There is Hope

I commute by bike.  Normally my experience is that most drivers are annoyed by my presence on the road.  I say the majority of people just drive past me, happy to get past the slow moving bike.  A small minority go out of their way to show their ass-hole-ish nature.

I haven’t been hit yet, but I’ve had my share of close calls.  People have yelled at me and given some rather unsavory gestures.  I try to remind myself that those people are the minority and I hope that they will eventually learn to accept bikes as vehicle.

Yesterday I had an encounter that was very refreshing.  A gentleman pulled up next to me in his rather large SUV.  I assumed that he was either going to tell me off or he was just trying to get in a position to pass me easier.  I was wrong.

He said, “Thank you for riding your bike.”  I was shocked.  No one has ever thanked me.  I’m sure I looked shocked because he then followed it up with asking me how far I ride.  I managed to answer before the light changed. That made my day and from the feel of things, it might be the highlight of the week.

Temperature Scarf

I just got the urge to attempt the temperature scarf once more. My original attempt was a little too ambitious.

This time I’m going to keep things simple. And because I can never have things too simple I decided that I’m going to make two of these. One for my husband and one for my daughter. A representation of the year they each entered my life.

It sounds corny and maybe it is but I don’t care. I have the yarn. I have a project in mind. I even have a story. (Which isn’t always needed but is nice.)

Back at Work

I got a job again.  Still research.  Still same university.  Still same goofy people.  Just a different lab.

I’m also biking into work again.  Which means only one thing… my sit bones are sore.  Really sore.  I might be wishing for a thunderstorm to roll through so I can ask Alex to drive me, kind of sore.


Experiment Alton Brown

My husband and I bought the Alton Brown cook book “Everyday Cook.” We are planning on cooking our way through this book one recipe at a time. We’ve already tried the chicken piccata (success) and the shrimp and grits (super success).

This morning we decided to be a little adventurous and try the mango lassi. I’ve never had fresh mango at home so I had no clue how to prepare it. After finding the Alton Brown video for cutting a mango I was confident in my skills. Chopped mango done.

Grated my fresh ginger. Added the salt and chili powder. Lastly I added the buttermilk. Yes buttermilk. I know lassis are made with yogurt but this was the Alton Brown version and he uses buttermilk. (He uses left over buttermilk from other recipes like his waffles or pancakes.) Blend till smooth and drink.

It was… interesting. It didn’t really look like the thing from the cookbook but I was positive that all the flavors were there.  I loved the fresh ginger. Not too sure on the buttermilk though. I can see where some people would love this drink and want it all the time. Alex and I agree that it’s not for us. Grace seemed to enjoy it though. Adventure baby.