I give up

After stumbling across a pop science article about how the env gene from a certain endogenous retrovirus family is responsible for placenta formation, I realized that (1) I already knew that for some reason and (2) I had recently met the people writing/editing the literature on this research. I told him about this funny (and/or soul-crushingly nerdy) discovery and this is what I got.

I think this may be the worst one yet.

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Sweet (on occasion)

In general, I harbor an innate distrust for any holiday/institution/event that tries to tell me what to do/feel/think. So when I remembered that Valentine’s Day and the mandated demonstrations of love that it entailed was coming up, I felt a little vomity.

But then I went to work and had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.  I sulked my way home in the (unexpected and thus infuriating) rain, where to my surprise I found these:

And despite my Valentine’s Day grinchiness, I couldn’t help feeling like this:


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He’s on a roll

And the jokes keep coming…

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My public health valentine

After a surprisingly intoxicating belated birthday celebration yesterday, I came home to this: 


I thought maybe something was wrong until I perused the selections on my wall, starting with #1: 


and culminating with #7, my favorite: 


Feeling overcome with love and affection, I searched with some difficulty for the right words to respond. I settled on: 


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Have a tawdry Tuesday

When we were in middle school, our principal used to end his morning announcements with a vocabulary word to describe the day he wished we would have (e.g. marvelous Monday, wonderful Wednesday, you get the idea). One fateful Tuesday, he decided to take his descriptive talents to new heights. It would have been even more incredible if more of my peers actually understood what he said.

On that note: have a tawdry birthday, boyfriend!

The October visit

We ate a fancy dinner, he pretended to understand my research, we got lost in a corn maze, and I anthropomorphized some pumpkins we picked. And shopped. And poked Pip.

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The couple that studies together, stays together

His study topics: anatomy, biochemistry, behavioral disorders. My study topics: Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Rue La La.

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