As the echocardiogram techs put it: "It's good for you, it's just bad for our study!") Amusingly, one of the techs also asked, "Are you pretty athletic? Like, do you run, or do sports...?" When I answered in the affirmative, she replied, "Yeah, we can usually tell -- because your lungs are so big that we're having a hard time getting a good view of your heart!" :) I also have a very low resting heart rate -- between 50 and 60 for most of the time I was on the table, but dropping to 47-48 during the portions of the test where I had to hold my breath, roll to the side, etc. So I don't get the $1400 I'd have gotten if I'd been eligible, but I do get the knowledge that my heart is in tip-top shape... and I think I'd probably rather have that knowledge over the financial reward, anyway. :)