Tuesday Meme

Nothing cures a blogging slump like a good meme….

The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

Wow 10 years ago I was living in Northern Illinois and working in drug discovery for Abbott Laboratories.  I had just finished my first NMR structure of a protein that was pretty important at the time.  Important enough that the group that beat us to the structure by a few months published their structure in Nature, and so I had to settle for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences* — but that’s cool.

I was also about the mid-span of my time with She Who Must Not Be Named, though at that point I think she was more like She Who Is Causing You To Second Guess This Whole Thing – but that would still take a couple of years to play itself out.

2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?

Prepare for upcoming prioritization meeting with direct reports
Write up latest results
Meet a friend I haven’t seen in a year for lunch
Prepare slides for upcoming presentation
Practice piano

3) Snacks I enjoy:

Cheese and crackers (I’ve been really digging the big block of manchego cheese from Costco – though I will consistently mispronounce it as ma-cheng-o for reasons that I can’t quite identify), nuts (almonds and crunchy peanuts), gin.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:

The self-indulgent things I would do would be to have a house on the shore, in the mountains and in a big city, and travel travel travel.  Once I scratched that itch enough I’d donate a lot of my time (and that extra dough) to literacy programs, food programs for the poor and natural-space conservation efforts.

5) Places I have lived:

Camden NJ, Newark DE, Chapel Hill NC, Wilmington DE, Gurnee IL, San Diego CA.

6) Jobs I have had:

Janitor, paperboy, car buyer for leasing agency, college cafeteria worker, mass spec technician, organic chemist, biochemist-biophysicist, research program team leader

7) Bloggers I am tagging who I will enjoy getting to know better:

I thought I'd tag a few of the newer folks in my Neighborhood….SinCity Blonde; Jack Yan; Kellysouth; and Eli's Dad


*which has the unfortunate (and snicker-inducing) acronym: PNAS

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12 thoughts on “Tuesday Meme

  1. I would totally join you for that snack as long as I could have wine instead of gin. (Actually, I've never tried gin.)
    I also did the college cafeteria worker thing. Did you have a specific job? I was on dining room duty and usually ended up scooping ice cream. When we'd go crusing the guys' dorms – I mean, visiting our guy friends – I'd hear, "Hey, you're the ice cream lady!"
    That was a fun read. Oh geez – after 10 minutes I finally got the PNAS thing. **Snicker**

  2. Never tried gin? That very thought makes me sad. Not even a gin-and-tonic? That really is the classic summer drink. But yes, when you're around for snacks, you can always choose wine.
    In the cafeteria, I was all dishwasher!

  3. A gin drinker! Yay! I'm so curious about gin, I've got gin here but I didn't buy it and it's a cheap brand. I don't mind spending money on a bottle of good stuff. Beefeater? Bombay Sapphire? Tanqueray 10? Where does a virGIN start?

  4. (Fish)!! — as with good cooking, good drinking starts with using quality ingredients. I think that Bombay Sapphire is a great place to start… its really clean, has excellent flavor, but isn't super-botanical like some of the new specialty gins being made.
    The true test of any gin is a simple martini, though the chelsea sidecar is also really good and lets the gin flavor shine — though the gin-and-tonic (1:2 – 1:3 gin to tonic with a squeeze of lime) is hard to beat on a hot day.

  5. Rachael Ray recently made a sauce for her stuffed poblano peppers with manchego cheese and I've been wanting to try it. I'll have to go to Costco and pick some up!
    Nice info to add to my "library of Steve-knowledge"

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