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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:09 pm
Some sort of update

Behold my icon that's totally in accordance with the clarification of LJ TOS :)

It's also from the sketch of the not-really-working-until-now Senegalese fertility goddess standing on my computer desk.

All of this to say that I'm once again sorry for not updating, and that the icon is relevant to what's happening right now, see below. I still sort of was on LJ this last month and even sketched semi-regularly and uploaded the result to sketching_daily (and oops, there are comments in need of answering there - and here). I'll upload those sketches here too, but I wanted to do it with an added comment, as most of them would work as a "one month in a life of nassima series, only with a few sketches instead of a truckload of photos. But I never found the energy to make those posts and the sketches are only piling up in my image account. Life outside of the computer has been somewhat hectic as my father had another operation (he's recovering now) and I tried to visit and take care of my mother a bit more. Also, I couldn't completely avoid research meetings at work, not that they weren't interesting (swamps! ten thousand years old! registering climate changes! being dried up for agriculture!) but they were, well, work.

Here's an aerial picture of the swamp we're working on - it looks like a heart, don't you think? The camembert-like things (brie-like? US people seem to know brie better than camembert), well the pie-like shape is caused by the agricultural draining. People in the 13th century actually dug a hole in the middle of the swamp and a subterranean gallery rejecting the water in the main valley some tens meters below.



And while we're at work-related pictures, why not using this entry to begin posting sketches?

Here's an archaeologist sketched precisely during the meeting we had about that swamp. You can see a small map of said swamp in the corner!



He might not look like Indiana Jones, but this doesn't mean his working activities aren't glamorous! During lunch, he told us about his field project for this summer : they're going to dig into a medieval cliff settlement. The path is so steep that even mules or donkeys won't be able to go through. Everything and everyone will have to be roped up and down...





Those things above the stereomicroscope are the ostra.codes (dot added to prevent academic googling) found in the older sediments of the above swamp. I'm very proud of the resemblance, I must add :)

A more recent (and temporary) swamp at uni. I've never seen such a rainy spring, it's scary! There are mushrooms and green things everywhere...



Not the greatest drawing ever because my notebook got wet after a while and it was too cold for me to be patient enough.

Oh, and something else I found in two consecutive work notebooks : drawings from field trips with the third year students. The goal is to learn to identify rock outcrops, so every student has to sketch the landscape with special attention given to rocks. Meanwhile, I do it too to provide a reference.

Here's the 2007 sketch :



And the 2006 sketch :



Still the same rocks...



As for the fertility goddess : I'm in the middle of my third IVF cycle (fourth if you count the frozen-thawed embryo transfer).


Now is the thrilling part where things are happening (I'm injecting hormones to make hopefully just the right amount of eggs) but it's also very very tiring. After last January's failure, the medical team had lots of complicated analyses done and found additional reasons for us not to have children yet. Something about Franck's sperm DNA being too fractured... We're lucky to be attempting IVF in 2008 and where we live since the technique to try to bypass that problem, IMSI, has only been invented in 2003 and in France is done only in a few large cities. They're going to look VERY closely at individual sperm cells (at their head, even) and chose the best-looking ones.

All in all, my RE also decided to try to improve the quality of my eggs (hey, I'm now officially in the age category where I'm producing OLD eggs : I'm 35!) and for the moment the change in the treatment is making me produce more eggs (well, egg-containing follicles) and hormones - let's hope the quality is better too. The problem is that producing too much hormones is potentially dangerous, so I'm closely monitored. I might get an early egg retrieval without all the eggs being mature and suitable for fertilisation to avoid my abdomen and lungs filling up with liquid. I had bloodwork and an ultrasound on Saturday, then another today and I'll go back tomorrow morning when the decision for the retrieval date will be final. A Friday retrieval would probably yield more mature eggs, maybe up to 16, but would mean an increasing risk ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, while a Thursday retrieval would mean less mature eggs but also less OHSS risk. We'll see! I must admit that I'm hoping for a Friday retrieval...


That's all for now! I'm off answering comments :)

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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)



Thanks a lot!


You know, I've been working on that swamp for a couple of years, and it's only during that last meeting in may that I realised that it was heart-shaped. Until then, I was so conditioned by the model of the pie-shaped drainage that I thought it was round. The heart shape was a lovely discovery!


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stormsandsins
stormsandsins
Alex
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)

Camembert... c'est pas celui qui est aussi mou que le brie, mais plus fort au goût (avec du bleu?)? Je crois qu'on a toutes les sortes de fromage français au Québec, mais en plus des nôtres, ça devient mélangeant à la fin!

Good to see you posting again. Welcome back to LJ Land :)

Ah, et trois fois merde avec Franck! (est-ce que vous dîtes ça en France aussi?)


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

Le camembert est mou et ressemble beaucoup au brie mais il n'est pas bleu. En fait c'est du brie non pasteurisé avec un peu moins de gras, et c'est un peu le fromage emblématique du français moyen. Dans l'idéal, il ne faut pas le laisser au frigo mais le laisser maturer à température ambiante (après il sent un peu les pieds mais il paraît que c'est comme ça que c'est bon!).

Je n'ai jamais goûté de fromage québécois, il faudra que j'essaie d'en trouver!

Oui oui on dit ça aussi :) <3


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stormsandsins
stormsandsins
Alex
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)

Ah, il me semblait aussi que c'était un "puant" ;)

Fromages du Québec. Aucune idée s'il s'en trouve en France...

Mmm, parler de bouffe me donne faim!


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thescarletwoman
thescarletwoman
Mutterings of a Music History Major
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)

♥ I'm glad to hear that things are going well for you. And hey, RL is what happens. My fingers are SO crossed for you both and this round of IVF. *smooch*


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)



Thank you so much, hon! *HUGS*


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thescarletwoman
thescarletwoman
Mutterings of a Music History Major
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)

btw - I sent you an email a while back just to say hi and all that but I have a feeling I have a VERY old address for you. >< What's the best email to reach you at?


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)

Oops, sorry that I didn't give you the new one! The provider lost the right to use the domain name in my email and made everyone change their addresses. Here it is :

nassima3 at aliceadsl dot fr


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topaz_eyes
topaz_eyes
Topaz Eyes
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)

Your sketches are *amazing*. Wow.

And--good luck with this IVF cycle! I hope they find a good balance for you.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks a lot! ♥

I don't know if they found a balance, but they've chosen the option leading to the maximum amount of eggs, for which I'm glad.


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nimoloth
nimoloth
The White Ghost
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)

God luck with the process. The fertility goddess is cool!

I wonder if that guy realises there is a sketch of him floating about on the internet now.


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

I wondered about putting colleagues portrait online... I hope this blog is obscure enough that he never finds it!


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aome
aome
A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.
Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)

My sympathies for the grueling IVF stuff. *fingers crossed for smooth (and successful!) procedures.

I love your sketches, even if you're not always pleased with them. That rainy-day-bicycle one, for instance, really captures a mood. I'm glad you checked in and are hanging in there!


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nassima
nassima
Nassima
Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)

Thank you! IVF is going all right (for now). Not that smooth, but if there's a chance for a baby at the end, I'm all right with it.

About the sketches, thanks a lot! I'm glad the mood of the bicycle one worked for you - the RL scene felt sort of surreal, but it was also not that easy to convey on paper.


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