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More thesis trouble

I'm really trying to trust that this is part of the process. Come up with an idea, search a little in the literature, tweak idea, more searching, talk to Dr. C who seems to think it could work, talk to Dr. LC and get shredded to bits. Go back to stage one.

I don't have my entire life to work on this project, I really do want to just write a paper on something (even if I'm not interested in it) and submit it to my school and graduate.

Maybe it's just some secret ritual meant to emotionally toughen younger students. The time I've spent crying after having my ideas shredded to bits has been reduced by about 50%

Thesis Trouble.

I chose an online school program because I was worried that Jordan and I would move in the middle of my degree. I knew that trying to do an online masters degree would be more work than an in person program. I knew that it would be challenging to orchestrate an internship/thesis with a school in Florida and me in Hawaii.

Well queue the challenge part. In November, Jordan's 1st Sgt's wife got me an interview at a research facility. The Primary Investigator liked me and offered me a spot on her internship team. She said that after I worked there for awhile that she would hire me. I got really excited. She said that she understood dealing with the IRB (instutional review board) for both her instution and my school, and the MOU/MOA for my school.

I feel totally abandoned by my school. I wrote an e-mail to my program director to begin the paperwork process to allow me to work there, and the director basically demanded my proposal. How can I develop specifics before I begin working somewhere? How do I know what has already been done? Instead of offering assistance to me by fleshing out my ideas, etc. he quickly gets of the phone with me telling me to let him know when I figure it out. So I have some more time to be working on this, so I decide to start going down to the reasearch place to figure it out.

The primary investigator of the research place is back in DC all the time because our funding comes from the National Institues of Health. The other people on the research team are two girls with bachelors degrees who are trying to get into grad programs (one a ph.d. program and the other med school). They haven't been much help in fleshing out a topic either. Everytime I come up with an idea I'm told that - there isn't the data for that , that's already been done, or I'm grilled about exactly which numbers and exactly which way I'm going to define X or Y. I try to explain to them that these areas are exactly where I need their help, but I get thrown a subject's folder and told to figure it out.

I'd finally had enough of everything so I scheduled a meeting with the #2 person at the facility, who seems much nicer, more helpful, and more personable. I'm hoping we can get something worked out. I'm so worried about this.

Awesome Make up and Support the USO

I love Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics! The colors are fantastic, the ingredients are minerals (crazy chemical free and paraben free, many are also Vegan) and the price is great.

What is even more awesome is that the owner of Sweet Libertine is donating 20% of all sales today to the USO. You can get awesome make-up and support troops as well! Here's the website newslink.

Go check it out! I ordered some today - Thai Silk, Filigree, and Disco Butterfly.


Environmental Issues

From the middle of Sept. to the middle of Oct. I have some friends live with me because their apartment lease was up 3 weeks before their Army ETS date. I ended up being out of town for almost all of it, so it ended up kind of being okay. They moved in and watched my house and I got some extra money.

The only problem is that they didn't share my same view on commercialized products are their effects on the environment. As a result I'm left with a whole bunch of crap that I don't use (and some of them that took me awhile to get out of the habit of using). I don't really know what to do with it.

Examples -
3 bottles of Febreze
13 out of 15 rolls of Paper Towels
A bunch of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

I still have to go to the recycling center to get all the bottles and cans out of my house.


I've been having knee tension and problems since 2007. This a tightness on the inside of my knee. I've tried physical therapy, traditional anti-inflammatory therapy, and massage.

On November 1st  Hawaii Public Radio's the Body Show about Acupuncture ( listen here ). During this interview they touted the benefits of Acupuncture. I decided that I would give it a try - lots of little needles seem a lot less scary than 1 big needle in the middle of my knee.

When I arrived I changed into some shorts, and went over my intake form with my Licensed Acupuncturist. We went into the treatment room and he showed me the needles and told me how far they'd go in my skin. He also told me what to expect the sensation to feel like. I laid on the table and the Acupuncturist did a complete physical exam of my legs (pushing, pulling, squeezing, poking). He then told me what he planned to do.  Because I was nervous, and it was my first time with acupuncture he told me he wanted to place a smaller number of needles. Before the first needle went in I was definitely nervous but it ended up being totally okay. A few needles did pinch or "zing" as they went in, but the sensation was mild and went away quickly. The plastic needle holder almost was more bother than the actual needle going in.

He put quite a few needles around my knee, some in my thighs, and some down my leg and in my foot. Those were all designed to aid with muscle tension. Then he did a few traditional points on my arms, hands and ears for general relaxation or endorphin release.

After setting all the needles, he put a blanket over my core and then left me to relax or meditate for around 30-45 minutes. I closed my eyes and began to take slow deep breaths. I felt some tingling around the needles. Then I began to feel weightless - almost like I was floating off the table. It was the most relaxing thing ever. The 45 minutes flew by. The acupuncturist came back in and removed the needles. Then he used some ointment and massaged the affected knee. He talked to me about exercises, heat therapy, medicine and vitamins to help release muscle tension. He then told me that I should try to come for 4 appointments before making a decision about whether acupuncture was going to work for my condition.

I've been home for 2 hours now, and I still feel very relaxed and centered. The level of my knee tension is probably about the same, though stretching feels easier. I'm going to do some heat therapy and then some yoga and leg stretches to loosen things up.

Future change of plans: Continue taking relafen 3x a day, start 400mg of magnesium glycinate supplements to aid with muscle relaxation, go to next acupuncture appointment on Saturday, and use heat before doing stretches and massage at home.

Questions? Comments?

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #18

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #18  You can go to WifeOfASailor's Blog to see her responses and join the blog roll!

1. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
I am certainly an Early Bird. It seems that no matter how late I stay up I'm always awake by 6:30 or 7. Sometimes I like being up before most of the world. My husband is defintely more of an early bird than I am! He can barely sleep past 6.

2. What makes you jealous?
Right now, people who can keep their house clean. I don't know why I struggle so much. I'm just one person, there can only be so much mess.

3. Have you stared Christmas/Holiday Shopping yet? When will you finish? 
Yes I have started, but only because I'm sending Jordan holiday decorations in early Dec for his room in office. I dunno when I'll finish.

4. What would you have a personal chef make you tonight?
Mmm.. I don't know, but my mouth is WATERING at the possibilities. Oh I know! Some really awesome mexican food that is lacking in Hawaii. I'd love a yummy chicken enchilada and rice and beans! 

5. Where was your first kiss?
Is it sad that I don't really remember?

35 Things!

shamelessly stolen from lovee 
Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 35 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you!

I'm not tagging anyone, but would love to hear more about anyone who wants to fill it out!

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Module 7 – Food Protection & Safety, Food-Borne Illnesses, Agents of Bioterrorism

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases Summit

o    http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/zoonotic/ppt.htm

-          CDC FoodNet – Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network

o    http://www.cdc.gov/foodnet/

-          CDC History of Bioterrorism

o    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/training/historyofbt/

-          CDC Food Safety

o    http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/

-          Fight Bac

o    http://www.fightbac.org/

-          FDA’s Bad Bug Book

o    http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FoodborneIllness/FoodborneIllnessFoodbornePathogensNaturalToxins/BadBugBook/default.htm

-          Living on Earth  Agroterrorism & Food Fright

o    http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=06-P13-00042#feature1

-          NY Times – The Burger that Shattered Her Life

o    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html?_r=1&em


Links from Module 6

Bisphenol A linked to metabolic syndrome in human tissue  http://www.physorg.com/news139754215.html

Human Exposure to BPA shockingly high http://www.care2.com/greenliving/bpa-exposure-high.html

Kyrgyz Town lives with radioactive Soviet Legacy http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18666435

Superfund Risk Assessment and how you can help http://www.epa.gov/superfund/health/contaminants/radiation/radvideo.htm

The Secret Life of Lead http://www.loe.org/series/lead2003/

NASCAR's Lead Foot http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=05-P13-00018&segmentID=8

Mercury Taints Seafood http://www.al.com/specialreport/?mobileregister/mercuryinthewater.html
            Seafood Riddled with Mercury http://www.al.com/specialreport/mobileregister/index.ssf?merc2.html
             Hair Tests Indicate High Mercury Levels http://www.al.com/specialreport/mobileregister/index.ssf?merc10.html
            Mercury Levels Alarm scientists http://www.al.com/specialreport/mobileregister/index.ssf?merc23.html

Rice and Arsenic http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=07-P13-00012&segmentID=2

Arsenic has a firm link to diabetes in U.S. Study http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1846979320080819?feedType=nl&feedName=ushealth1100

Emerging Science - Cleaning up Heavy Metals - http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=06-P13-00046#feature6

U.S. Rushes to change workplace toxin rules http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/22/AR2008072202838.html?

Worker Safety http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.htm?programID=08-P13-00031#feature2



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