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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Day eighteen

Breakfast: Puffins with soy milk; gluten-free toast with sugar-free blueberry jam
Brunch: Oatmeal with raisins and soy milk
Starbucks: Decaf, sugar-free, iced vanilla soy latte
Dinner: Butternut squash risotto; salad; popsicle

Today I met the inimitable Erin and Mandy at Cabazon. We spent quite a while at Starbucks just chatting; I mostly grilled Erin about genetics (about which I'm [not quite inexplicably--though it might take a while] reading for my upcoming exams), and she clearly and thoughtfully explained all about DNA and genes and transcription. She knew the material and mechanisms so well, as I explained it to my dad later, that it was like having someone studying calculus explain addition. How great is that?

None of us is much of a shopper, but somehow we did the entire circuit of outlets, and all ended up with a bunch of great stuff. They put in a Banana Republic outlet just last month, and everything there was 40% off. I got a pair of jeans, a pair of slacks, two tops, and a jacket, for $153. Elsewhere, I found a pair of brown flats, argyle socks, a teal button-down sweater, and a sun dress (J. Crew! $24!). I don't remember the last time I bought so many clothes. It was nice to be able to stock up, though, and at such good prices. It's probably too much to hope for not to teach sections next semester, but at least if I do now, I'll have something to wear.

Afterward, we sat around and talked some more. I babbled about my "research," which (thanks to the friends who ask me about it and nod encouragingly when I try to make sense out of the different things I've been studying and want to explore) is starting to take a bit more shape in my mind. Mandy spoke much more elegantly and coherently about therapy and life.

I came home exhausted but glowing. "I like those girls so much!" I exclaimed to my mom. "Ahhh, blog friends," she responded. It's kind of funny to me that they are "blog friends," and that if we didn't have our blogs, we wouldn't know each other. It's more than that, though. Through this whole weird blogosphere-deal, I've met two thoughtful, intelligent women, who can discuss the implications and ethics of eugenics, and then help me pick out which color of top looks best.

I have my doubts about Internet dating (although I know I shouldn't knock it till I've tried it, et cetera), but Internet quality-friend-finding? Yes please.


K L said...

I love this blog else could I have ongoing get togethers with people in SoCal, New York, Portland, all over Wally World, and the southwest?

I Hope So said...

oh, ceri. that is a most unflattering photo of me! i almost vomited when i saw it.

see... i'm vain, too ;-)

so much fun yesterday. so much fun that i woke up late today and need to get my butt to work!

i am so, so blessed to know you ladies.

Yes Is A World said...

Awwww such a great post.

Ern said...

Ceri, I had so much fun too! As I commented to Mandy on the way home, I felt like so many huge ideas were rattling around in my head, it was crazy. That and thoughts about what outfits would look good with my new shoes. :)

And my picture looks like I'm being filmed anonymously, so you've shadowed me out. There should be a caption "anonymous blogger, southern california"

I feel like I can just call you friends, no "blog" qualifier needed.

CëRïSë said...

Kuyler, I'm glad you joined the party!

Nic, I wish you could have joined us. Maybe next time?

And Mandy and Erin, alas, my camera phone doesn't capture your radiance. I'm glad we can still be friends!

David said...

I can't say that I've made any new friends from blogging. On the other hand, blogging hasn't made me any new enemies (yet), and that has to count for something. ;)