Had an interview this morning, for a tiny start-up that's gearing up for Phase III trials of its first product and desperately needs to ORGANIZE ALL THINGS. Most specifically, it's SOPs and QC documentation.

Actually, it's more like it needs to write all its SOPs and organize all of its other records. Still, it wouldn't be a bad job for the 3 to 6 months they're currently talking about. On the other hand, Doc Control is definitely an ongoing task for any organization over 4 people, especially in the biotech industry.

Still wanting to get a French Republican wall calendar for myself, but am enjoying the Jacobin Calendar twitter until I have a job and can spare the money. France definitely has a different climate than East Coast USA if this is the rainy month and last month was the snowy one.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( Jan. 25th, 2016 10:20 am)
Calf high boots, knee high snow.
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (Default)
( Jan. 20th, 2016 11:39 am)
Just snapped the laces on my purple boots. Well, I'll have to make a stop at the DSW on my way to the grocery.
neotoma: Elrond (cool blue ocean) (Elrond (cool blue ocean))
( Jan. 6th, 2016 02:56 pm)
I had jury duty today. My circuit court operates on the one day/one trial system; you're called in, and have to do either one day or one trial, which means you may be called back the next day if the trial goes over, but if you're called into the court room and not empaneled, you're dismissed, and if you're not called into a court room but they've got all the jurors they need, you're also dismissed. I was dismissed without every getting to a courtroom, and don't have to do this for another two years.

However, I did have to leave my place slightly before dawn to make sure I could arrive at the courthouse with plenty of time to get through security. Which means I was out in 14F weather; even with my cashmere-lined gloves and my proper dose of medication, I arrived at the courthouse with all my fingertips brick-red and painful from my Reynaud's.

I got home at noon, having been dismissed about 11:15; my hands still have a bit of residual tingles to them, and I'm reminded of how deeply I hate below-freezing weather and would not make it in any of the northern cities that seem appealing for their cosmopolitan lifestyles and well-developed public transit systems.
neotoma: Elrond (cool blue ocean) (Elrond (cool blue ocean))
( Jan. 5th, 2016 07:59 am)
Woke this morning to water all over the floor of the bathroom. Mopped it up with a towel, and investigated.

It looks like there is a leak between the water pipe from the wall and the toilet tank. I've closed the stopcock as far as it will go, and contacted the housing office. Hopefully they'll send a maintenance person ASAP.
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( Jan. 1st, 2016 04:39 pm)
Of Castes and Honey (1253 words) by Neotoma
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Moon (Books of the Raksura), Chime (Books of the Raksura)

Chime, Moon, and honeybees.

If you haven't read any of the Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells, they're the story of Moon, an orphan who has spent his entire life hiding his ability to shapeshift into a form capable of flight. His discovery of people like himself changes his life.

The novels are notable for the fact that the world is populated by a wide variety of not-quite-human species and that there are no humans in the setting. Also, the detritus of previous civilizations are quite literally everywhere, and some of the artifacts are outright deadly; the worldbuilding is excellent, and the characters both alien enough to be not human, but human enough to be relatible.
So I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] fabrisse on Christmas -- she made salt cod with potatoes, I made an apple pie (though with a butter crust) and brought cinnamon blueberry shrub syrup that we mixed up.

Tonight, I had dinner with her again, her treat at Belga Cafe. She had an onion torte and a mushroom risotto (chanterelles and truffles, among others) while I had a beet salad and roast pheasant in armagnac sauce with roast endive, brussel sprouts, and potato croquettes. We split a desert of apple tartin en flambe with vanilla ice cream, because who can resist setting things on fire?

Hopefully that's a good start to the new year.
Has anyone ever tried substituting cubeb for peppercorn in Pfeffernüsse? I'm thinking it might be very tasty. And it's not like I don't have time to bake...
neotoma: Roadrunner fetish goes "beep beep!' (roadrunner)
( Dec. 31st, 2015 09:41 am)
Not a complete list by any means, but some delightful stories to read that you might not have seen anyway.

Goblin Emperor

Peace & Purring -- Csethiro and Maia escape the tenth iteration of their wedding rehearsal, and relax a little.

Imperial Radch

Daughter of Fishes -- Translator Zeiat has an ingenious idea that she thinks will make tea even better.

Ray Bradbury

When She Woke at Dawn -- The Martians are returning to Earth. (The Martian Chronicles & There Will Come Soft Rains)

Seseme Street

Felt Lines -- Sesame Street muppets talk about their personal experiences on StoryCorps.

Exclusive Content -- In old days, Cookie think, just having monsters on television was spooky. Monsters doing classy drama was transgressive. Transgressive mean it a thing that people not expect you to do, and they think you strange when you do it. It special kind of surprise.

Location is Everything -- Mr. Hooper has always wanted his own store.

Stargate Universe

Manifest Destiny -- "I think I've worked out the bad news on my own,” Rush says as crisply as he can, like that will keep the tremble out of his voice, and now he's the one who can't quite look at Eli. “What's the good news?”

Australia Is No Better Than Here -- Young and Rush, in the three year stasis. Or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, possibly.


Gift Guides for Grumpy Bastards -- When Casey tries to figure out a present for the birthday Frank doesn't want to celebrate, she finds the one person who knows everything there is to know on Frank Walker.

Vorkosigan Saga

Not Quite Vor -- Deportment isn't the sum of a girl's education when she grows up Koudelka. Few people stop to remember that quieter than Martya or gentler than Delia doesn’t mean particularly gentle or quiet.
neotoma: "Squee!" goes the bunny (SqueeBunny)
( Dec. 28th, 2015 08:09 am)
I finally got the Bite Me! story I'd been requesting! And it's hilarious!

Pantsless and Heroic by Anonymous for Neotoma
Fandoms: Bite Me!

Teen And Up Audiences
No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Claire/Lucien, Lucien/Luther
Characters: Claire, Lucien, Luther, Audric, Ginevra
Other Tags: Vampires, Werewolves, Comedy, Ridiculous, With apologies to Brotherhood of the Wolf, And to France, Claire Ships It, Gratuitous nudity, Gratuitous Chicken

Summary: Lucien recounts the story of how he and Luther met. Claire has her own interpretation of their relationship and also mixed opinions on the morality of peasant-eating.

Poor Luther is never going to get through one of his and Lucien's adventures with pants, it appears.
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( Dec. 21st, 2015 02:32 pm)
I had an interview today for a different contract position at NIH. It was a bit nerve-wracking, with a 5-person panel to present to. And I have no idea when they'll make a decision, other than it's unlikely to be this week. But at least I'm getting interviews, and a job at the NIH, even as a contractor, would look lovely on my resume.
Reaction: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Would definitely see again!
Is in honor Beethoven's 245th year (in the USA anyway), and it's a game! Try piecing sheet music together from snippets for some of his most famous works.
I think it went well -- at least I made the interviewer smile a few times -- but I won't know until sometime next week since they're doing interviews through Monday.

By strange coincidence, I met a former co-worker coming in as I was leaving. He was interviewing for one of the other jobs so I'm not competing with him for the job, but it would be interesting to work with him again.

Now I've got to send off my thank-you note and finishing baking a pie.

I went to see The Martian with [livejournal.com profile] fabrisse; yesterday. It was kind of awesome and very science-y. I really enjoyed it.

Also, the joke about "I want my codename to be Glorfindel" is exactly the kind of geekiness I expect out of NASA.

I applied for a job today and got a call from the recruiter within 30 minutes. Either I was the first one to apply, the recruiter just happened to see my application first, or I really am ideal for the job. I'll have a short interview on Monday, so we'll see; it's a government contract position, if they even decide to pass me onto the client...
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( Dec. 1st, 2015 04:28 pm)
This day is so wet and drizzly that I feel like I never woke up entirely. It's like it was twilight all day.
neotoma: My Glitch Avatar, with brown skin, purple hair, and cat ears (Glitch)
( Nov. 16th, 2015 11:25 am)
I helped a friend with yardwork yesterday -- took apart three rosebushes, trimmed another, and pruned back a fig tree, among other things. I am tired, and sore, and probably won't get anything done today that requires lifting anything heavier than a plate.

But it was fun, for values of fun that include getting caught on thorns and pulling up grape vines.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
( Nov. 11th, 2015 07:04 am)
So I'm doing a joint Thanksgiving dinner with [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, half vegan, half omnivore.

I'm thinking of making sauerbraten and spaetzle instead of a turkey. One, I like sauerbraten and think of it as holiday food. Two, it will be a lot easier to transport than a roast turkey. Three, I will definitely eat the leftovers, if there are any -- there weren't the last time I made sauerbraten for a party.
The AFI is showing 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' tomorrow at noon; this is the first ever (1926) full-length animated movie, with the style being papercut silhouettes.

<user name=greenygal> and I are meeting up at the theater at 11:30. Anyone who is interested in the movie, show up then. We'll probably have lunch afterwards, at one of the inexpensive places in downtown Silver Spring.


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