When Science Gets Goofy

Sometimes the Science get a little crazy.  We get a little goofy around my parts, or at least I get a little silly.  It's how I survive.  Here's a little peak into my world at work. 

This is the 3rd one of these I've had.  They're made in France, so they get french names.  The last one, was Jean-Luc.  So this one naturally became Locutus!

Lovely Salmonella

That's the "evil eye" keeping an eye on the machine.

This damn piece of crap, doesn't work right.  It gets an "evil eye" too!

That's my office door, and yes that's a picture of Data. 

Seymour, the PCR cart!

No really, Salmonella!!!

My dear friend Jessie got these for me!!! Aren't they great!!



Back on The Wagon

The food wagon that is, UGH! When Hub was home for his surprise visit we ate like crap.  In his world the food is SO SO BAD, so in 2 weeks we crammed in all the yum that we possibly could.  This included and was not limited to, donuts, brownies, pizza, beer, a Dicks cheese burger (with fries and strawberry shake) and a trip to Tacoma's own Frisko-Freeze! I tried to do better when he left.  In fact for a week my body wouldn't actually allow me to eat anything it deemed to be "bad".  There was a lot of soup. 
Things took a precipitous decline when I spent the next month with the science delinquents (I'm not saying that any of us are delinquent in our science, we're just delinquents who do science).  Two people who have no issues with their bodies "HOARDING ALL THE CALORIES".  So I might have eaten a lot of crap I shouldn't have.  That might have also included more weeknight drinking than I've done since college (Pub quiz night people!) Also it might have involved a lot of coffee, a lot of coffee. Oh yeah I almost forgot, and pizza which could steal your soul. 
You don't even want to know whats on that pizza
If you're gonna watch "Evil Dead" you have to have a Pizzanamicon with it, or as I like to call it the "Om-nom-nom-icon"

So as of yesterday, I'm back on the wagon, the only wagon that I know Weight Watchers.  I know this isn't Paleo, but the more time I spend reading some blogs the more I understand that people with Thyroid issues should not fall face first into the paleo zone.  Granted I won't eat wheat, nor will I eat corn (maybe a few chips) but I'm bringing some rice back into my diet.  I'm going to work hard at it, no matter how stupid I feel for as long as my initial buy in lasts.  If I have results in that time frame, I will continue.  The end of November is a fancy dress event for me so I've got something to work towards. 
Updates will be forthcoming. 


Summer, you @%$&#

I'm not a summer person.  I like pants, boots, sweaters and hats.  I really like boots.  When we living in the south, summer was that time of year that I packed a sweater in my purse to protect myself the onslaught of AC which threatened to freeze my fingers and make me shiver through movies.  The great northwest isn't AC country.  Rarely does anyone have it, including my apartment in Moscow, ID.  The Palouse actually cools down nicely at night.  Currently the pacific NW is experiencing our "summer".  But for us, its very easy.  Today it hit 93 degrees.  Personally, the AC in my car went out about 2 years ago and I've never had it fixed, my lab areas aren't AC'd because the air needs to not move when you're working with bacteria, and my house is 90+ years old.  Tonight might be a night that I sleep in the basement, the cool of the basement.
While I washed up the dishes that have been accumulating since monday (eeewie!) I came to the conclusion that cooking/eating the pork chops I had set out for dinner sounded very unappealing.  Thus I scrambled for something to make instead!

Claire's "Its too F'ing hot to cook dinner" Tuna Salad

psst, that's actually a picture of Chicken Salad made the same way, try it!
  • Two cans tuna (you're gonna want leftovers its better the next day)
  • Mayo (make your own, its worth it)
  • Grapes
  • Walnuts (or any other kind of nut you'd like)
  • Apple
  • Celery
  • Red onion
  • Salt, pepper, garlic powder

Chop up the grapes, walnuts, apples, and celery in equal portions. Then finely chop the red onion, to taste.  Mix in the tuna, and then plop in some mayo.  Mix and salt and pepper to taste.  A little garlic powder and paprika add a little extra. Serve over lettuce.


Slow Food

I'm a huge foodie.  I blame a lot of factors for that that, but its mostly why I crossfit, so I can eat.  Also, I have awesome Crossfit friends, so when one of favorite folks (Jess) wanted to do some special for her non-landmark birthday, we all drove to Seattle to visit The Corson Building! Now in my foodie journey, I've had some crazy meals.  The 16 course, 3 Michelin's starred, can't consume another bite meal.  The perfectly executed, bright, yet refined meal served in an old house.  Or the "this place looks good", turns out to be awesome tasting menu that's totally cool that our guest are wearing jeans.  But this was a whole new event for me.  I was trilled with the easy food, the comfortable surroundings and the happy people.  There was just enough quirk at know that they didn't take themselves too seriously. Bottom line, it was awesome!!


I'm Firing The Blog Back UP! And other things I did this weekend!

Sooooo, I kind of let this thing die.  It wasn't a great idea.  I've missed it and being creative.  During deployments I tend to shut down.  The creative part of me in channeled into simply staying afloat.  Being able to get up, go work, listen to all those voices talk at me, come home, eat, go to bed.  Repeat.  In order to remain a semi-functional person while part of my brain reals from the constant stress, I have to give up something.  That something is art.  I still knit, just slowly.  I still sew, with little passion, and I still draw, but its haphazard.  This deployment has been extra taxing, and coupled with my job (which I love and wouldn't give up for anything) I have had to use all my reserves.  Normally I am filled with huge plans for the year, the year I give up, but then they all putter out.  So its back to the Blog-lands for me.  I've gotta get a move on with it.  And here we go......

MUD RUN!! A while back my co-crossfitters somehow convinced me to sign up for The Dirty Dash.  When I say a while back I mean like February.  Well the weekend came, and we went.  Jessie, Jenn, me, Jenn's buddy Joe, all took to the mud on our team.  Super Hero's In Training (S.H.I.T)!  Thankfully my trusty summer intern came along for the ride and was able to snap some pictures of us, and hold the keys. 
Some other Super Hero's we ran into.

Still Clean!

There goes Joe, with his Birthday Crown and Cape!