Archive for April, 2011

Cat’s Cradle

April 29, 2011 1 comment

I’m told this is a second grade thing – a friend reported experiencing the same phenomenon in her now third grader. Last week was Spring Break from school. The week before I checked out this book from the library Cat’s Cradle

By the end of the week Erin could do about 20 of them by heart.

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Kale Salad

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I own  Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair and pretty much everything I’ve made from it is awesome. Yesterday I went looking for something to make with kale and ran across the Kale and Currant Salad. I didn’t have all the ingredients and in classic DoctorMama fashion improvised and it worked out. Here’s the basic recipe and my modifications:

Kale and Currant Salad

1 bunch of kale
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup currants
3/4 cup diced apple (about 1/2 apple)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese.

Destem the kale, wash, dry. Cut kale into thin ribbons – it is possible to do this if you stack them all up and roll it up like a tortilla. But I did each one individually because my kale was particularly unwieldy.
Put kale + salt into large mixing bowl. Massage the salt into the kale for 2 minutes with your hands (this will release green pigments so your hands might turn green). Side note: useful technique for making coleslaw too.

Stir all the rest of the ingredients (except the cheese) in. Taste for salt and vinegar and add more if necessary.
Then when you’re satisfied add cheese.

My changes:

  • I used 1/2 bunch of kale and 1/2 bunch of mustard greens.
  • I only had white onions so that’s what I used
  • No currants in the house so I put in dried cranberries
  • The apple I was cutting was consumed by the oldest child. So I added more cranberries.
  • Feta instead of gorgonzola.
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April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

We eat a lot of tortillas. My husband, DrDad, likes wheat tortillas. I love corn tortillas except for the fact that they fall apart so easily. I dreamed last night I was making tortillas and stuffing them with all kinds of yummy goodness: fish, lime juice, rice, salsa. I’ve tried to make tortillas by hand before, but rolling them out turns out to be a disaster.

Today I ordered this tortilla press

I’ll report back when I’ve used it. It might be a while, I’m not sure when I think I’ll be able to use it with the semester wrapping up here.

Perhaps those Europeans have it right.

April 19, 2011 1 comment

We recently had a guest dog. Her owners were over in Paris, sending postcards and buying cookies celebrating a brother’s milestone birthday and hanging out in cafes.

They brought us cookies to thank us for watching their sweet dog and I couldn’t help but notice the packaging. Cookies made by Kraft foods. But down there on the right hand corner, front of the box

1 cookie = 62 kcal, 3% GDA (presumably GDA = gross daily allowance). I mean don’t get me wrong, I eat enough milk chocolate and butter cookies to do the math myself — more than one cookie = more running necessary. But I love that it is right there on the front of the box.

Of course it didn’t keep me from eating my share of cookies, which led to a little crying from the youngest when she discovered, sob, that “there aren’t any French cookies left.”  Umm, not in this house with the milk chocolate fan home.


April 12, 2011 1 comment

I was running this afternoon in the 26 minutes I had between getting home from work and walking over to pick up the girls from childcare. While running in the glorious weather we’re having, I spent some time reflecting.

I’ve had a few reasons this week to look into my work and personal emails for various items. In one instance I was searching for a friend’s recent email to me with the dates she will be in town. In the same process I found an email exchange describing the job search process I went through last year. I was the internal candidate who knew fairly well one of the other candidates (he is a friend from graduate school) and less well the third candidate (who I knew *of*, but didn’t know personally). Here’s a snippet of what I wrote to W. We had all interviewed on campus and I had just had a chat with my officemate, a tenured member of the faculty. I’m recounting what happened to W.

I say then, “I didn’t get the job.”  and she tells me that all she can say is that they have eliminated one candidate and that she and the woman who was in there (chair of the department) were arguing over the future of the department……….

Best case scenario: the search committee had a tie vote and sent my name + my friends’ name over and the provost will pick me.

Should my friend have gotten the job, I would have been out of work and would have been unemployed. And had a friend in town who got the job and I didn’t.

The title of this post is gratitude. Gratitude because the provost did pick me. I moved to this Great White North, to Ice Station Zebra for graduate school, with the intention of staying one year, then moving to the bigger city in the Great White North where the lab I was measuring samples is. Once we were here, it turns out we love it. We had two babies here in graduate school and live a very full life.  I love the city, love the climate, love the trees, love being a member of this excellent community. I am immensely full of gratitude not only that I found work as a professor at the end of my phd journey, but that it worked out in the great city I was struggling to leave.

But the title of the post is gratitude because the provost picked my friend too. Life with two geologists instead of one is not always perfect: I had a higher teaching load last fall, he has my favorite class to teach; I have a new prep that is kicking my butt four times a week. But gratitude because I have a colleague in my department. Someone who realized the icky application situation we were in last spring and was willing to call me to acknowledge it (before the interview process began in full). Someone I like; someone I can be annoyed with and then move on; someone who offers coffee. Fortunately for us, the provost picked us both.

And because this blog is supposed to be my postdoctoral ramblings as a mother and scientist, gratitude because I made it back home from the run with some time to spare. 30 seconds or so.

(Canoe outing the day I found out I got the job….)


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Lest you fear I’ve given up blogging…..

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Nope, just too busy living to move pictures and such to make interesting blog posts.

Here’s our week in a nutshell.

  • Dog sitting for a super dog, Sascha. While her owners cavorted about on The Continent (err went to France to visit family there).

  • Sick Child #1 mostly recovered from her mystery sleep a lot, be very crabby, eat very little illness. Growth? Virus? Message from God?
  • Child #2 possibly had the same illness, possibly just very tired.
  • Myself: very tired. then very sore throat. cancel class. feel ok. bake bread. feel slightly better, then worse, then better.

Exciting, this life we lead, no?

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