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I would have flown to Europe

Dear American Airlines,

If I wanted to spend 8 hours in an airplane, I would have bought tickets to Europe.



In case I didn’t describe the difficulties of travel out of Lexington enough in last week’s post, here’s more ranting.

First, weather in Dallas delayed our flight 2 hours. The Lexington airport is home to exactly 3 shops: a bookstore, a restaurant, and a gift shop. So, Dustin (my conference buddy) and I bought a deck of cards and played speed and showed each other magic tricks.

Dustin: the card trickster 

The Dallas airport re-opened and we were able to take off. Only, mid-flight the pilot came on to announce that the Dallas airport was re-closed and he was in the process of calculating whether we’d have enough gas to make it to Dallas, since we now had to fly around until the airport opened again. I know I can be a bit of a nervous flyer at times, but the last thing I want to hear when 30,000 feet above the ground is that we may not have enough gas to make it to our destination.

Keeping yourself busy on the plane is about as easy as stealing markers from a toddler.  

So, we landed in Wichita to refuel. And we couldn’t get off the plane. 45 min later, we were in the air again, and we finally made it into Dallas. Surprisingly, our connecting flight to San Diego was still in Dallas, and we were able to make it. Despite some serious turbulance at the beginning of the flight (the flight attendant even announced that if people were feeling sick, they should turn on the air – at which point everyone on the plane reached up and turned on the air), the rest of our trip was as smooth as it could be.

Wichita, KS: There’s no place like home? 

Turns out we arrived at the conference a day early, so we spent most of the day bumming around San Diego, and we went to the Padres-Brewers game this evening (Brewers lost; 6-8).  It was free hat night!

PetCo Park

DJ and Jen, sporting new headwear  


May 26, 2007 at 1:44 am 2 comments

Itchy and Scratchy

And not in the Simpsons way.


Somehow, at some point in the last week or so, I must have rubbed ankles with some poison ivy.  Only, since I’m not a woodsy-type, I thought it was a bug bite.  Until it started blistering and oozing.  Oh gross.  (and, I have since read that the hydrocortizone cream I’ve been rubbing on it for the last week may have sensitized me to the poison – not great).

Fortunately, Dustin, my conference roommate is a camper, and diagnosed my little problem.  Or big problem now, since I not only have it on my ankle, but on the back of my thighs (right near my butt, guess I sat on my knees) and inside of my left thigh.  Ahh!  It’s miserable!

May 26, 2007 at 1:07 am Leave a comment

Twin Cities

Our trip to Minnesota started out a bit rough, but we finished strong. Thursday, we missed our 5:25am flight due to alarm malfunction (aka Jen set her alarm for 4PM, not 4AM) and we were incredibly lucky to get on another flight, since there are about 5 flights out of Lexington each day. An additional bonus was that Jason got to eat Qdoba during our connection in Atlanta (yes, we flew south to go north).

When we finally arrived in MSP, we made our way to the Herkimer, JT’s favorite uptown hangout, where we met up with friends and ate nachos, pretzels, and mini-burgers until we couldn’t eat any more. In fact, I am still full from all the eating we did. Yummy.

JT enjoys his Herkimer nachos

After the H, we headed back to Jeff and Andrea’s to watch the Office season finale and check out their cute dog, Frank, who we hope will be Barley’s best friend if/when we move back to Minneapolis.

JT’s interviews were all day Friday, and he claims that he impressed everyone that interviewed him. We should find out just how impressed they are tomorrow. I spent the majority of the day Friday talking with my graduate advisor, Marilyn, as well as Jen (postdoc) and Justin (grad student) who still work in the lab. After my meetings and JT’s interview, we headed over to St. Thomas to move my cousin, Jim, out of the dorms. We’ve figured out why he’s so skinny: his room was on the 7th floor and the dorm’s only elevator was slow. Of course, a trip to St. Paul wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to Izzy’s, home of the world’s best ice cream (even Jason’s brother, Kevin, the bona fide ice cream expert said it was good). After ice cream: dinner at Galactic Pizza with Jeff, Andrea, Aaron, Mike, and Mike’s dogs. Then, back to my aunt & uncle’s house to hang out with my super-awesome cousins Jennifer and Catherine.

mmm… mini-burgers…

Saturday, we tortured Jennifer and Catherine pretty much all day. First, a trip to the megamall (of course!) and Ikea. Then, to Best Buy and Target. And, to feed our bellies after a long day of shopping, we stopped at Sebastian Joe’s for more ice cream (Kevin approves of Sebastian Joe’s, too), and the Herkimer for more pretzels, nachos, and mini-burgers. Then, back to their house to watch movies (or, if you’re me, to pass out on the couch 5 min into the movie).

Sunday was uneventful – we returned the rental car and flew back to Lexington.

This week we’ve just been hanging out with the dog. Jason is still waiting for the job offer of his dreams, and I’ve been getting ready for my trip to San Diego on Thursday (I’m speaking at a conference).

May 22, 2007 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment


Apparently, I am a good doggy-mama. Look what Barley got me for Mother’s Day! (It’s the book “Marley and Me” – but with a “B” stuck over the “M” in Marley).

Isn’t he sweet?  I think we’ve finally tamed wild dog, and all it took was 4 squirts of the water bottle to his face.

Although, truthfully, I think I deserve the doggy’s affections. Who gets up at 6:15 to let the dog out? Who tries to play with the dog? (I say “tries” because I don’t think he gets it yet). Who feeds him? Who walks him? Who lets him stay in the house? Yes, yours truly (and sometimes Jason).

And I even try to set up doggy play dates for him. Here he is with his friends Darla and Denver:

I may be turning into an obsessive pet owner. Or, the novelty of the dog has not worn off yet. Only time will tell…

Barley has been sick the past 2 days, though. He is so pitiful, something I think he learned from Jason, who is also pitiful when he’s sick. Anyways, I put Barley’s doggy bed next to mine last night while I folded laundry, and he curled up on it and fell asleep around 7. Tonight, he disappeared while I was sitting on the couch, and I went to my room to find him curled up on his doggy bed again. Isn’t he sweet?

May 14, 2007 at 10:08 pm 3 comments

Another Busy Weekend

Our busy weekend started with a Lexington Legends baseball game. The Legends are the local minor league team, and we went for “thirsty Thursdays” (aka cheap beer night).

I have to be honest: I people-watch more than I watch the game. Fortunately for me, there was some good people-watching, with it being cheap beer night and all. We sat in the cheap seats, which was a strange assortment of families with young children and college kids, and even some 5th grade hoodlums (complete with baggy sweatshirts and gangsta struts). Fantastic.

We devoted most of the day Saturday to removing dead, overgrown weeds from the fence next to the driveway. On Sunday, we created a raised flower bed where the weeds had been (okay, by “we” I mean Jason did it and I supervised). I then planted some perennials and some sunflower seeds, so eventually the fence should be pretty.


May 14, 2007 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I’ve been MIA lately.  I blame it on our dual-personalitied dog, and the random cold I had last week.

Anyways, the dog: (since he’s really the most exciting thing going on).  He is a) Barley: a super-mellow and friendly dog OR b) wild dog: a crazed, hyper dog who likes to nip at me.

Apparently, wild dog doesn’t understand the dominance hierarchy we’ve got in the house – he thinks Jason’s in charge and I’m just another dog.  (He has a LOT to learn).  So that’s super-neat, especially when I try to play fetch with him (he doesn’t know how to play, so I’m trying to teach him) and he jumps all over me.  That, and wild dog doesn’t really like it when I go to sleep – he barks and wakes me up and makes me take him out.  What about Jason?  Well, wild dog doesn’t dare wake Jason up, since Jason has asserted his dominance.

So it’s been an interesting couple of weeks.  And, I’m now carrying a water bottle around and squirting wild dog in the face when he jumps on me.  I’ve only done it twice and he freaked out both times, so I suspect it will be a great success.  That is, if it doesn’t scare the dog away permanently.

In other news:  We’ll be making a top-secret trip to Minneapolis in 2 weeks.  Turns out  a pharma company in the Twin Cities might want to hire Jason.  It’s a good opportunity for him, and even if I have to stay here through September (or 2008), we thought it would be wise to even explore the option.

May 4, 2007 at 6:09 pm 3 comments

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