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At least the title doesn't squeak when I turn around too quickly any more. [20140905|09:37]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I forgot a milestone two days ago. Normally I remember it every year. September is full of significant dates. The fourth: Brother-out-law's birthday. The seventh: My maternal grandfather's death in 2001. The eleventh: Four days later, the twin towers came down. The twenty-second: My birthday. The twenty-ninth: My maternal grandfather's birthday.

Twelve years ago, on 3 September 2002, I handed in my (completed, revised) PhD dissertation, "Energetics and Dissociation Dynamics of Reactive Organic Intermediates" (a thrilling read, I assure you), marking the end of my doctoral studies. My journal helpfully reminds me that, as I walked out of the Office of Graduate Studies into the bright California sunshine clutching my certificate of completion, the water polo team ran past me.

Twelve years.

I've been Dr [personal profile] nanila for twelve years.




(And you know, there is still a tiny part of me that thinks someone will suddenly notice that I'm not studying chemical dynamics any more and will say, "Hey! You! You there, no longer in a lab coat and goggles! HDU trick us, you should still be doing THAT sort of research. Return that title to us immediately.")

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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2014-09-05 10:36 (UTC)
Congratulations! And yes, that feeling that any moment you'll be revealed as a fraud is a pretty standard one, I think - at least, among normal non self-obsessed and over-confident people. It's the ones that /don't/ feel it that we need to worry about...

I just heard that a friend's daughter is off to do physics at Imperial, by the way.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-05 20:24 (UTC)
Yay! I hope she enjoys it here. Some of the magnetometer lab peeps always do first-year labs so she may end up meeting them. But probably not me until second or third year. :)
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2014-09-06 00:59 (UTC)
I've always been impressed that you're a doctor! It's definitely a dude magnet thing :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-08 20:22 (UTC)
I'm not sure magnetising dudes is a good idea. :P
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2014-09-06 05:44 (UTC)
Happy anniversary! :D
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2014-09-08 20:23 (UTC)
Woo, thank you! It's a better anniversary than some of the others this month, sheesh. As much as I like September because (a) crisp autumnal mornings, warm afternoons and (b) my birthday, it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
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