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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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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 5 days ago 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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Brian (repeating after Alden): "Get it." Me: "Ha ha" Alden (reaching for napkin): "Get" Me: "That really sounds like he said get" Alden (grabbing napkin): "Dgouddd did, dgoudd did, dgoudd did" Brian: "Mama and get?" Me: "Urrrrrrgh" Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
IMG_8245 Originally uploaded by brianfiskHappy Thanksgiving from all of us. We will now find out if Alden likes stuffing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Alden has started saying "Mamamamamamama" (among other things). I was so excited, because everyone says that babies say dada before they say Mama. Well, I thought, my baby is different. He's a genius! Unfortunately, "Mamamamamama" apparently means, "I want something, figure it out. No really, figure it out. NOW. NOWNOWNOWNOWNOW! Why so slow? What about NOW." As in, "Get in the kitchen and fix me some snack, woman!" or "Change my poopy diaper, Dude." or "Just put me in my bed, you idiot!" It's tough when you are SO MUCH SMARTER than your parents and are clearly communicating perfectly well... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Happy Halloween! Originally uploaded by brianfiskFrom our resident photographer. We didn't think we'd go, but we ended up walking out with the older kids for trick-or-treating. It was quite cold. Alden seemed to enjoy it because there were older kids AND glow sticks. Today I realized that I had my hat and gloves with me the whole time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
So on our way up to NH for the weekend (we can't go to the Inn where we got married because it was foreclosed upon or something and is up for auction. BOO! Anybody got an extra 1.3 million lying around?) we stopped by the Mancuso world quilt show. It was interesting. I was in a bit of a rush by the end (nap time) and I didn't take a lot of pictures, but I did take a few. I know I missed a few that I liked including a few in the South African section and a few in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
It's been mighty quiet around here. What with me being at work most of the time and Alden being in daycare and Brian taking over most of the picture-taking duties, there hasn't been much to say. I did try to take a video today of Alden playing with his toy. He wanted to play with the camera. Hence, this video of Alden trying to grab my camera. We think he is right handed. What do you think? Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
(By which I mean the popular quilting fabric by popular fabric designers). OK, so I haven't done much sewing lately and what I have done has been all about just finishing things and/or using some of the beautiful fabrics I have. I am about to start a few projects. Some of them are gifts and some of them are just ideas. The gifts are easy in a way, because I don't have to think so much about what appeals to ME aesthetically. No, that isn't right. Of course they have to appeal to me, but I'm more about making something... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
He likes his O-ball. When I was looking for one of these on the web, some website (maybe BabiesRUs?) had these listed as O'ball. Now when I say it, I have to say it in a lilting Irish accent. O'ball, O'ball. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training
Something about Alden wanting the blanket and climbing over the boppy to get it? Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2010 at Evil Genius(es) in Training