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The GRE, Marriage Equality, My New Niece, and Kidrobot.

Today proved to be a very good day for me.  I took the GRE and did pretty well.  All I will say is that I got the same score on both of the quantitative and verbal sections.  After stopping to pick up some booze for this weekend, I came home and started to clean the apartment in preparation for Daniel’s family’s visit.  I picked up Daniel from work, we came home and he made me an appletini in one of the fancy new glasses he bought specifically for that purpose.  It was so good.  He makes the best mixed drinks.

Then he made dinner, which consisted of marinated chicken, cheese risotto, and steamed zucchini.  This was definitely one of the best Shabbat meals we’ve had in a while.  After dinner, we went for a walk and Daniel bought The Juggernaut action figure.  This made him very happy for the rest of the evening.  We came back to the apartment and watched one of the best film noir movies I’ve ever seen.  It was 1944’s Murder, My Sweet and it had all of the classic film noir elements, but with a truly charismatic lead.

To top it all off, New York State has passed a gay marriage bill (finally!) and I have a new niece as of about 2 hours ago.  Unfortunately she is still unnamed; my brother and sister-in-law have been debating names for a very long time.  I’m pleased to report that everyone is healthy, and I can’t wait to meet the newest addition to our family.

Mmm, appletini.

One last thing before I leave you:

If you live in the Rochester area and collect Kidrobot or other blind box figures, Park Avenue Comics & Games is having a trading party tomorrow, June 25, from 4pm-6pm.  So if you have duplicates, come try to trade with other collectors for something you don’t have.  They just got in the new Dunny 2011 series earlier this week, so come get them while they are still in stock!  In addition, if you are curious about Kidrobot products or are thinking about starting your own collection, tomorrow is a great time to stop by since all Kidrobot products will be 20% off during the trading party.  If you’ve never been to the shop, they’re located at 713 Park Avenue, next to Chester Cab pizza and Living Color tattoo studio.  I look forward to seeing you there!



I’m not going to spend a lot of time updating tonight because I don’t have too much to say.  Tomorrow I go and take the GRE, and on Saturday Daniel’s mother and sister will be here.

I'm excited to Daniel's mom and little sister. But I wish I were in Durham.

GRE Prep

Yes, I’ve been planning on taking the GRE for a while.  But now it’s actually happening, on Friday morning.

I took a GRE practice test this evening, rather than going to Game Night.  This is kind of a bummer, but it was important that I actually get through a full test before going on Friday.

I took the Princeton Review’s GRE CAT practice test.  It simulates the real conditions of the GRE on the computer.  As you can imagine, this is very helpful.  I will not be going in on Friday having no idea how it actually looks.  I took it pretty quickly, to be honest.  I’m most uncomfortable with the essays, but that’s only because there is no way to receive feedback on them until you take the exam.

My verbal score ended up being 650.  This is pretty good actually.  My math score was only 550.  Why?  I made a lot of silly mistakes at the very beginning of the exam, and the way a Computer Adaptive Test works is that it adjusts your score after each question, and the level of difficulty of the next question is always determined on whether you got the previous question right or wrong.  Also, as you get further into the questions, they will count less and less towards the end, so it’s in my best interesting to get the questions correct at the beginning of each section.  It’s pretty unheard of to get a math score that much lower than a verbal score.

If nothing else, I’m much less anxious to go take the exam now.  Wish me luck!

Must remain calm.


Daniel and I are learning the meaning.  Work for 8 and 1/2 hours, come home, cook dinner, make lunch for the next day, wash dishes, shower, sleep, wake up and do it all over again.  And somewhere in there we need to find time to study for the GRE.  Forget fun time.  So right now we’re both burning out, and aren’t having much of a summer.  I know by the end of this month, once the GRE is over, we will feel better and have more time for ourselves.  But right now…it’s just exhaustion.

The bridge in Fairport.

Meliora Moments and Anxiety

I think it is natural that I’m suffering from a little bit of anxiety right now.  I’m going through a huge transition phase in my life.  This is exciting, but really scary.  I will be graduating from college in just over a month.  I remember when I first walked through the doors of my freshman dorm, Susan B. Anthony Hall.


I lived here.

I was the most excited I had ever been about anything.  The fit felt perfect, and I thrived.  I thought hoped it would never end.  My undergraduate experience was phenomenal, except for a few hiccups.  I loved most of the classes I took, but naturally my favorites were all of the biology classes.  After completing more than half of my sophomore year and debating between a degree in Biochemistry or Molecular Genetics, I decided genetics was a better option for me.

Now, I am about to graduate.  I have my first job interview on Thursday for a lab in the UR Medical Center.  This is causing me a great deal of anxiety.  I keep asking myself “What if I don’t get the job?  What if I do get the job?!”  At the same time, I’m very excited for the changes that are about to happen.  I am going to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree, the first in my immediate family to do so.  It’s just a little overwhelming when you are trying to find a job, study for the GRE, and coordinate everything that needs to be done before my graduation, in addition to regular weekly class stuff.  But, as with everything else in my life, I know that I will get everything done on time and I will be okay.

Back to Rochester…and reality.

Coming back to Rochester was very difficult, especially because both of us have so many things to do.  I am buckling down and studying for the GRE, which I hope to take by the end of this month or the beginning of next month.  I know that I should just sign up for a date so that I have a concrete deadline (and Daniel points that out to me every time I grumble about it), but I’m too afraid that I will do this and then slack off and take the test unprepared.

I also sent my resume to a few more places this evening.  I’m prepared to not hear back from any of them, but it would still be nice to feel acknowledged, whether in a positive or negative way.  I just want to know that they’ve received it, even if they don’t want to hire me.

I’m in a strange state right now, where I feel a bit overwhelmed by everything, but I’m also really excited about it too.  Graduation is coming up, which is a big deal.  I will finally have my degree.  I’m excited to get a job and I really want it to be biology-related, because I miss doing biology things.  Eventually Daniel and I will move down to North Carolina together, which is thrilling because I love it there.  I feel like there are a lot of good things coming my way right now, but I’m nervous about completing all of the things I’ve taken on this semester.

And do you know what would make all of this so much better?  If the weather would just cooperate, I would be so much happier.  It was so hard driving back to New York yesterday, because the more north we got, the more gray it was.  It’s been a long winter.


Why is it so bright? Oh yeah, that's sunshine. I'd almost forgotten.