Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Blog!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry about the lack of posts but I'm am writing a quick note here to tell you that we (Jeremiah and I) have a new travel blog.
The site is:


Please come and visit us there.
We are traveling around Asia this summer and this blog is meant to catalog our travels.

See you there.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear Heathie!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday to yoooooooooooooou.
Today is my baby sister's 23rd birthday.

Here is a picture of baby Heather being fed by my mom, while Jeremiah (yes, my husband) climbs up on the table.

Isn't that so cute.
Bad quality, sorry. The photo was in rough shape.

One of my favorite stories about Heather as a baby is actually about her and my brother Ryan.
When Ryan and Heather were little, Ryan used to climb into her crib and pull down all the stuffed animals (and we're talking 30) into the crib so that they were surrounded.
Later on, my mum or I would go in and find them both asleep in crib buried under all of the animals.
One of my other favorites takes place in a department store.
My mom had Heather and I with her while she did some shopping. Heather was about 5 so I was 9.5. My mom was looking through the racks and I was helping her look. Suddenly we couldn't find Heather.
My mom started panic while we looked around everywhere trying to shout her name without alarming too many people.
All of the sudden little tiny Heather emerges from the inside of one of those racks. Her eyes looked especially large and all of her hair was either plastered to her head or standing on end from the static electricity.
She looked at us both and said, "Hi Mum," in this tiny little voice.
She looked so cute and funny that my mom couldn't even be mad with her.
We were both so relieved to have found her anyway.
I think that my mom took us for ice cream at Brigham's after that.

This is a picture of us at Christmas. I think it was Christmas 88. Heather was 2 almost 3 at the time.

This is Heather (on the left), my other sister Coleen (middle), and I at Christmas a few years ago.

Happy Birthday Heather! I love you dearly and I am so happy to have you as my sister. Thank you for the many ways in which you love and support me. You are one in a million.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rash of Animal-Related YouTube Movies

I know I know. I can hardly refer to this website as a blog, it's more like a venue for posting my favorite YouTube videos. This is a really busy time of year for me at school. My AP Biology class takes their AP Exam May 12th. I've been working since September to teach them everything from basic chemistry (Hydrogen Atoms, Carbon molecules, electronegativity, etc.) to Ecology (how all organisms interact with one another and every abiotic element of the biosphere).
It's a lot of information and I get really stressed out about it.
I love biology so much, that I want the time to teach these girls everything all of these topics (well everything that I know about them at least).
I want them to be able to research exactly how the endocrine system works, to be able to make a model of the cell, and to be able to get outside and see many of these living creatures for themselves.
Unfortunately, there just isn't enough time to do it all, so I find myself sitting and thinking about what to teach and how to teach it in the most efficient manner.

For example, here is one of my more recent stream of conscience: "hmmm, scrap Drosophila lab, no fruit fly breedings, just computer-simulated, we'll get algae samples once the weather is warmer, ....what seeds for what plants should they grow? yes, they can grow, measure, observe their own plants, should they read that peer-reviewed paper on the population dynamics of algae in lake carango, they need to know phylogenetics, and they can review nucleic acid probe and polymerase chain reaction analyses.....hmmm yes. that's good, they can correct one another's bacterial transformation lab and hopefully make PowerPoints on all the major systems, except i'm going to have to teach them the endocrine system, and probably excretory....and respiratory... oh jeez and circulatory. forget it i'll teach it. tomorrow we'll do mosses, ferns, and other non-vascular plants."

Yeah. So basically my brain is constantly cluttered with teaching strategies for covering every topic related to the "study of life".
We're going to be getting into animals and animal behavior soon and there are a few YouTube movies that I like to show.
Evolutionarily speaking (micro not macro) there is really no incentive for any type of altruistic behavior in the animal kingdom. It is an eat or be eaten type of world. Animals automatically act in an economic fashion...and they are wild animals that act on instinct.
But sometimes, we see behavior that is just amazing.
Like animals teaming up to save one of their own, or even another.
Or animals forming relationships with humans, reported instances of wolves actually nursing human babies.
And my favorite, examples of animals relating with other animals.
Here are some examples:

The Battle at Kruger

Christian the Lion (from the movie Born Free)

Polar Bear and Husky

This is my AP Bio class at the Boston Regional Brain Bee.
They are really cute, very sweet, and they make me smile on a routine basis.
The class is actually 19, but only 12 participated in the Brain Bee since it was during February vacation. I also teach 65 freshmen biology students.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You're invited to the Aarti Paarti!

Have you seen my fabulous sister-in-law's cooking show?!!!? It's mouth-watering, brain stimulating, vision satisfyingly good.
There's humor, beautiful whole foods, comedy, and good old "downright domesticity"!
(Wink wink Seven Bride for Seven Brothers fans)

Well please check out this cooking show. is awesome. You can witness culinary genius taking place in a real kitchen. Free of any pomp and circumstance, Aarti's show is educational, interesting, comical and sincere. One can't help but feel welcomed and at home in Aarti's kitchen...even via cyberspace.

Catch the latest episode here. And don't forget to rate the episode and or become a subscriber.

After the show, if you find yourself "hungry" for some love advice, then I highly recommend this episode of Mike and Deidre: How 2 Love. I think this one's my favorite.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Fantastic Fainting Goats

For those of you who do not know, I'm mildly obsessed with farm animals and I am hoping to someday have some of my own.
Why? Why you say.
Well here's a reason if I've ever seen one.

I'm sure that I will never leave the house...I mean farm. Who needs movies, bowling, and crazy nights out when you have fainting goats at home.
Zucca would love these guys, and I wouldn't blame him.

The biologist in me can't help but provide you with the scientific explanation for this phenomenon.

I'm teaching it to my Advanced Placement class next period.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Snow, snow, snow

We have been getting quite a bit of snow up here lately.
Once the snow finally melts, it seems as though the sky opens up and dumps some more on us.
It is beautiful, but shoveling is less than enjoyable.
I don't know what I am complaining about, I barely shovel. Jeremiah does it all.

Anyways, Zucca loves the snow. If I throw a tennis ball out there in the yard for hin
Here are some pics.

In fact there has been so much snow that I had to, HAD TO purchase a pair of these boots by Keen

They're engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a little late because it happened on Halloween, but it's never too late to post something so exciting.
My dear friends Jess and Ty are engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jess and Ty met on a plane when Jess had to take a work trip to San Francisco.
Man, that feels like ages ago now, I was still living in DC at the time.

Anyways they soon started dating and as they say, the rest is history.

They are planning a wedding for next fall and from the sounds of it, it's going to be a blast.

I am so very happy for them and looking forward to this glorious occasion.
Ty is definitely the perfect lid to Jessica's pot (that's pottery pot, not marijuana).

On that note, my friends Mike and Suzy are also recently engaged. The too live in DC.
Mike is an old friend from high school with whom I reconnected at my friend Laura's wedding this summer.
He and Jeremiah bonded over banjo-talk and I had the pleasure of getting to know Mike's special California gal, Suz.
Like Mike, she is adorable.
Mike and Suzi were our first official house guests following mine and Jeremiah's wedding.
They visited early in November and came over for a night of pizza and red wine. This was pre-engagement.
Anyways. I have to dig up a picture of those two so you can see that lovely couple.

Congratulations and best wishes to both couples.

Homemade hat

After scouring the internet for the perfect little hat to make for my friend Jenn's son Evan

I finally settled on this little knit hat.
Unfortunately the hat seemed small and shapeless so I added the brown crochet edge to neaten it up and to give it some integrity.

I hope that Jenn receives the hat in the mail before she sees this post.

I am working on a baby blanket right now for one of my other friends. I tried making an adorable beret over the Christmas break. My sister-in-law Aarti and I worked on the same pattern while we were in the mountains.
Her's came out adorable and mine came out enormous. So I'm going to try it again.

Here's Aarti's

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello folks,
Sorry about the bad blogging.
I was distracted/busy/sick/relaxing.
Anyways, married life has been a blast.
There's nothing quite like coming home to your best bud everyday, especially when he is so stinkin' funny.

Over the break my sister and her boyfriend, Brian, introduced me to Guitar Hero.

They came over and we had homemade sushi.
Jeremiah's aunt Sabrina had given us a "make your own sushi" basket as a wedding present, complete with everything we could possibly need for a sushi feast (ingredients included).
We've made it 3 times now and I dare say that we are pretty good now.
Heather and Brian, what do you think?

Heather and Brian are brave. This was their second time coming over for dinner. They shared Thanksgiving with us too and here are some pictures from that day.
I brined the turkey in a contractor's bucket.
We also carved the turkey with one of Jed's fixedblade Benchmade knives.

pumpkin pie

stuffing in the making

jeremiah's apple sauce

my first homemade pie crust, it actually came out so good. i got it off Simple Recipes at

washing the turkey after it had sat in the brine for 24 hours.

Benchmade knife in action

zucca waiting patiently for some turkey

no thanksgiving meal is complete unless one of the guests dons a confederate civil war hat