Archive for ‘Holiday Hoopalah’

September 19, 2016

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day

by Janie Jones

Yes, this made up holiday has been quite over done.  But, still it’s a great excuse to tell your favorite lame pirate jokes.  Mine?  Can you guess…

pirates favorite amino acid

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March 17, 2016

Erin go bragh

by Janie Jones

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Now, normally everyone would celebrate by embracing the color green, but, according to my March 2015 Better Homes & Gardens magazine (which I didn’t read until well past last year’s St. Patrick’s Day, and have been saving this tidbit ever since), prior to 1798 the original color of St. Patrick’s day was blue.

blue shamrocks-edit

Just doesn’t seem the same, does it?  However, there is apparently a type of shamrock that does have blue flowers:

 

Parochetus communis, aka africanus

Shamrock Pea, Blue Oxalis

January 4, 2016

I am still here…

by Janie Jones

Fall semester held me in it’s miserable thrall up to the last possible moment.  I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, but all things considered I did pretty well.  As I look at my grades I had to laugh.  Apparently I wasn’t allowed to get the same grade in more than one class:

Genetics Lab: A

Virology: A-

Genetics Lecture: B+

Biochemistry Lecture: B

Biochemistry Lab: B-

 

If it wasn’t for that cursed Biochemistry Lab being twice the work of all my other classes combined it would have been a very different semester, I tell you.

But, it is over and now I have 72 more class days left in the spring semester to endure before graduation.

The holidays were fun, but busy.  The spud visited which was nice, but exhausting.  And, right after taking her back to the airport it was a mad dash to finish off the essays for my Graduate School application.

Oh, that was fun.  Man o man, have I stories I could tell, only I’m so ripped to shreds by the last 4 months that I have lost the will to bitch.

In any event, it has been submitted and application fees are paid so it is out of my hands now.  The decision on whether I am accepted will probably come sometime by the end of March. Depending on the outcome I may graduate in May and be done with the collegiate chapter of my life, or I may decide I haven’t been totally and utterly annihilated by the educational system yet and pick up another 4-6 years.

And in the Lyme Research Lab we have been out of media (read bacteria food) for over 2 months.  Apparently there is only one place in the United States that makes the precise formula these bacteria live on, and they are, I guess, back ordered for some unfathomable reason.

I managed to scrounge up a couple dozen mLs from another researcher who didn’t need it and have had my little buggers on short rations this whole time.  But I have about two more feedings left (about 2 weeks) and then they starve to death.

You might not think this is such a bad thing.  But in a research lab, if you have no subject to research, well, you don’t get much done.  And, in general you don’t get paid to do nothing.  I volunteer, so what does that say about me.  Should I be worried?  Well, I kinda wanted to do my graduate studies with this lab.

Well here’s hoping 2016 is a better year.

December 25, 2015

Dogs like Christmas, Dog-Mom.

by Janie Jones

Are those small brown packages dog presents?  Oooh, I bet they are!

July 2015 004

I smell dog bones….

November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, have some Oatmeal

by Janie Jones

roasted_dinosaurs

November 24, 2015

Tuesday Titters: Gobble Gooble Moo

by Janie Jones

 
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and the butcher is just locking up when a man begins pounding on the front door.

“Please let me in,” says the man desperately. “I forgot to buy a turkey, and my wife will kill me if I don’t come home with one.”

“Okay,” says the butcher. “Let me see what I have left.” He goes into the freezer and discovers that there’s only one scrawny turkey left. He brings it out to show the man.

“That’s one is too skinny. What else you got?” says the man.  The butcher takes the bird back into the freezer and waits a few minutes and brings the same turkey back out to the man.

“Oh, no,” says the man, “That one doesn’t look any better. You better give me both of them!”

Joke found at Thanksgiving Turkey Jokes.  Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/thanksgiving/jokes/turkey.htm#jbCMqQv3d3CJt5s0.99
October 27, 2015

Tuesday Titters: In the spirit of Halloween

by Janie Jones

How should you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?

With a pumpkin patch.

What was the monster’s favorite cereal?

Scream of Wheat.

 

From Ranger Rick Magazine