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Cincinnati, OH, United States
I'm a scientist , yogi, book worm, scifi junk, and I'm a little obsessed with my pup. My life is full of discovery both in the lab and out of the lab. This blog is my place to share my experiences as a person trying to stay happy and healthy in this crazy world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And the verdict is...

I blogged about the grant I was writing for the AHA back in December/January.  It was due the beginning of January, and we just found out at the end of last week if we were funded or not....and I GOT IT!!!  It was a very nice way to start the long holiday weekend.  To add to the excitement....3 people from our lab got funded.  Receiving a grant is a major milestone during graduate school.  Although we do heart research...we are still going to celebrate with a pizza and ice cream party :)

More info to come on our fun memorial weekend celebration in the true North...Canada!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

mmmmm Kale chips...

It seems like a lot of people are talking about Kale chips.  They're apparently a great alternative to potato chips.  I figured I'd give them a try since I really like other types of greens.  I got one bunch of kale from whole foods and cut off the stem and core, then cut the leaf part into small pieces.  After washing and drying the pieces with the salad spinner I tossed them in a bit of olive oil and kosher salt and baked them at 350F for about 10 minutes.

Although it made my apartment smell a bit cabbagey, they kale chip lives up to the hype and satisfied my craving for something salty and crunchy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another Lexington adventure weekend...

This weekend Jonah and I spent the weekend in Lexington to attend a friend's wedding.  The wedding was beautiful and I had a lot of fun meeting all the people in Lexington that Jonah works with.  We ventured out to take in some of the attractions while in Lexington.  The weekend was sunny and warm so we took little phil-dog to the giant dog park.  He ran around full speed for about 20 minutes, made a few friends, then just sat in the grass.  (Top photo: Phil running around being his happy go-lucky self bottom photo: Phil making a friend.


We have a love for hamburgers!  Lexington has a Hugh Jass Burgers restaurant with huge burgers (hence the name.)  Not only was the burger delish but they also have sweet potato fries with marshmallow sauce.....you read that correctly...marshmallow sauce (heaven!).  They also have an eating contest.....burger with 5 patties and 5 orders of fries in 25 minutes.  One of the groom's Aussie friends took it on.....he got relatively close, but no cigar.  It did feel like we were watching man vs. food since there were so many of us there cheering him on.

There are a plethora of self-serve frozen yogurt places in lexington and this time we tried orange leaf.....and of course it was amazing!  I got banana and pineapple fro yo with mango, pineapple, mochi, and these little bubble filled things.  To add to the experience, the spoons were shaped like little tiny shovels.  (We used fro yo as our post workout treat!)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Things that make me happy...

New Lululemon running tights with fun ruffles on the legs!

Walks with little Phil and finding fun sidewalk chalk notes. 

The positive from all the rain the past few weeks is that all the flowers are vibrant and in bloom and the grass is extremely green.  Love poppies!  

Mini-bathroom makeover with a new blue poppy shower curtain.  It brightened up the whole room.  

Other fun things from the past week that makes me happy.....
Co-worker inspired me to try making fresh homemade bread....it turned out delish.  
Lululemon running group on Sunday with Jonah for the Redlegs 10K/5K
Spending time with Jonah catching up on episodes of our new fave comedy...Modern family.  

Take delight in the small things :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

View from the river...

On Saturday as part of the conference I attended here in Cincinnati, we took a riverboat tour.  Here are some of the images I took while on the riverboat tour of the city at night.  Maybe it makes me sound like a country mouse, but I still love the lights of Cincy at night.

The riverboat ride was extremely welcomed since the conference was jammed packed with great science and by the third and final day my head was so full I thought it might explode.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Audrey Hepburn day...

Channel your inner Audrey today since it's Audrey Hepburn's birthday!  By far she was the most elegant and classy hollywood star who's charity work allowed her compassionate side to shine.

How will you celebrate her birthday?  I'm going to watch the most iconic of her movies, Breakfast at Tiffany's while I finish up the remaining thank you's from our wedding.  (Don't you just love how she sings moon river?)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It's only Tuesday and I miss the lazy weekend....

It's going to be a long week.  I have a conference to go to the end of the week, and I have a poster presentation.  That also means no relaxing weekend for this kid.

This past weekend was a lot of fun.....we celebrated a friends birthday at gameworks and I went on Sunday morning to cheer on all the flying pig marathon runners at hyde park square.

I've included the visions of my lazy weekends to help get me through the day......always including my two favorite guys (Jonah and Phil).

Hope everyone is staying dry with all the rain in the midwest!