Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Holy Vultures, Batman!

So, speaking of moonwalking bears, look at what I happened to notice on the way home from school today because I was more "aware." I think Jentry and I were the only two to witness this spectacle, as we thought it was pretty impressive but no one else seemed to even take notice. This was in a couple of trees, not 4 houses down the street from our apartment complex. Check it out. Pretty cool!

The music is "Apartment Story" by The National, from their album, Boxer. I highly recommend checking it out if you get a chance.

Monday, March 24, 2008

My favorite things

After work and on toast:



Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gig on Saturday

My band is playing at the Alumni House on the USU campus at 7:00 on Saturday. It's to raise money for supplies that will be sent over to Zimbabwe. There will be lots of bands there and dancers and food from Hamilton's. I need ideas on what to wear. I never feel "hip" enough with my clothes on stage. Anybody?

Three years ago today....

Today is the first day of spring. Three years ago today Scott and I went on our first date. We went to ice cream at Cold Stone and then wandered around Lee's. He was super cute and I was nervous, but we had a great time and I liked him a lot. Five months later (to the day) we were married. I never thought I was going to be one of those girls that would get married so fast, but he was the one and if I could go back I wouldn't have done it any other way. So happy "anniversary" to us. And of course in Logan on the first day of spring.....it's snowing.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

On a lighter note...

Jentry found this video and shared it with me; it's actually a replication of a famous psychology experiment that is pretty fun. Load it up and check it out for yourself. Afterwards, comment on this post and tell us if you were "aware."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Obama's speech on race

This is a great speech on race, on prejudice, and the diversity that is our nation. This man has my vote.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A bit of earth

My hippie-ness is squirting out all over our blog today. I have been wanting to grow a garden for a long time now, but alas we live in the world's tiniest apartment and have no place to grow wonderful things. But I have decided that nothing is going to stop me this year. I am going to try my hand at container tomatoes. I learned how to make origami starter pots out of newspaper here and we went to Lowe's yesterday, and got some potting soil, a nice big container for after the seeds have started to grow and some tomato seeds. I am very excited and will keep you posted on our "food forest".

Proud Mama

My quest for self sustainability has grown just a bit easier recently. I made my very first batch of homemade bread, and it was even half whole wheat. I used this recipe. I didn't kill the yeast, they rose beautifully and baked hard on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Amanda has even inspired me to start a sour dough starter, maybe next weekend. A professor that I work with has had a sourdough starter for over 30 years. That's impressive. Anybody got a good recipe for a starter?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Lincoln, NE

Well, as some of you may have heard already, we've finally made a decision about where I'm going for graduate school. If you're still wondering where that is, read the title of this post. That's right, we're going to be Cornhuskers, and we're proud of it. Actually, I must admit that I was surprised how much Lincoln, as a town, has to offer. For one, there are 241,167 people living in Lincoln. Downtown Lincoln boasts a wide variety of restaurants, its own performing arts center that attracts Broadway shows (at a low price), a weekly farmer's market (in the summer), and numerous public events. The University also hosts entertaining events, such as Jazz in June, numerous concert series, minor league baseball , and of course, UNL football. You can even catch non-stop flights to Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detriot. It's a 3-hour drive to Kansas City, and 8-hours to Denver or Chicago. I'm looking forward to driving to Kansas City for a weekend and enjoying some real, authentic KC barbecue. More info on Lincoln here.

But, of course, the city of Lincoln isn't the real reason we're going, though it helps that it is so nice (and that housing is so inexpensive!). The Behavioral Neuropharmacology program is absolutely terrific, and I feel a great fit for my research interests and long-term goals. Dr. Bevins is a fantastic researcher, and a really great guy. We're honored to have the opportunity to work with him and in his lab. For those of you who're curious, a lot of the work in the lab involves classical conditioning processes and their role in drug addiction. A recently published finding from their lab is that nicotine, often believed to be addictive because of its unconditioned, reinforcing properties, can also function as a conditioned stimulus for reward seeking behavior. I wont go into the gritty details of the experiments and implications, but suffice it to say that this new finding suggests that the role of nicotine in tobacco dependence is much more complicated to once assumed. If you're interested in seeing what the Behavioral Neuropharmacology program is like, visit their website here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PhD Programs

So I thought I ought to update everyone one that status of my applications. I recently returned from interview weekends with ASU and UNL. Both are terrific programs, and both have made me offers. We were also given an offer from WVU, but after securing an offer from ASU, we politely declined. However, we have yet to make a final decision regarding ASU or UNL, though, as many of you now know, we're strongly favoring UNL right now. This is more many reasons, but primarily because the feel the program is a better fit in general. So, it very well may be that we will be living in Lincoln, NE by the end of August. In celebration of such a successful application process, I've decided to share with you one of my favorite comic strips, which I feel has some relevance to the occasion.


More at:
http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php

Monday, March 03, 2008

I just can't help myself

I have been tuning in every Sunday to PBS to watch their "Complete Jane Austen" series. I have loved every bit of it. Scott was very sweet and bought me Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. I just keep watching them over and over again. One night after a movie PBS showed this promo with Coldplay's song "I will fix you" it turned me into a complete girl and full of mushy-ness. I thought you might enjoy it.

For all you crafty people out there

My friend Bonny has just started a crafty blog and sells all the stuff that she blogs about. Check it out! (Brooke and Amanda you would dig this)
http://thevillageshopblog.blogspot.com/