Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
***Updated 3:15pm*** Don't be fooled by the number of comments. I still have the Orange and Yellow left. People just like to talk to me, ya know!
***Updated 4:00pm*** Ok people, I want to go down to the freakin mail room and mail all of these earrings before I head home!! I still have the yellow ones left and if no one claims them by 4:25, then I will be forced to allow someone to win 2 pairs of earrings! She will be very happy with that decision!! ;o) Who knew it would be so hard to give cute earrings away. (Yes, I know it has only been like 2 hours, I'm just impatient like that!!)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
& **Sara** from Why Rinse Chicken.
Unfortunately the cute one rarely listens to mommy and kept going in the area where wood was being cut so he had a little time out. It is so hard to punish him when he is making pouty faces like that, but I'd rather him stand in a corner than loose a finger!! We also went to the playground where Natey decided to go down the same "bumpy slide", as he calls it, for 20 minutes straight. I really gotta teach this kid some patience. Once he sets his sights on something, it is like no one else is even around. He's weaving and bobbing through the kids to get to the slide, and I am telling him he has to wait his turn, so what does he do?? He turns to the kid ahead of him and yells, "Wait, turn!" No, not him, YOU turkey! Oh well, he's not even 2, hopefully he will start getting these things sooner than later!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
A few years ago I was at a festival and discovered the coolest earrings ever. I almost don't want to tell you what they're made of because I don't want to loose you. you may guess if you want...maybe I'll reveal it later!! Anyway, they are the most light weight and super cute earrings. I went a bit overboard and bought an entire lot of them once on Ebay. I have them in every color they make. The thing about the lot I got was it had 2 of every color so every time I open my jewelry box I see the sad earrings that want to be worn looking enviously at their same colored counterparts! I know you are wondering where the heck I am going with this, but bare with me here!! I want to give some of these earrings to YOU!
I found the picture of the earrings below on line since the ones I have are still cozy inside their individually wrapped bags. I even have a couple more colors than this picture shows. So I am giving away 4 pairs of these earrings. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite accessory is. Maybe I'll even give a bonus pair to the first person to correctly identify what they're made of!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Me and my co-worker Joyce at the Grand Opening of our new lab building
So, what do I do?? This is the million dollar question. I hate getting asked this because I feel like a smarty pants trying to explain it. I work for a biotech company called Amgen. We make bio-pharmaceuticals that you hope you never need. Our drugs are for people with cancer induced anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ITP (immune disorder where your body kills your platelets) and hyperparathyroidism. My title is technically Senior Associate in Process Development, but I like to refer to myself simply as lab queen. My grandma just tells her friends that I'm a scientist. In effect I am, just without the title and pay the title brings!
So down to the nitty gritty of what exactly I do all day...
I work in a lab.
I wear the white coat, protective glasses and steel-toed safety shoes.
I do not wear a pocket protector.
I design experiments and run them.
I use statistics to analyze my data.
I run ELISAs, Gel electrophoresis, DNA assays, and HPLC assays.
I write protocols, technical assessments and reports.
I do method qualifications and handle assay transfers to and from other sites.
I do endless trainings to keep up to date on all tasks I perform.
I receive and aliquot samples from 4 client groups.
I attend way too many
I evaluate new technology.
I travel to another site as the technical advisor for an automated piece of equipment.
I make sure our drug, Enbrel, is safe for our patients.
In a nut shell I wear many hats, and bless you if you are still awake after that list!! The best part of my job, besides making a difference in patients' lives, is the fact that experiments have down time. :o) The assays I run have incubation periods, some of which I use to keep up with all of you. I would never be able to blog if I had to read everything after I got home! My husband would never see me, my son would starve and I would probably not have started in the first place. So there you have it! That's what I do.
So tell me, what do YOU do all day??
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Head on over to I ♥ faces to see all of the photographers that are way better at this than I am!!
Friday evening I made homemade marinara, pasta and garlic bread. Everything got cleared off of the table except for the basket of leftover bread. I filled the bath and called Natey to come hop in. I hear the pitter patter of his feet and then I hear nothing. Those of you who know my kid, know that hearing nothing usually means trouble. I walk back into the kitchen and peer into the breezeway to discover this. Natey had climbed onto the table and was chowing down on the garlic bread. Note to self...the climbing has begun.
Saturday was gorgeous out, so we ran some errands, went to lunch and then took Natey to Big Truck Day over at the YMCA. They had all kinds of trucks and the kids got to climb in them and honk the horns, much to the dismay of some of the other kids who were cowering and covering their ears. Natey got to explore a fire truck, a dump truck, a school bus (I know, not exactly a truck) , a tow truck and an 18 wheeler. He was geeking out getting to sit in the seat and push all of the buttons. (Excuse this pic. It was taken on my cell since my camera was dead.)
Sunday I participated in the annual MS Walk. For those of you who don't know, I lost my mom in 2001 and she lived with MS for 15 years. We used to do the walk every year (that mom felt up to it) when I was younger so I started participating again when I moved to RI. I've done it 3 out of the last 4 years. The only year I didn't participate in was when I was 7 months preggers with Nate because Aaron thought 6.2 miles would be too much. Ridiculous for someone who was already doing 4 miles on the elliptical every morning, but he rarely puts his foot down about anything, so I gave in. :o) The walk is in Narragansett, right along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
So go check out the Spring Fling and find my post. You may even meet other awesome blogging ladies along the way!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
- Your understanding of sentences and their appropriate context is blowing me away right now. When something amazes you, you say "Wow, oh my goodness!" and, after a book we read yesterday it has become, "Oh, my goodness gracious".
- Here are some of my favorite things you are saying right now:
"What that kind?" (and insert any noun after that such as noise, which is the current favorit)
"No like it!"
"Go away, momma, go away." (when I try to change your diaper or you just want to be a pill)
"My do it!"
"Oh, man!" (Thanks Dora for teaching him this little gem, and yes he uses is at the right times.)
- You are obsessed with dinosaurs. T-rex is your fave, but you also have "ceratops" and "spinesaurus" down pat too. You get upset if T-rex isn't in the bath for you to wash him.
- You can now count to 10 in English and Spanish (thanks again Dora. At least something good comes out of your annoying show).
- You have finally figured out the fork should go straight in and not sideways, although you still spill a lot of food and usually revert to your fingers about half way through.
- The hitting is slowly getting better, but I feel we still have a ways to go to get through this phase.
- You learned your first country and capital. I am going to get a big laminated wall map so we can start this country learning project in earnest!
- You are doing great with the potty training. After 2 times of #2 in the little potty, mommy got grossed out and bought you a seat for the big toilet.
IWe like this much better anyway.
- You are so polite. You always say please and thank you. You even say, "No tanks" when you don't want something. It cracks me up every time.
- When you get upset, you do this pitiful whining thing and say, "crying, people sad". I think you got this from when I tell you not to hit because it makes people sad.
- You are obsessed with finding things as we drive. You love looking for school buses, flags and garbage trucks. When we see a flag, you immediately say, "more flags!" and will continue repeating yourself until I say, "Ok, lets look for more flags".
- You only sit still for 1 thing, and 1 thing only. "Toons". You could watch Nemo over and over and still want to watch it again. I am happy this is the case, because it saved us on the last cross-country flight.
- You are in a phase of wanting to hear me (or daddy) sing songs. "Need more song, mommy", is a phrase I hear often. When I ask you what song you want, you sometimes reply with things you like that aren't even songs. Mostly, it is Nemo song that is requested, so I made one up and you seem to love it.
- It also amazes me that you know the words to all of the songs we sing. I found this out one day as I was singing and stopped for a second and you filled in the words. Now I do it all the time because it is fun.
- Whenever we drive by a park you say, "Go in there, tube slide". This gets fun because I have to tell you every morning on the way to daycare that we can go in there later, but now we have to go to Rachel's house. This seems to appease you momentarily.
- You know your full name and I can hear you saying it in your crib sometims. It sounds a bit like, "Natan Thomas CamPOLI" (you really like to emphasize the ending)!
I love you buddy and all of the things that you do. You're so sweet and kind and it amazes me that you rarely cry. I love your sunny disposition and, even though you are crazy and some times exhaust me, I am loving every minute that is the Natey show!!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
That's what Nathan kept saying all day. I tried to explain that he could just say Happy Easter, but the bunny kept on following. I gave up because it was cute anyway! I suppose I will save reasoning with him until he is actually 2. I have been killing you with long posts so I will give you the weekend in a nutshell...