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An intellectual nomad.
Interests: running, weightlifting, taekwondo, snowshoeing, hiking, reading, biking, sewing, scrapbooking, science, gene therapy, drug development, fabric, american football, neuroscience, history of science
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When I resolved to write one thing every day, I never said it had to be good. I never said it had to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I never said it had to be meaningful, beautiful or resolve anything. I only said I would do it. Sometimes beauty and meaning and resolution have to wait. Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
I expect too much of myself and am therefore afraid to start. Once started, I continue out of habit and fear of what would happen if I stopped. I stop and then must start again. Sometimes, when I pull in to the gym and there are too many cars in the parking lot, I want to turn around and go home. I go in anyways. When I swim, I am always afraid I will be the slowest in my lane. Sometimes I am. I don't worry that I will finish last. I probably won't lose my job, even if I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
I yell. I am impatient. My humor tends strongly towards sarcasm. Sometimes I even let them eat fruit rollups before breakfast and play with paint and glitter glue. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Three years on, and she still doesn't always sleep. The truth is, I think she's just stubborn and when there is action, she wants to be part of it. Alden, my first, didn't really prepare me for this. He always slept. I mean, of course there were times when he was overtired or wound up or just having a bad day and I would be tearing my hair out, but the truth is he slept when he needed to. With him, I drove myself crazy trying to get him on a schedule. Then he would go down for a nap... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Last week I had the privilege to participate at an event at my gym. It was sort of an informal competition, with coaching and feedback. Unfortunately, due to a lack of planning on my part, it occurred only a week after my “race” up Jay Peak. On Monday, after the race, I was extremely sore and tired. I could walk up and down stairs, but it was not comfortable, I was dehydrated for a few hours in the morning, and I took a nap in the afternoon. On Tuesday when I went back to work, I was still sore, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
In the spirit of celebrating PRs, no matter how they come, this weekend I did this crazy “race” up Jay Peak. 25k and almost 5 hours up and down (and up and down). I have run farther, and I have run faster (actually, there was very little running), but it has been a long time since I have done something so challenging physically and mentally. The course starts out with a nice rolling section, some of it on gravel access roads (those are not so much fun). Then there is a fun and relatively flat section of single track through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Lately I've been having strange dreams--endless hallways of doors, giant lazy susans filled with inedible and endless trays of celery, dips and cheeses and death defying encounters with giant, spinning dishwasher blades. I've decided that my subconcious is telling me I have to make a choice, but I have no idea what that choice is. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
The Perfect Mile By Neal Bascomb Three men, each with something to prove, compete to become the first to run a mile in under 4 minutes. To some extent, the story is well known but this book tells more and Neal Bascomb does a great job of creating suspense with the story, despite the fact that I already "knew" the result. This is another book that took a while to get going, but once I got into the heart of it, I couldn't put it down. It tries to tell a bigger story about how amateur sports became professionalized, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
In an attempt to read more, discover more about what excites me and (maybe) become a better writer, I'm going to post the books I read. I started somewhere in the middle of July, but it seems as good a time to start as any. Without further ado: Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian When Orhan's grandfather dies, he leaves the business to Orhan and the family home in Turkey to an unknown Armenian woman, Seda, who lives in a nursing home in California. In order to keep the peace in the family and honor his grandfather's wishes, travels to California... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
There is one remaining patch of snow in our yard. It is behind the house, in the shadow of my workroom. We discovered it while playing outside after school. The kids were dressed for spring in short sleeves and shorts. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
A recipe for which I made a name first and then a recipe. Unfortunately, despite the name it uses only a single apple and therefore will not use your entire apple harvest. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp vegetable oil (for the pan) 1 Tbsp chili powder 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 medium white onion 1 apple, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1.5 lbs ground beef 1 tsp worcestershire sauce 1 cup butternut squash chunks 1 16-oz can black beans (drained and rinsed) 1 16-oz can diced tomatoes 1 24-oz can pureed tomatoes 1 Tbsp cocoa powder Salt to taste... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Two years ago on the day after Thanksgiving, and three months after Zoe was born, I decided to take Alden to see the Turkey Trot in a nearby town. I'm not sure why, I suppose I had just started exercising again and I wanted to get out of the house and Brian volunteered to be on Zoe duty. I suppose it must have been close to the time I started going back in to work. I wanted to run the 5k, but I hadn't trained. I was nervous and I suppose I was afraid I might finish last. We watched... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
90% of parenting is just walking around yelling "WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES? WE'RE ALREADY LATE! FIND YOUR SHOES!" — Lurk @ Home Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) November 22, 2014 That sounds about right. Mornings in our house go like this: Alden wants at least three different things for breakfast. One of these things is in the basement. (The basement! Everyone loves the basement! Everyone wants to get their shoes on and make a trip down to the basement! No, mommy cannot go down to the basement by herself because Alden and Zoe might miss something exciting that has happened in the basement!)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Daily outfit 5/31/14 For the toddler who likes all modes of transportation... ...and is an avid golfer... and likes to break the rules. Wearing: Dress: hand me down from neighbor Pants: old navy (maybe hand me down from brother?) Shirt: old navy "butterflies" Shoes: stride rite "flowers" (Alden will start his own cooking blog shortly) Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
(no, this isn't a picture of what I'm talking about) We're probably not sleeping much. Yes, we have a thumper here. I'm not exactly sure how she does it, I think it has something to do with THROWING her feet in the air and SLAMMING them down on the mattress, but Zoe can make the whole house shake. Is this supposed to be soothing? Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
It didn’t take me long to realize that I had more in common with the panelists at the Propel careers kick-off event than I did with many in the audience. I admit that I had very little idea what to expect but as the discussion started, it became clear that... Continue reading
Patch hill is actually kind of a large conservation area. The first time I went, I got a bit lost. There are posted maps, but they are a bit sporadic. Not even all the entraces have maps. The signs also tend to be faded so you can see yellow and red trails, but you can't see the lines for the blue trails. I wandered all over and ended up pretty tired. I did end up finding my way back to where I parked, but at one point I almost decided to take the next red trail I found (red goes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Zoe and I have been taking walks. Lots of walks. The other day I suddenly realized that I really should be taking the camera with me when we go out. Mind you, I'm taking the little camera. I'm already carrying 12 pounds of baby, I'm not about to take the big camera and lens. However, I present to you Steele Farm (complete with tractor). Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Yesterday at breakfast time, Alden climbed up on a chair at the table and started asking for his "dinner". Since there is some confusion about the names of meals, Brian and I assumed he was talking about his leftover pancake, which we had taken away because he was not sitting at the table. We gave the pancake back, at which point Alden started crying, "No! No! I want my dinner!" Confused, we asked him what dinner he wanted, "My carrots and cucumbers!" he wailed. Apparently, he was actually asking for the vegetables he had not eaten at dinner the night... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Hey! Guess what! We made it 6 whole days without going to the Doctor (off to see her again about a rash). Hey Zoe, this is not a competition you want to win! Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
This post needs a picture of her sad face. Instead, here is a picture taken by Alden. Anyway, she used to be a paci girl. When she was young and naive (all of two weeks ago) she would take the paci and fall asleep. Now, she has learned to use her hands to push the paci away with all her might. No paci! No! What was it? Was it the stay in the hospital? Was it finding out that at home she has virtually unrestricted access to the real thing? Whatever it is, she is sending a very clear message.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
We went to a petting zoo yesterday. Today Alden decided we had animals in our yard. We had a pony (for pony rides), sheep, and a goat (who was unavailable for petting, because he was eating lunch). That is all. Actually, upon further consideration, "We DO have one duck." His name is Pony. Brian clarifies that the duck is not available for pony rides. Edited to add: Brian just told me not to worry. Apparently, the pony went back in the green truck. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Little sister to Alden. Born Aug. 19th, 12:42AM. Kind of late on the official notice. Big brother is transitioning to preschool. Actually, transitioning is not quite right. They are supposed to go every few days when there is space, but there hasn't been much space and his best friend (who gets there when the doors open) always gets the spot. First he noticed she was gone. Then he figured out she was in preschool without him (and not "on a trip"). This morning has asked if he could go to preschool. I think he's ready. Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
I'd like to work for myself, maybe as a freelance science writer or maybe helping other people write.
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