12:34 PM

Animal trafficking?!

Those of you out there who work with cell lines will appreciate this little story. Here's a pseudo-transcript of a phone conversation that I had with a guy at ATCC.

Me: I'm interested in the marmoset cell line B95-8, but can't seem to find it on your website.
ATCC: Ah, you want to make EBV? Well, I can tell you that you can't get your hands on that if your life depended on it
Me: Oh? [I'm not really interested in making EBV, but I wanted information on that cell line]
ATCC: Yeah. The endangered animal people have made it illegal for us to sell it now because selling it would mean we were trafficking goods produced from an endangered species. Unless you have approval that shows that the only reason you're buying this cell line is because you're going to use it to do research on how to save the marmoset, you can't get it.
Me: (O.O) Wow.

Pretty crazy, huh? In the end, the question that I had didn't get answered, but boy was it an interesting phone call!

9:46 AM

New cut and colour

I saw Mita last weekend and was all inspired by her awesome hair colour to make some changes to my own. I realized that I'd been growing my hair out for no particular reason, and that I was just putting it up every day instead of actually doing anything with it. So, it was off to the hairdresser's for a bit of a change.

I don't particularly like that photo of me, but it's a good shot of the hair. So please focus only on the hair, and not on the messy kitchen, poor posture, or wrinkly clothing. The colour I picked was actually fuchsia, but it turned out a little different on my hair. I still like it though. I was a little afraid it might be a bit too crazy for the hospital, but I haven't been chastised for it yet (^_^)

8:24 AM

Long weekend! And an update from Sr. M.C.

I don't know why, but if feels like it's been forever since we had a long weekend. I know Easter wasn't that long ago, but now that the weather is getting nicer, I guess any time you're stuck indoors just feels that much longer. What's everyone planning to do with their weekend?

In other news, I received a letter from Sr. M.C. the other day. She's doing well, and has finished her student teaching stint. She enjoyed it, but did find it frustrating at times. Now that she's done her teaching degree, it's been decided that she's going to get her Masters in music now. She's also going to be teaching grade 7 and 8 science at their school, not too far from the Motherhouse. She mentioned to me that she was glad that she didn't get sent away on a mission because she felt that she really needed at least another year to be at home. So, it sounds like things are moving along nicely for her. She sends her love and prayers to everyone, and hopes we're all doing well. I'll let you all know when I get another letter from her.

9:23 PM

A few pics from Elaine's wedding

I don't know why it took me so long to post these up, but here they are.

[It was really hard to get pictures of them as they walked in and out]