Ambivalence - a state of having emotions of both positive and negative valence or of having thoughts or actions in contradiction with each other, when they are related to the same object, idea or person (for example, feeling both love and hatred for someone or something [i.e., grad school, or academia]).
"...AA is a tremendous asset to the lab, an accomplished experimentalist, and will one day be a valued peer in the research community...." -AA's PI
"...AA is a take-no-prisoners bad-ass with zero tolerance for bullshit and douchecaones. She is not the easiest person to work with, but she exacts a high standard of excellence from herself and others...." -people who know her better
Better Half - My sweet and charming significant other, also a very talented scientist.
DangerDog - My contribution to our fur family. He is adorable and hyper-excitable and would probably be easier to live with if Ritalin were approved for dogs.
GrAdvisor - My well-meaning PI/graduate advisor. We have our differences, but I can chalk most of them up to disparate communication styles, which makes it easier to live with the fall-out of our communication-fails.
New PI - So far an awesome mentor. Needs a moniker. Will take suggestions.
Thing 1 & Thing 2 - BH's cats. Actually, I'm not sure if they really are cats or some alien life forms bent on world domination.