A reason to celebrate

So after posting a response on a thoroughly depressing thread, it occurred to me, it's been a wonderful day, and we could all stand to focus on the happier side. For me, it's been a beautiful day, I've gotten plenty done, fixed my lawnmower, and in analysis the data that I acquired after being in lab till 10 last night was actually good. Not just good, but amazing; all of my painstaking recalibration was perfect, and this is the first good data I've gotten on that instrument in MONTHS of swearing at it. Also, my adviser is happy with it, and a happy adviser makes for a happy grad student.

So what are all of your high points, what's been going right for you?

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MeiLin's picture

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I got a handle on the chapter today. That makes me extremely happy. I also bought a book for my Kindle, got "Anansi Boys" as a bday present, had a good blood test at the hospital, and went grocery shopping on one of those electric cart thingies that I haven't had to use in a long time, but it was fun because it won't be too long before I can walk for longer than ten minutes. Smile

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

It's finally getting nice enough outside that I can go for a ride and not freeze my arse off. I'm making progress on the list of home projects, and while more being added because of the changing weather, that's okay too.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

First the bad news: I lost my first goat in four years/100+ kiddings in a birthing death. She was too small, the kid was too big, and the end result was a dead kid and a dead doe. It literally tore her up inside. I was sorta getting used to the idea of having kids in the near future, but I've gone anti-giving birth again. No risking vaginal tears, prolapses, peritonitis or internal bleeding for me, thank you!

But the happy things that helped me get over it: the other 7 yearlings all kidded with zero problems, giving birth to 10 of the tiniest, most adorable little babies you can imagine. It's pretty hard to stay depressed when there's little six-pound bundles of soft cuteness zooming and careening around underfoot! And then yesterday afternoon my husband and I were able to get out into the garden, and had fun prepping the ground with the "help" of our large, boisterous lab puppy.

Oh, and it's also less than two weeks until our first wedding anniversary Biggrin

MeiLin's picture

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That's really an impressive record, I'm sure you realize! You were bound to lose one sooner or later, though I'm sorry for it. Human births are not the same as kidding, at all. If there are problems, the vast majority of them are spotted with proper prenatal care. I've done both a vaginal birth and a C-section, and while neither were a picnic I don't regret either for a minute. My soft, sweet 7-lb bundles didn't zip and zoom around the place for a few months, but oh--if you think goat kids are something...

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Of course human births aren't the same as kidding - kidding (or calving, or lambing) is much easier. Darn overly large heads making things difficult Wink But of course each human has a much higher potential economic return (here's hoping for babies that become Wall Street execs walking away with millions), so we invest all of that wonderful-if-expensive modern medicine in them via ultrasounds, c-sections, and the like. I did end up calling the vet for the doe I lost, but it was one of those situations where there's nothing that could've saved her once things had started to go wrong =/

(As a side note, doing pelvic exams is really hard. You can't see, and you're trying to differentiate between one squishy thing and another squishy thing through a glove and lots of lube (natural and added)).

Getting away from economic reality, of course all babies are the cutest things ever to their moms. That's what moms are for! Biggrin What did your children smell like as newborns? I've discovered that newborn kids smell faintly of molasses once they dry off.

sherinik's picture

Postulant

Why on earth would brand new babies need to smell even sweeter to the local predators? Darwinian evolution explain that, please!

GreenGlass's picture

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Who says predators like molasses? Blum 3

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

To be fair, it's a *very* faint scent. You have to bury your nose in their soft little fluffy fur coats and really huff to get more than a whiff of it (oh darn, another reason to squish & snuggle the kids. I just hate that =P), and it only lasts a short time.

Perhaps it's part of the scent that helps the doe goats identify the kids as their newborns and give them extra incentive to keep licking the babies clean. Predators are probably in different to molasses, but I know my goats sure do love it! :grins:

Shade's picture

Supplicant

And now I've got visions of goat-shaped molasses cookies running through my head, thanks :P.

Actually, it's a pretty awesome image . . .

MeiLin's picture

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It's a really specific scent, different with every babies, but essentially just...baby smell. They smell soft and a little powdery (even if you don't use powder on them), sweet, something a tiny, tiny bit musky. Milky. The BPAL Gladdener of All Hearts, which was made for the birth of Beth's daughter, is amazingly baby-smelly. I had to trade my bottle away because it made me too sentimental. And at my age, smelling of baby-smell just doesn't feel appropriate.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

And to my mom, apparently a bit peachy.

I had a peach moisturizer, and one day (after only a tiny bit of scent was left) my mom started sniffing my face--she said I smelled like a baby. She was definitely getting teary while she sniffed!

Marri's picture

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Can we give this one a prize for weirdest thread-jacking ever? Biggrin

A's picture

Postulant

Planted three flats with stuff for the veggie garden today--beans, beans, and corn. Sat down and plotted out what goes in which bed this year, have to rotate crops, you see, made a list of seeds, plants, etc. I still need, and in general knocked out a bunch of stuff today that's been bugging me for weeks.

Earlier this week I planted perennials and annuals in the two flower beds in the front of the house, the bright spots of color from the impatiens peeking out cheers me to no end.

The veggie garden simply needs a little forking over and it'll be ready for planting...this is HUGE...my hubby is an awesome hubby...

I had a lovely chat with my mom, whom I miss dreadfully, but she's doing well, and so is my younger brother who just bought himself a brand new guitar so he can strum the tunes that feed his soul. He's quite talented and has been without a guitar since his old one fell apart over a year ago. He's happy now. Which, if you knew him, you'd know is a big. deal.

And though hubby had to take a paycut (whole company-wide thing, even the execs) it means that everyone keeps their jobs, no layoffs. Which is a very good thing.

It's heartening to see that when I sit down and think about it, the list of what went right lately just keeps growing. Bless you, Davik. Mwah!

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