December 15 – 5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

Remember Festivus. I had a fantastic time with Rich, and I saw how strong the friendships were still between that group of friends. It’s something I admire and envy slightly; I have very few of those friendships still today, and I would like to use them to set an example of what I should strive for in a friendship. They can never be too good, right?

Catching up with Audra while I was back in Fargo in September. We had a great time just reminiscing about life, and she shares a very practical and matter-of-fact view on life much like myself. It makes for awesome conversations, and she’s just completely okay with enjoying life with what she’s got. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, and it makes for the best conversations ever!

Fire dancing in Minot. Seriously. Of all the things to see outside of a bar in the middle of the night in a city of 35000 people: fire dancing. I think I will likely never see anything as bizarre and cool as that in Minot again, or if so, not for a looooong time!

Matt’s “speed bump” analogy for describing translesion synthesis in replication of DNA. I want to remember all those completely confused looks on the professors faces that he got right after he just explained his point, and then made that horrible analogy that sent them all lost.

And lastly, something my boss said to me after my committee meeting, after we were discussing what to do next with my project. This isn’t word for word, but hopefully I’m getting it very close to:

“Of all the committees that I’m on, your meetings are the only ones where no one ever has any suggestions for your work. I mean they like your project, and you’re making progress, but every other committee has suggestions for that student’s work, and yours just doesn’t! I really think that says something to the work that you’re doing.

As much as I may try to humble down my abilities, or the inadequacy that I feel about how much work I’ve accomplished over the year, I think this solely rebuilt all my confidence in my aptitude as a scientist. Maybe not the best, but I’m working hard on an uphill battle on an inherently difficult project.

I overshot my five minutes just a tad because my fingers couldn’t hammer thoughts out fast enough, but I think that’s okay. I got the fundamentals down of what I want to remember, and we’ll go with that!

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