Post #2 by Another Single, Boring White Girl Named Lauren

10 Oct

This was once the view from my workplace:

London

 

This is now the view from my workplace:

Graveyard

 

Coming back to Baltimore was a sensible choice and editing science could be rewarding. Someday. Today I am editing a grant about the capacity for Env to differentiate naïve CD4 T cells into the T follicular helper phenotype. I must be sort of tired or something because my eyes keep crossing.

I work with an international group of people like I did in London, although I suppose now it’s just mostly old Chinese men and one old Russian guy.

Oh…and I guess there’s this one guy from Wisconsin named Glen who stares at me in the elevator. He has a bowl cut.

They may not give me credit for the things I do here, but it’s only a 12 minute drive from my house. Sometimes 14 minutes. Speaking of, I’m looking forward to getting home tonight because I’m having couscous again for dinner. Neat.

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64 Responses to “Post #2 by Another Single, Boring White Girl Named Lauren”

  1. Cakes and Shakes... October 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Sounds like my kinda gig – I was also a science editor in part, and it was a nice, if predictable seven years. Also, bowl cut? That’s hot. Just saying.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Down with bowl cuts? I could give him your number. I assume all that staring means he’s single. And yes, it’s a very predictable job, indeed.

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  2. Maggie O'C October 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I hate couscous.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      It is a sensible meal option.

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      • Maggie O'C October 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

        You should have porridge.

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        • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

          What is porridge, anyway?

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          • Maggie O'C October 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

            It’s a sensible meal choice from Victorian England.

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  3. Carrie Rubin October 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Well, I for one find your talk of “naïve CD4 T cells into the T follicular helper” cells scintillating. And I wish I were kidding.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      This seems to be backfiring….

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      • Carrie Rubin October 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

        In my case, yes. 😉

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    • Madame Weebles October 11, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      You’re not alone, Carrie. I like it too.

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      • Carrie Rubin October 11, 2012 at 10:42 am #

        Yeah, we are kind of weird.

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  4. Brother Jon October 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    A 12-14 minute drive to work would be crazy for me. I can get to work in 2-4 minutes, depending on how many people are at THE stop light. Who’s the single, boring white girl now?

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      All hail Jon, the single most boring white girl!

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  5. workspousestory October 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    Love couscous too.

    Ps. Shame you’re not in London anymore, would love to hang out!

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Aw man! That would be so fun!

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      • workspousestory October 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

        Lots of room in our spare bedroom 😉 (ahh who am I kidding, it’s a tiny room – it’s LONDON – but we’ll manage if you ever wanna come visit 😉 )

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        • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

          I may just take you up on that…

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          • workspousestory October 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

            Yay!

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  6. aparnauteur October 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Couscous is one of my favorites too! I envy your job of editing science stuff, coz I actually do the mundane lab research I nowhere helped design! Someday, I’ll get into the scientific writing field too!

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      You can have my job if you want it!

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  7. Rincewind October 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Love the graveyard view. I got the London one one but yrs looks more interesting. Any good Angel statues there? Might sound odd but i always visit the cemetery if I’m sightseeing for finding the most amazing angel statues…

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      You can only visit that cemetery once a year, not really sure why. I get to see it every day….

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  8. T. W. Dittmer October 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    My daughter-in-law was just published in The Journal of Bacteriology. Her paper, Identification and Characterization of the Functional Toxboxes in the Vibrio cholerae Cholera Toxin Promoter was fun reading. ;-P

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

      Now that sounds riveting!

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      • T. W. Dittmer October 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

        Couldn’t put it down. A page turner!

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  9. calahan October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Mmm, couscous. I wouldn’t mind having a graveyard as a view, actually. I find them strangely tranquil.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      You all are nuts. Luckily, I am okay with that fact.

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  10. Carr Party of Five October 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Dear La La,
    I spit out some Diet Coke at the vast difference between your past and present workplace views.
    Your trouble is you’ve been places. Cool enough to know UNCOOLNESS. See, if you’ve just lived in two states for your whole lifetime, you have no idea what you are missing. For me, it’s been Iowa, and then the Huge lifestyle change to SOUTH DAKOTA.
    You want to talk about boring little Missy?
    Couscous is downright WILD here babydoll.
    Count your blessings.
    🙂
    Love, Lis lis
    p.S. I can’t seem to stop myself.
    xoxoox

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Good point…sometimes knowledge can make things painful. South Dakota, wow, I am not jealous!

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      • Carr Party of Five October 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

        Yes, well, it has its advantages. Good place to raise kids and all that.
        Not a lot of danger around these parts unless you count deer on the highway.
        🙂

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        • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

          Well, yes, deer can get crazy!

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  11. Carolina Courtland October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    We need to find you a more exciting job.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      Right! One that isn’t near here.

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  12. becca3416 October 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    You take advantage of that bowl cut. The hair screams done-in-30-seconds, but I am sure he will hula hoop with you after. I have never had couscous 😦

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

      That’s cray. It’s a bland delight.

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  13. Christopher De Voss October 10, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    I’m late to the party here, but it seems like everyone loves the boring life! What is going on?

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      Guess I’ll stay in Baltimore, never say bad words, never get married and clean up rat poop until my dying day.

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      • Christopher De Voss October 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

        Nooooooo!

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  14. jennigreenmiller October 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I miss La La

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      She misses you, too!

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  15. Kristin October 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I didn’t have a view from my office in London because there were no windows. It smelled like Indian food…now I have a view of Donkey Creek…and it smells like cafeteria food…and I am having cous cous for dinner tonight too. I think I am the same boring white girl only I am in Wyoming 🙂

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      Oh Kristin. What are our lives coming to?

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  16. The Bumble Files October 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    I like couscous. See, I have something in common with Lauren. I not much for science though. It was always my weakest area. I have to say, I prefer your London view.

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    • La La October 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      It was a fine view indeed, my friend!

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  17. Madame Weebles October 11, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    I like both of your views. Of course I still miss London desperately so I’d prefer the view of your office there, but I would dig having an office that overlooked a cemetery. Is that the cemetery where Edgar is?

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    • La La October 11, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      No that is around the corner. I believe there are a couple of politicians buried in this cemetery. I don’t like seeing it everyday. It’s just a reminder….”you shall dislike your days until you end up in a cemetery less awesome than this one….”

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      • Madame Weebles October 11, 2012 at 12:10 am #

        Yeah, I guess I can see that. Plus, there are probably days when work is so shitty that you look at them and think, “Lucky bastards!” Or something.

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  18. Maddie Cochere October 11, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    I read your post earlier today while I sat in my truck and waited for my mother to come out of the grocery store. I commiserated with you for a few moments. I longed for London, even though I’ve never been. I longed for couscous, even though I’ve never had any, and I was too lazy to drag my butt out of the truck and go into the grocery store and buy some to try.

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  19. gingerfightback October 11, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Wisconsin is a great word! Bowl Cut? Marry Him.

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  20. Bob October 11, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Bring LaLa back. Just sayin.

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  21. kenthinksaloud October 11, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    you’re doing your best to make these as boring as hell – I can tell.

    It’s not working…

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    • La La October 11, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      I have noticed…..

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      • kenthinksaloud October 11, 2012 at 11:14 am #

        we could try faking it if you like – saying how crap and boring it is and bring back La La and all that kind of stuff if it helps you win the battle? But the truth is that Lauren is pretty cool too 🙂

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  22. Le Clown October 11, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    La La,
    You served tea and there was a party here… Perhaps Earl Grey tomorrow?
    Le Clown

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    • La La October 11, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Perhaps. Though I rarely stray from Lady Grey.

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      • Le Clown October 11, 2012 at 8:37 am #

        La La,
        I will bring the skons.
        Le Clown

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  23. Lori DiNardi October 11, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Though you might think this is boring, it’s nice to learn a little more about you. Now I’m curious how you ended up in London at one time.

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  24. Love and Lunchmeat October 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I’m just grateful you are not one of those folks who holds her breath whenever they’re in sight of a cemetery. That would not end well. And couscous is awesome, except when you have little kids. It is the most annoying food ever to clean up. Our basset hound is defective, and totally unable to clean the floor.

    Okay, after that comment, we all know YOU are not the most boring person here…

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    • La La October 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

      Hahaha, I love your dog. I can see kids being a couscous obstacle!

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  25. Dee Dee October 12, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    You have neglected to mention that that is Edgar Allan Poe’s graveyard. Give the graveyard some credit!

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  26. The Hook October 21, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    More beuatiful shots!

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  27. The Hook October 21, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Sorry, I think I had “premature posting syndrome” for a moment there….

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    • La La October 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Haha you’re hilarious.

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