Laurie just got an enormous government grant, enough to set up her own little fiefdom and keep it going for years. I used to play games like Civilization, where you create little kingdoms; well, she's doing it in real life. I'm intrigued; running a little kingdom is something I've only simulated (and always with virtually disastrous consequences) so I'll root for her from a safe distance. I feel a bit like a serf who's been adopted by a duchess.
I'm starting to smell a bit like her. It's cuz I'm using her soaps. I like to put my fingers to my nose and inhale aromas that I associate with her.