Friday, November 30, 2007

It's Finally Friday...

It has been a short week but I guess because I am sick it has felt much longer. I don't have anything new to add.. except.. Tomorrow is December... 27 days until Ian returns... It is shorter than the other times... but I miss him twice as much. Hopefully it goes fast...

I'm dead tired...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Political Mailer

This story is reason #1 why Mitt Romney shouldn't be elected. There are many areas that can make one candidate better than another. Unfortunately, you can't and I believe shouldn't agree with everything a candidate stands for. One of my sticking points though is the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate. It is certainly a gray area. Personally, I don't think I would ever have one. But the idea that some up and coming politician wants to take away a woman's right to choose... is disgusting. We have a seperation of church and state for a reason... and he is clearly going to use his presidential power to further his religious views. This is just my opinion of course.

Rocking Rubber Fluffy Duckie

I am back. Sort of. This month has been one that I haven't posted a lot. I have just had a lot on my plate/mind/stuff. I was thinking that it would slow down at work because it's getting close to our holiday shutdown. But unfortunately it's been nothing but frantic around here. Really big meetings, self assessment (i.e. bonus process), travel, and lots of deadlines... Mixed in with all of that is my time off plus I am currently sick. I am feeling like I am missing things... But all I can do is try to keep up and hope for the best. I am sure next month and the beginning of the new year I will post more. I just have to check off a few more things on my To Do List.

Monday, November 19, 2007

It Is What It Is

Two days of work left... Then a nice long 6 day weekend! Thanksgiving is coming up. I am thankful for so many things. My life compared to the past is so much better. I am hoping that any current bumps in the road or things I have to overcome will soon pass... and I can continue to enjoy it.

For now... Babies. In. Hedgehog Suits. Nuff' said.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Into The Single Digits

Only 9 days left until Ian is here... It has been a long Monday morning... that is for sure. I drive happily into work... only to realize I have left my laptop at home. I drive all the way home and back... walk about halfway into my office when I realize that I have left the laptop in my car. Yeah... and it's only been downhill from there. Thankfully I have a bit of vacation time coming up as I think my brain needs a break!

Today is Veteran's Day... and while I oppose the war I am against anyone who says that if you oppose the war you do not support the troops. It is their job. Plain and simple. Hopefully our doofus President will bring them home soon... but I doubt it.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Moral Relativism

I've been busy the past few days and haven't had a chance to post. But right now I am viewing a webcast of our big staff meeting... so I can do other things while I'm listening. Yesterday I had a bit of a moral/morale issue with my job. Don't get me wrong... I love my job. I love everything about it. Even the bad parts. Yesterday was one of the bad parts. We develop living medicines to treat a variety of diseases, mostly cancer. Living medicine means that our products are produced from proteins. The difference between a pharmacology company and a biotechnology company is that they deal mainly with man-made chemicals... we use proteins, antibodies, bacteria... We just filed on a drug that was derived from e. coli... The possibilities are endless.

Unfortunately because the possibilities are endless... that means lots of testing. And of course... if the medicine is new... it's not going into humans first... it's going into animals. I get to hear about human testing (clinical trials, etc) all the time. Rarely do I have to hear about animal testing but yesterday I had to. I had to sit through a presentation on testing monkeys with a new drug and the side effects they experienced. A few months ago... it was dogs. The thought that somewhere within this company there is a dog... in a cage... basically being tortured... to develop a new medicine... makes me sick. But there is the ultimate question - As human beings, where do you draw the line? Obviously the line has been drawn for centuries. We are willing to subject poor, innocent, defenseless animals to benefit us - to further our lives while ending theirs.

The only thought that helps me look past the stories I hear is... we aren't a cosmetic company. We're not a company that in the end has no point. Our mission is to benefit patients. These patients are deathly ill or at least suffering in some way. We treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, debilitating psoriasis and many others. My team alone deals with drugs that help people get through their cancer, formally named Supportive Care Oncology. At the VERY least... I conclude that we are not a company based on the cosmetic industry. We aren't subjecting animals for the benefit of our outer beauty. It's a selfish view of reality but it's the lesser of two evils. I guess it's all relative.

Thursday, November 1, 2007