Sunday, June 23, 2019

Suspension of Disbelief, x2

1) Now I have a migraine. Doubting the herbs' preventive properties and attributing it to the steroid taper. Bah.

2) Today I was reading a book featuring interdimensional  travel, magic, and aliens.... when someone sprayed a silver chloride solution.


I mean, look, make up a universe with totally different rules, but if you're going to change fundamental chemical principles.... that's gotta be on purpose!

(Silver chloride is almost completely insoluble in water.)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Offended by Life

So I've been having these terrible migraines twice a month for a year (every 28 days like clockwork; thanks for nothing, hormones!).

In between a million doctor's appointments I decided - probably in a (properly prescribed) drugged haze - to try a 'migraine supplement'.  One of the ones with herbs and a bunch of random B vitamins in possibly toxic doses.  (Also some enormous dose of magnesium, and I have given up drinking all alcohol, most added sugar, all painkillers, and more than one cup a day of coffee, all of which is also terrible).  The evidence is shaky!  The magnitude of the effect is... not entirely convincing!  But also one migraine lasted for five days.

My friends, I regret to inform you that it might be working.  I do not believe in herbal supplements or shaky observational studies or taking vitamins in normal, healthy adults.  But the migraines are so horrible that I think I have to... keep taking this stupid supplement?   I am deeply offended.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Boring Appliance News

The dryer required six phone calls, five days, three delivery times, and a hefty helping of acerbic annoyance before it was returned to the store.

I still don't have a new dryer.

We put the broken washer on the curb for recycling and some bubba in a pickup promptly hauled it off; nature's own rural recycling force.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Not It

This week I finally received the dryer I ordered three weeks ago.

When I went to plug it in it.... had a wiring diagram. Because it is a gas dryer.

So full is my brain that I wondered for five full minutes if I had ordered a gas dryer by mistake, even after checking my order twice.

Nope! Wrong one delivered! They can replace it in three more weeks!

(I returned it and ordered another, which will arrive in a mere six days. However, I get to enjoy appliance delivery THREE TIMES!)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lab Flashbacks

As part of my summer work, I'm drawing up new lab protocols. I've outfitted the corner of the lab of my partner-in-science-crime, and I geek you what, working alone in the basement is giving me some extremely unpleasant memories. (I hate wet lab research. If you don't, good for you! I also hate tomato soup, you can have my serving of both.)

Friday, May 24, 2019


Me: "...and you were *also* a fantastic babysitter. I'm sure you'll have a great time in grad school but we're really going to miss you."
Student's Mom: "Oh, so you must be Mrs. Scientist then?"
Graduating Student : "No, she's DR. Scientist; she worked hard for that PhD!"
( Me, internally: this one will be fine.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Offered For Your Consideration

I ran across this delightful print today and immediately bought one (and also sent it to practically everyone I know). My state has horrible Tea Party license plates, which I see every day, and, well. This is a platform I could get behind.

I am hanging it in my office where every single visitor will see it the moment they walk in the door.