April 27, 2010

Still Georgous At An Older Age

Actress Stacey Dash, you know the chick who played Dionne on the '90s hit show Clueless is now 44 years old and she's STILL gorgeous and looks pretty young! I hope that's me in like 22 years. :-)

April 22, 2010

"What else is there?"

I've decided to continue with the "Swan Princess" theme from yesterday. There's a scene after Odette sings "I see him smiling and my knees start buckling..." where Derek decides to arrange the marriage between the two of them b/c he thinks that she is beautiful. Odette stops the celebration and asks "Is beauty all that matters to you? What else?".... The wonderful and charming Derek responds saying.... well, just watch for yourself.
(Note: You only need to watch the first 2 minutes to hear his response)



I always thought boys were dumb while growing up after watching that part of the movie. I learned later on that not all of them are this clueless, though.

I See Him Smiling and My Knees Start Buckling

"I see him smiling and my knees start buckling. I see inside him and my doubts are gone". ~Odette, Swan Princess~

-- This is a quote from one of my favorite childhood animated films "The Swan Princess". I practically know all the words to this film... Oh, nostalgia... I think I'll watch the movie this summer. In the mean time, here's a youtube clip:


April 19, 2010

A Good Friend

"A good friend is someone we can count on, as well as being so much more.
A friend is someone with whom we can relax and just hang out, have fun and
share our innermost thoughts--deep dark secrets, lofty and noble goals, or
our hopes, joys, and fears. A good friend allows you a safe space to share
your deepest thoughts and needs--without worry of being judged, criticized
or made to feel silly for feeling the way you do. Friends cheer each other on,
laugh and cry together, and just plain commiserate and listen to each other.
That's why friends are friends"
~Bettie and Jennifer Leigh Youngs~

April 18, 2010

What is Love?

I'm on a journey of sorts to find out the true meaning of love. I have love for others. I have been physically and emotionally hurt for a good portion of my life and through all of that, I still love the one who has done these hurtful things to me. I now have a wonderful man in my love whom I love dearly, but... what exactly do I mean when I say that I love him? I feel as though I need to be able to answer that question fully. I do know that I love him, as he is the one that I want to marry (of that I am sure), but I can't distinguish between my love for him and others. I think the answer to this question will be found in the basis for marriage itself.

April 12, 2010

Scientist

I got into graduate school! The ONLY one that I applied to... To God be the glory! He answered my prayers and allowed the admissions committee to look beyond my GPA and grades and see my real passion and dream for finding a cure or treatment option for cancer patients. The university that I got accepted to is Quinnipiac University. I will be pursing a Masters of Health Science in Biomedical Sciences focusing on immunology and cancer biology (Immunotherapy) with hopes of furthering my education to obtain a PhD. I also have interviews with Englewood Hospital's School of Radiology b/c that was my "back-up" plan for a couple years but my true desire is to do research. I will still be attending that interview though (next week) because I would like the see what it is like to actually be a radiologic technologist and I still want to leave my options open. Afterall, I didn't apply to radiology school for naught. I knew that I wanted to be able to help cancer patients and though I had my mind set on research, I was still relieved to know that there were other career options in which I could help them.

April 8, 2010

Measles

Yesterday, April 7, 2010 was declared World Health Day by the World Health Organization (WHO). Drew's Public Health club decided to invite a speaker, Dr. Emilio Emini from Pfizer pharmaceuticals, to talk about the advancements in vaccines. Honestly, I usually go to these talks to gain extra credit for a bio class that I'm taking. I've been doing this since freshman year. But this time, there was no extra credit involved. I went to the talk for fun.... Strange, right? ...I know! I also went b/c if I am accepted into graduate school (the ONLY grad program that I applied to), I plan on doing cancer immunotherapy research as a career path in hopes of developing vaccines to cure some type of cancer.

Anyhoo, Dr. Emini went through the entire history of vaccines, dating back to Jenner and the smallpox/cowpox correlation up to vaccines for diseases such as polio, chickenpox, etc. He also spoke about the many challenges in developing vaccines for certain things like HIV and menicillin resistant Staph. aureus. During his mini-lecture, he asked how many of us in the room have ever encountered someone with measles. I immediately raised my hand b/c I remembered vividly having measles while I was still living in Jamaica. From what I saw (I was sitting fairly close to the back of a PACKED lecture hall), I was the ONLY one with my hand raised. In a way, it shows how far we have come in medicine in creating a vaccine for diseases like this, but then it's also shocking to know that some people didn't even know what it was. My friend sitting next to me asked what it was and I explained it to her. So, in order to educate others, even though many people use Google for that, here is a little cartoon that shows the characteristics of measles.

Picture obtained from: nursingcrib.com

April 5, 2010

[Bad] Ducks vs. Ducts

Sitting in my abnormal Psych class today listening to a guest speaker and she told a funny story about a 6 year old whose parents brought her to one of her colleague's office for treatment. The problem with the 6 year old was that she used to sleep in her room, by herself with no problems at all. One day, she stopped doing that and refused to even stay in her bedroom and was just immensely terrified of what the parents were unaware of at the time. It turns out this was the root of her fear...
... One day, the little girl and her dad went to the lake to feed the ducks. Her dad told her not to get too close to them because they bite. She listened to what her father said, fed the ducks and then they went home. When she arrived home, she ran up to her room to tell her mom about her day but it turned out that her mother wasn't there, a repairman was. He began to explain that the reason why the cooling system in the daughter's room wasn't operating correctly was because the DUCTS were really bad . Remembering what her father had told her earlier, the little girl thought that the repairman was referring to bad DUCKS being in her room and from then on she was terrified of sleeping there. :-D

Even though I was the only one to lol at that joke, I really do think it was pretty cute. ;-)
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