Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Happy dance :D

FREEDOM!!!!

LOL :P Sorry I haven't been around too much... thing is, I had a presentation this morning... and I hate presentations!!! I had to summarize a scientific article and of course, my boss had to choose a REVIEW article... you know, the kind of article that takes all the other articles in the field and summarize them? Ugh. There was a ton of information in the article, but nothing in details. So I was half-scared that I wouldn't be able to answer the questions... and trust me, the people in my department? They are very scary when they ask questions. Very brusque and direct... and sometimes, they sound very rude. So I'm very intimidated :(

I've been working on my presentation since last week. Read the article, made a few slides. My boss said he wanted to see it on Friday. We go over the slides and he's like: I don't think you have a good grasp on the material. You should also read these two other articles. Anyway, I think you have a lot of work for the week-end. Oh, and you're not making use of the figures. They have nice figures in this article... but you have to understand them well, so you can explain them... and you have too much writing in the slides.

Ugh. Seriously. Talk about depressing comments!! I was working the whole day Saturday at the receptionist job (8.30am to 9pm) and my goal was to read the articles and work on the slides show the whole day. Guess what? Didn't work out that way. I somehow ended up with diarrhea and the stomach ache from hell... the WHOLE FREAKING DAY. So I had to play catched up on Sunday.

Finally finished the whole presentation on Monday. I do agree, it looked better. I changed some stuff around and the flow was good. I also added an introduction which I didn't really have before. Then, I had to practice right? Cos I have word like tumoriginicity, pathogenesis, cytogenetic, carcinogenesis to say. And the boss wanted me to do a rehearsal in front of him and my co-worker. So I put it off as long as I could, but finally did it yesterday afternoon. It went much better than I thought - as in, the boss didn't tell me it was crap! :P Also, I only had a few minor changes to do. Still, it wasn't fluid enough, so I still had to practice... but seriously, my presentation was about 35 minutes long. That means in an hour, I can only practice twice. Sigh... and I was still scared of the questions they were going to ask.

Well now, it's done and I'm free!! I have an extra-long week-end coming up (I get both Friday and Monday for Easter)! Yay! Lots of reading, lots of blogging and re-shelving my books. That's the plan.

The only dark note for the week-end is that my mom's cousin passed away yesterday T_T He was a very charismatic man and it's all very sad :( I thought I'd be going to Boston for his funerals, but it's not going to work out. My sister has classes tomorrow till 6pm. I don't want to drive at night and the funerals are at 9am on Friday... :(

Anyway, I promise I'll have my review of the Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turnerup later this week and perhaps a few more surprise :) For those who are curious, I'm also reading Rewriting Monday by Jodi Thomas at the moment :P

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on getting it done! And it sounds like you did a great job. It's never nice to hear your boss say that you have to change something but in this case it sounds like it was worth it.

    I hope you're feeling better from your bout of stomach upset.

    Long weekend - woohoo! I have Friday off too. :)

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  2. Yay!!! Sounds like you put a lot of work into it and I am glad that it went well.

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  3. Well done, nath! It's hard to hear criticism, but gj for taking it and turning it into a better project, in the end. :-)

    I've had The Thief on my booklist for a while, but haven't requested it from the library yet. I've heard so much about Rewriting Monday, so I'll look forward to your interview!

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  4. Yay! So glad it's over :) Enjoy your weekend.

    And sorry to hear about your cousin. Thinking of you.

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  5. That's fantastic - the presentation went well and most importantly, it's DONE!!! :D I hate giving speeches and making presentations so I can totally commiserate with you.

    Sorry about your mother's cousin and that you couldn't go for the funeral.

    Have a relaxing and well-deserved weekend.

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  6. Tracy - Thanks Tracy!! :) I think they enjoyed the talk and that it was informative. However, who knows.

    Yep, feeling all better... but the appetite is still up and down :( Maybe I'll lose weight because of it, LOL :) who knows :)

    yay for long week-end!!

    Kris - Me too! :)

    Rennee - Well, I don't usually mind criticism, you know. It's just that I had been working on the slides for a week, without any real concrete direction. He had an idea of how it should be, so he should have told me a bit more what he wanted me to present.

    Reviews are coming! :)

    Lori - You too :) Do you get a long week-end?

    Funerals are tomorrow. I'm sad of missing them... but at least, we've seen him not too long ago.

    Jace - I don't get it, you know... how come it's so easy to discuss with many people, sitting down at a big table, but it's so hard to stand in front of them and talk? i seriously don't get it.

    Oh... I'm going to enjoy this week-end, you can be sure of it!

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  7. Nath, congrats on getting the presentation done! It's one of my least favorite things to do so I can understand.

    I hope your stomach is better and I'm sorry to hear about your mother's cousin.

    I had to laugh about this part of your plan for the long weekend: "re-shelving my books." *g*

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  8. I already responded to all this stuff via emails, but I didn't want to read your blog and not post a comment.
    :)

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  9. Yay for the presentation but I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's cousin.

    HOpe you are having a great weekend.

    CindyS

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  10. Sorry for the late reply!!

    Taja - thank you very much :) It went well, it's over and I won't be doing it again till next year. I'm happy, LOL :)

    and lo and behold, I did re-shelve my books! Yay for me :)

    Seneca - Thanks Seneca :) You're a sweetie :) and I love comments :P

    Cindy - It's very sad indeed about my mom's cousin. However, he was ill and he lived much longer than we expected. So that's good.

    and I had a great week-end :D

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