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Five things. [20120612|21:22]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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  • The following exchange took place in our household recently.

    Him, born & raised British: "It's chilly in here. Shall I put the heating on?"
    Me, born & raised in Hawai'i: "No, it's June. Put another jumper on."

    I still can't quite believe that this actually happened.


  • I finally posted out letters to all the people who won at the Geography Pub Quiz in April (DW/LJ). I think this sets a record for the longest it's taken me to fulfill a promise for post. My apologies.


  • All the extra Dreamwidth points I purchased have been distributed to nominated recipients (and a couple of others). Thank you to those who participated in the nominations.


  • Passenger and I recently passed the twenty-week mark together so we are now more than halfway through the pregnancy. I honoured this landmark by listening to this on repeat for a day or so. "Ohhhh we're halfway there/WHAAHOOH livin' on a prayer/Take my hand, we'll make it I swear/WHAAHOOH livin' on a prayer." THE HAIR. \m/ \m/


    [YouTube video of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer", 04:09]


  • I ran a small, last-minute, poorly organised outreach event at a school in Woodford (east London) today. There were only ten* students in attendance. I was told there were going to be thirty.

    Normally this would make me rather angry, as it was pretty far out of my way and took up half a day of work. Not today.

    As soon as I walked in the room, I saw the girl sitting in the front row turn expectantly toward the door. She fastened her eyes to my face and they strayed for scarcely a moment for the hour and ten minutes I was there. Nearly every question I posed was answered by her. Correctly. No sooner did I ask it than all the other students in the room - boys and girls alike - turned toward her to see if she would speak. I tried to share my attention equally out among the students, but it was quite clear she was the star of the set. And I could see this written on her face throughout: I am going to be her when I grow up. I desperately wanted to tell her, You already are, and you will surpass me.

    It was worth being there just for her sake.

    (Did I mention that she was stunningly pretty? I bet all the boys are terrified of her.)

    Only two of the ten students were white. And half of them were girls. This also helped make it worth while.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2012-06-13 01:32 (UTC)
Are you measuring your pregnancy each week? You should take a photo each week and then we'll turn it into a big, animated gif of you growing bigger and then smaller, like the phases of the moon!

Did you talk to the girl afterwards and give her any personal time?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-13 20:31 (UTC)
No, not measuring - I'm mostly just keeping track of which clothes still fit and which don't!

Yes, she flagged me down when I was on the way out of the room and I answered a couple more questions she had about Jupiter and the Galilean moons. :)
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[User Picture]From: purplecthulhu
2012-06-13 06:41 (UTC)
She sounds fantastic! Hope she decides to apply to Imperial as she's just the sort of student we need.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-13 20:30 (UTC)
Absolutely. I made a (very gentle) plug for Imperial and for the space & astro groups at the end, but I didn't want to belabour the point as I think they were all sold on doing science degrees already.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2012-06-13 13:04 (UTC)
I'm not sure about prenatal exposure to Bon Jovi, aren't you supposed to be playing whale song or something? :)

Yay to the outreach! That girl sounds like she's going to be a killer, metaphorically speaking, in later life!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-13 20:33 (UTC)
Yes, I think it's whale song and classical music. I've been listening to Radio 3 a lot. Got a bit bored of it last night! :P

I hope she does well. She was confident without being arrogant, too, which is pretty awesome.
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From: pbristow
2012-06-14 12:44 (UTC)
The (now teenaged) son of a friend of mine was up on stage in a live and VERY LOUD rock performance shortly before his birth. He's turned out fine. His Mum did have to work quite hard to get enough breath in for belting out "Black Powder and Alchohol", though, what with junior pushing her diaphragm halfway up her ribcage... =:o>

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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2012-06-13 22:14 (UTC)
so much of this entry made me smile very broadly, especially the last bullet point. :) i'm glad you're in the world, and that there are more like you, and yeah. just that really. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-18 16:32 (UTC)
:D Thank you. It's good to remind myself, too, that there are a lot of positive things happening in my life, some of which are even of my own making.
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[User Picture]From: cheekytubemouse
2012-06-14 03:29 (UTC)
Passenger and I recently passed the twenty-week mark together so we are now more than halfway through the pregnancy. I honoured this landmark by listening to this on repeat for a day or so.

You're adorable.

I ran a small, last-minute, poorly organised outreach event at a school in Woodford (east London) today. There were only ten* students in attendance. I was told there were going to be thirty.

That story made me happy for both you and the little girl. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-18 16:33 (UTC)
I just had my 20 week scan. I'm going to have to listen to it again. :D

Yes, I'm glad I got to be there at a time when it was clearly important to her.
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From: pbristow
2012-06-14 12:47 (UTC)
So how soon can I marry that girl? =:o}

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-06-18 16:32 (UTC)
Well, legally, now. But I suspect she's got other things on her mind at the moment. Give it a decade or so! :D
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From: pbristow
2012-06-18 21:26 (UTC)
But... but... by then I'll be even *oldererer*! [BITES LIP AND STARTS ADJUSTING TEN YEAR BUDGET TO FIT IN A WEDDING RING AND A ZIMMER FRAME]
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