Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Numbers

  • Counting today, I have worked the last 8 days in a row.
  • Today, I biked in my normal 3 miles to work. Except that it was in the rain. Booooo! Thankfully, I have a change of clothes for the gym with me. So now everyone has to put up with me in spandex. Zexy!
  • This week, it will be one year until our wedding! We've already booked the venue, and we might have the honeymoon organized to a certain extent. And I might also have found a photographer, and some great entertainment. Other than that, the whole thing's up in the air.
  • This week, I have about 25 experiments to do. I hope they all turn out with results!
  • Tonight, I have yoga at 5:15pm. Hopefully, she won't be as hard on us this week as she was last week. I literally had trouble walking, bathing and clothing myself for at least two days after that last class!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ode to My Fear of Heights Haiku Friday

Upon arriving
in Jackson, we headed to
see the mountaintop.


Half of the ride was
fine, but the cliffs got to me.
Had to close my eyes.


Wind clocked at 40
on the top. Literally
blew us off our feet.

my shaky pic of the aerial tram as it approached the dock. it was freezing cold, windy and terrifying to head back down the mountain.

Yes, I was a bit shaky, but I made it to the top!

Wow, that view was unreal!

What helped? Moose Drool, a beer from Montana. It was pretty good, and they thankfully sold it at the top of the mountain, in order to fortify my ride down. Also? We spotted a moose and her baby on the tram ride down (no pics unfortunately, I was too terrified clutching the side of the tram to take any pics).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dear Wyoming,

I honestly knew nothing about you until I arrived two weeks ago. The flight into Jackson is pretty hairy, so I was unsure what to expect. But I have to say, the view from your tiny, tiny airport was breathtaking. Your roads are amazingly well taken care of, you seem to have snow fences in all the correct places. Your museums were superb, and your landscape was unreal. Add to that a very friendly population, even whilst driving, and I can't imagine a better place to vacation. I'm not too sure why people see Wyoming as a not so interesting place to visit, but I was smitten. And still am. And I am looking forward to a return visit.
with love,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Numbers Monday

(courtesy of coodence)

1) In the last 2 weeks, I have travelled over 5200 miles. 4000 of those were by airplane, while 1200 were by a 1921 Model T Ford.

2) I took over 650 pictures, which I am sure you will be subjected to over the next few weeks.

3) We spent nearly one week in Yellowstone, followed by one week on the road around Yellowstone.

4) We visited two states, Wyoming and Montana.

5) We drove with nearly 20 other Model Ts, which included going through a pass at 11,000 feet, as well as driving on a road with a 10% grade.

6) Surprisingly, the T got about 20 miles to the gallon, and did not break down once, while my parents, in their modern motorhome, had a hell of a time getting up to Jackson, WY.

7) Alex and I packed all our things in one suitcase and two backpacks.

8) The first few days, the temperature hovered around 32 degrees! We were very thankful for the hot pockets my cousin Alison brought along.

9) We saw countless animals, including numerous buffalo, two moose, several elk (including on standing atop a ridge at sunset, bellowing to the females), many, many deer, one fox or coyote, and thousands of stuffed animals.

10) We stayed in 10 different places over two weeks. I am both glad and sad to be home. Back to work!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grad Student Haiku Friday

Library empty
Closing early, holiday
weekend is soon here.


I kind of love the
silence, the stillness, hum of
machines tick tock tick


No cell phones, whispers,
to break my concentration.
Just write and finish.