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About Me:

Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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What do I do the week before school starts?

I go home to Cincinnati. (Am I doing it wrong?)

The whole plan was to make some Cincinnati appointments and get those done since it’s winter break and it’s a good time for such things. Did I make the calls to do that like a functioning adult? No. But I did start a new game of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my Gamecube.

I hate to think that’s old school but I guess the Gamecube is now two Nintendo console generations behind. Oh, right, about being home!

COULD MY PHONE TAKE A WORSE PICTURE? Wait, don’t tempt it. I guess I could have been covering the camera with my finger or something. Ugh.

Right, so! I’m at my favorite coffee chain: Caribou Coffee! What’s so special about yet another coffee chain? Well Caribou is cabin/outdoor themed so their ottomans are little bears. And their napkins always have hand-drawn designs on them. AND I think they have better coffee than some other people.

The only Caribou in Indianapolis right now is on IUPUI’s campus, so if you’re down there, check them out.

I know that winter break is drawing to a close and this is my last break for an entire year. And my last semester of classes ever. I guess that’s why I’ve been such a lump–or at least not inclined to schedule myself up with tons of stuff to do. I’m really glad that I got to spend some time writing and with that guy that I live with who I didn’t see at all last semester. (Joke: I’m referring to my husband Curtis, who I hardly saw because of our ridiculous class/work schedules!)

So here’s to the end of break. (Insert groan from all of my friends whose breaks ended long ago and I’m sorry. :( )

Bugs’n'Drugs

This semester, we’re studying infectious disease, which is awesome. Definitely high up on one of my favorite subjects. No idea why though. Our professor ever-so-lovingly has referred to his lectures as Bugs and Drugs (hence my title). Yesterday, we sat through a 2.5 hour lecture yesterday and it was occurring to me that dealing with these cases is not unlike a real-time strategy role-playing game.

If you don’t know what that is … then good on you. But taking the example of my faaavorite, Fire Emblem, you command an army of people with different skill sets (and trust me, there are enough antimicrobials to fill up a Fire Emblem army), and then depending on each fighter’s skills, they may have strengths or weaknesses against enemies. This is exactly how infectious disease cases work–figuring out the enemy’s weaknesses and picking your strongest fighter(s) to go into battle.

Which brings me to my next point: I’m about 90% certain I’m going to apply for a pharmacy residency next year, and there’s a good chance I want to work with infectious disease. This is a big life decision for me! And I’m terrified! YAY!

To commemorate, I wanted to share the New Guy at the Pond: an Egret named Dolan.

Curtis walked RIGHT UP TO HIM for that picture!

 

7 Days to Go!

Curtis: “I can never draw Santa. He always looks like a hobo.”

Oh, Curt.

All right, folks, here’s what’s been happening.

My Thanksgiving break was fabulous. The burn mark on my index finger that was sustained during the Great Roll Tragedy ’10 has scabbed and peeled off. There is no word yet on if I will have a cool scar or not. I will keep you updated.

I haven’t unpacked from Thanksgiving break yet. Clusters week was like being at Wal-Mart on Black Friday at 2 AM, only prolonged and with more jabs at my self-esteem. Luckily, I made out like a bandit with one of my grades. It was like buy one get one free iPhones on Blackboard.

After clusters, I met up with my friend Mark to play more Halo: Reach. We almost saved Reach from total annihilation from the alien Covenant army. Then I had to leave.

(Spoiler alert, again: Everybody dies anyway.)

The rest of the weekend was spent lazing around and watching the snow. Saturday night, my roommate Kass invited us to go with her parents and her 2 and a half year old niece to see Christmas at the Indianapolis Zoo! There weren’t that many animals out, of course (in fact, it’s really insane that people were out in the cold!), but we saw a few troopers. The best part was when we walked up to an empty enclosure, and suddenly a grizzly bear sauntered out from behind a rock and stared at us. He was all “You kids get offa’ my lawn!”

THEN. THEEEN. They had a dolphin holiday show!!! I’ve never seen dolphins in real life before (except for off in the distance while at the beach), so I was unnecessarily excited about this.

Basically, the zoo is awesome with Christmas lights, but don’t forget those chemical hand warmer pouches. They are essential.

This is a Pudgy Kitty. This will be me in a week.

The Halo Franchise

My name is Cathryn and I’ve been a Halo fan for five years.

It started in high school when I decided that it was high time a gamer like me got proficient at first-person shooter games (hereby now referred to as “FPS” because that sounds less dangerous). This was also around the time that Halo 2 came out, and Breaking Benjamin had a song in it, and high school sophomore me thought Breaking Benjamin was edgy and cool, so clearly I needed to play Halo 2.

Turns out, I’m completely an utterly worthless at games like Halo. I did find out that the Halo series has a freakin’ sweet back story in novelization form. Nerdy, I know. But the books, if you don’t mind dry scifi, are even better than the games. (Well, Halo 1 and 2, at least.) Reading the second book, The Flood, is literally a play-by-play of the first Halo game. I somehow managed to play Halo 2 and read The Flood before playing Halo 1, so playing the game was a little surreal when I could predict the exact objective and somewhat know what enemies would be in each level.

Ultranerd.

Unfortunately, due to being at college and unable to play awesome games on my brother’s Xbox 360, I never played Halo 3. Instead, I read the Wiki article on it and found out that everyone you love dies. Awesome.

So then, in a feat of brilliance, Bungie decided to make a prequel game about the planet Reach, where everyone also dies. Sweet move, Bungie. So I had little motivation to play this game, too, knowing that it was only going to end in tragedy. But one of my friends bought it and said we should play.

IT WAS SO AWESOME.

So much better than Halo 2, which may not be saying anything since I have no idea how good Halo 3 was. :) Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the squad-based gameplay and frequent cut scenes. Also, I could drive a Warthog around all day.

In short, I know way more about Halo than a casual gamer should, and I also would like to admit to the Internet that I spent most of French I and American History in high school reading the Halo books. And I still scored excellently in both classes.

FIN.

Did I mention I take glamour shots of my Master Chief action figure?