College visit went well today. Kiddo did the tour solo while I wandered. She met some students and hung out off campus a few hours (verdict: they're more punk here than at home). We met up, got Laotian food and witnessed a sketchy dog situation in the nieghborhood. Went to the SPCA, visited dogs and cats and rats and birds and she reported the dog (had noted the address) and learned about volunteering for when she enrolls and needs some snuggle-breaks.
This punk rock kid is all right.
food Show more
Well that was the best Indian food I've ever had and I've had a LOT of Indian food, much of it homemade by folks from India or in Queens. But wow. My kiddo said "this food makes me feel loved" - that was the level of artistry in it. We're both melting and beaming and basically back at our hotel to lay down because we're good for nothing now.
We made it to the college town! Was hoping to arrive before the storm and the snow started literally the moment we pulled into the hotel lot. Are now "napping" on our hotel beds before venturing out for Indian buffet. All is well!
Thoughts on costs of moving & storage? financial +/or environmental Show more
I feel like there must be a metric somewhere to figure out if something which has no emotional value is worth moving cross country. We will be needing a storage unit, but that should have minimal carbon footprint (unheated, already built). For any item, I'd like to know if it's more destructive environmentally to add to the trucking cost or to add to the landfill (if noone wants it for reuse.) What am I not yet considering?
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Using up the teas and ill-advised cupboard foods diary day 1:
breakfast: Decaf "Lady Grey tea" (like Earl Grey plus extra citrus flavor - I'm not a citrusy tea person) and protein-chocolate flapjack mix pancakes. Yummo.
These are fine and nutritious enough foods and beverages, maybe delicious for other folks, just not my (or clearly my family's, given the shelf-age of these items) preference. I'm ok with composting if it's really awful but using these up feels more responsible, if I can.
In light of about only 100 days left at our house, I just did a tea bag inventory. I don't even know where many of these teas came from. I suspect my mother, who has opposing tea tastes as mine (but is also caffeine free) for dropping such things as decaf green tea with mint and lemongrass (which makes me cringe even to type it). I'm more of a rooibos/chai kind of person. But I am now determined to drink up all these teas! (12+ types, not counting medicinals)
This lab Christmas cactus blooms randomly all year long
Yay! Heading out tomorrow to go visit the campus my kiddo hopes to go to for college next year. (She got in, just hasn't seen it yet, so unless this trip sucks, she'll probably enroll.) It's on the US/Canada border. But the US gov has had my passport since Nov, so I figured we wouldn't be able to cross on this trip and I was bummed.
But I got it back today! So if we decide we want to cross to check it out, we can.
Also it's just a relief to have my passport back. That was a long time.
storytelling/story critiqueing Show more
Went to a 2 night film fest with friends. A film I'd liked the first night, my friends found intolerably boring. I pointed out a few parts I liked, they all were like, "Missed that, too subtle."
After a film night 2, I leaned over to one and said, "Wow, snore" and she was like, "OH I LOVED IT!" oops.
Good lesson for me in: tastes vary. And as a writer, chances are good that I'm going to get feedback from folks I love who don't get it and that's also ok.
Spent most of the day working at a Brothers of Climbing event at my gym. https://boccrew.com/ It honestly was just so refreshing to have the place be so filled up with non-white people. Made me so happy to see the little kiddos trying it out and being able to look up and see so many strong brave beautiful dark skinned people climbing high up on the wall, trying hard stuff, laughing, sweating, cheering each other on. I want this to be everyday reality.
Best early morning kid-note ever
Sunny enough for lunch outside (wearing a coat) - searching for sunshine!
Work hired some dudes to come smash up the old lab across the hall from my office. The irony here is that the dudes, swearing and blasting super bad tunes are annoying everyone, meanwhile they could have saved $$$ by just handing us all hammers and letting us rip shit up and play bad music together instead of trying to work with this going on
Hello and good morning(part of day) weirder earthers and all of the fediverse! Take your meds (oh i should do that too :P) and find a moment or two of joy for yourself today, deal? Deal. 💚
USPol context Show more
It's super unmotivating to try doing anything this week at work, not knowing if we'll close Friday or not. Anything time sensitive is pointless, of course. Anything I can't finish or store in the -80 is hardly worth starting.
One good thing about the shutdown was that none of my decorative lab plants died (plenty of research plants did). And this one kalanchoe in particular seemed to like being dry and alone.
Saw a tote bag this morning: "Burn It Where You Buy It"
Which seemed potentially anti-capitalist ... until I finally computed that it was probably a message about firewood.
nostalgic mom (me) Show more
Get home from work, go to heat up some dinner. Discover this on the kitchen table: a pair of winter gloves inside a pair of lab gloves (we have several boxes of an old style our lab was throwing out).
Texted a photo to my kiddo.
"Oh sorry," she replies. "I had to pick up something wet and didn't want to get my gloves wet."
She may be 17 but sometimes she's so much like her 7 year old self it makes me smile.
And I don't think I want to know what that something wet was...
US pol, work, science Show more
Lab research is mostly a job of frustration tolerance. Things that "should" work in silico can take major tweaking to work irl. Failures are sometimes pure mystery; we joke that it's just the wrong phase of the moon.
Last thing before the close, I ran something that failed big time. I just spent a few days carefully remaking the reagents to redo it - so many layers of places for things to fail.
I just got the results. It's so beautiful and clean, I'm darn proud of myself!