Sunday, June 21, 2009

Day at the Beach!

Yesterday was suppose to be a day of nothing and a lot of relaxing, but Sly had other plans. After about 2 hours of him driving me absolutely crazy I gave in and headed to Fort Funston in San Francisco. We usually go to Fort Funston in the morning, but thought we would check it out in the afternoon. Plus I would be guaranteed a tired dog at the end of the day which was the plan in the first place. We got a surprise though because the wind was blowing really hard so we got a little treat of mini sand storms. Which wasn't so much fun, but we did spend about an hour on the beach getting some exercise.
Sly was really good and even though he wanted to chase the horses he listened to me and just watched them go by on the beach. All in all it was a nice day and everyone had a good time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It could always be worse....

I really hate it when people say that because it is so true, but this time I am just going to pray for good news. One of my best friends called me tonight and told me she was going to the doctor on Monday for a MRI because the doctor thinks she might have a tumor in her head. I would really appreciate every one's PRAYERS! The good thing is being in my family with all of the brain problems (physical not mental people) we have had I realize that the medical technology has come a long way. Not only that but God is bigger then all of this. Just remember her through out the week. Little Bean I am here for you always and forever!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Person

For all you Grey's Anatomy fans you get the the title, but for those who don't your "person" is your best friend. I have a lot of great, wonderful, best friends, but MY PERSON and the girl that has ALWAYS been there for me is Brenda. Who I so fondly call Bren and she returns the favor by calling me Rash if you want to see some funny looks watch when she calls me that in public. We went to college together in Lewiston and then transferred to Pocatello our Junior year. It was really the first time I had been that far away from home and I spent my first holiday away from my parents with Bren, we took a night long road trip to Portland together where I fell asleep and made her drive all by herself. A lot of times I will be driving down the road a a song will come on the radio and the memory of that song includes some crazy thing that Bren and I did in our youth.

That being said we don't get a lot of time together these day as she lives in Virginia and I live in California. We don't even spend a lot of time on the phone since our lives gets so busy with her two kids, my dog, work, and throw in the time zone difference sometimes it is near impossible to connect. This week was a long rough one for me and several times during all the stress, crying, and frustration the one person I wanted to talk to was Brenda. I never did get around to calling her, but as I walked Sly to the park yesterday my phone rang and guess who it was. See your person always knows when you need them and even though we don't get to spend the time that we would like being together or talking on the phone nothing ever changes between us. She always makes me laugh even when I want to cry....I want you to know I love you very much Bren! It reminds me that the simplest things in life such as a phone call have the biggest and most lasting impact on our lives.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Did you ever have one of those weeks???

Well most of you know I have been pretty fed up with my job for some time. I need to remember that it has been a dream of mine to work in a field that might some day find a cure for cancer and I am getting to do that. I really enjoy what I do and it is super cool when a patient comes to visit the campus and thanks you for all the hard work you have done. At the end of the day that is all the matters anyway because if one person gets to see their son graduate from college or walk their daughter down the aisle it is worth it in the end. Especially when I have had several loved one's lives taken by cancer. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that even though you didn't get that extra time to spend with your loved ones you are helping someone else to achieve that goal.

For months now (since Nov. but the topic really heated up in Feb) we have been having discussions (which is a nice way of saying argument) over the performance of one of our assays. You all know how I keep my mouth shut when I feel strongly about something so you can imagine the scene since I have always been convinced that the performance of the assay wasn't up to par. In Feb. one of the scientist called the data into question.....FINALLY today after about 4 months of discussions we came to a conclusion that something is wrong with the assay (mind you I have been saying this all along). It was so awesome to finally be heard and actually have Directors of departments agreeing with what you have to say. I must say that at times in the past months I have felt a little insane and wondered what I am actually doing at this job. Today I was reassured that this wasn't the case and walked away from that meeting feeling that I actually might make a difference in someone's life because I stood by what I believed in. Whether that is the case or not it help me to believe in myself again and realize that I do have a voice to make a difference.

Hopefully I can now quit working 24/7 and enjoy life a bit.