i've mentioned here before that sometimes i wonder about my own sanity.
well today, chalk one up for the crazies again...

we have this mandatory meeting about patient satisfaction and safety that i attended today.  it's for the entire hospital and they (the various department managers) give a presentation to groups of ~20 people from all different departments- nurses, labbies, house keeping... everyone has to go to this.  it's a power point and video that's supposed to be interactive, they give examples or ask questions and anyone who wants to pipe up can give an answer.  and one of the questions was:


ok, do you have an answer in your head?
just think of the first best answer.

well, i was about to say out loud to an entire room of people:

(-____-) • • •

thank goodness a nurse spoke up before me with "give consistent quality care".
that is obviously an excellent answer and that didn't even cross my mind.  of course we should treat everyone with the best care!  it makes total sense!  ugggh, why can't my brain just process normally... "remove non excellent workers" is such a dumb answer.

this is why i don't get a lot of patient interaction.
just give me your blood so i can go back to the lab and look at your cells alone with my microscope.


HEY! friday 5 time!
answer for yourself or read others' answers here: http://f.riday5.com/?p=754

  1. What’s had you spinning ’round in circles lately?
    ummm... cyclic hexadienes? LOL.  been studying benzene reactions for days to prep for ochem exam.  and it helped!  finished that tough mother with enough time to check work, but whether or not i got a good score... have to wait and see next week.

  2. When were you last on a bicycle?
    rode on thursday, but no exciting bikeventure.  just down to the store for toothpaste.

  3. Who’s the best storyteller you know?
    Dr. B has some of the most interesting stories!  very hilarious too.

  4. How well do you handle carnival rides?
    during the ride i'm ok.  after the ride i'm usually about to regurgitate my lunch.

  5. What do you think of TV gameshow Wheel of Fortune?
    i love word puzzles!  but wheel of fortune doesn't guarantee a win even if you can solve all the puzzles.  you could land on a bankrupt or just not spin enough dollars than the other contestants. hence, i would never go on that tv show.   i also noticed the prizes are harder to win.  in order to win a car you have to land on the "1/2 car" space TWICE (you know, 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 whole car) and then you have to solve the final puzzle, meaning you have to make it to the final puzzle in the first place, before you can get the car.  i also think i'd be pretty good at jeopardy but could never win because my reflexes are so slow... can't buzz in fast enough.  
today i clamped my hand!  i was pulling out a piece of metal with the pliers and it slipped and the palm of my hand got mashed into the fulcrum of the damn thing.  the problem is the pliers are super efficient and the part just below the fulcrum but above the grips is... corrugated?  it's patterned so that it can be used to grip a larger item and use as another set of pliers.  so now i have this perfectly rectangle bruise on my hand!  makes eating difficult... that spot is exactly where the lower chopstick rests...


today i was feeling lazy and didn't want to go out.  instead i stayed home and made scones with lemon curd because i have a whole carton of milk expiring today.  later i will finish up the carton by making tapiocas and umm... cereal. haha.  need to find more milk recipes.

for the scones, try them for yourself if you like.  my recipe is super simple and can be made quickly however, it's not an AAAA recipe.  it tastes good, but i'd still pick liliha bakery scones over these any day of the week.  as for the recipe source?  sorry, it's hand written on loose leaf paper in a binder that i have, not sure who the original author is.  they also aren't the prettiest looking... but i tried to make them homey and delicious so you would be tempted to try them out too.  ;)

lemon curd and scone

mix in a bowl 2 1/2 c flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder.
cut in 1 stick (8 tbs?) COLD butter.
add 1/4 c sugar (or 1/3 c if you plan to have it plain).
add 2/3 c milk
make a dough ball, try not to mix too much.  may be a little crumbly.
split into 6-8 pieces and bake 425ºF on a greased cookie sheet for ~20'.
* optional: brush top with egg before baking for a golden sheen.

for the curd, it's a standard recipe that i just eye ball.  sorry!
don't worry you only need a few ingredients and it's fun to be a mad kitchen scientist!

super low heat butter maybe half a stick or less.
add lemon juice.
continually whisk... add in milk, tbs at a time, don't let it curdle!
add powdered sugar to taste (still whisking on low).  it should thicken up by itself. :)

pour over baked scones, then soak up the rest with toast for breakfast. om nom nom!

R A N D O M !


  • ran two campy invasions, both flat lined.  = 12 hours of work, 6 days of incubation, 0 results.
  • need to submit campy abstract to local ASM meeting.  hoping to win travel $$$ for the general meeting, but it requires oral presentation... which i haven't prepared for this project.  not a huge problem, but i like to be extra prepared to answer whatever questions and i haven't had time to do that yet.  if you are interested in current micro research and a keynote speech about on bacteria on mars please register!
  • i taught a person how to ride a bicycle! check that off my bucket list.
  • i went to The End of minecraft. i saw a LOT of endermen ♡ but i didn't get to beat the ender dragon.

  • more phlebotomy this week!  i guess i'm not that rusty after  all, haha. 
  • i had a crazy dream that i was walking home from school and a bunch of kids came out of the bushes walking a camel!  A CAMEL!  i asked them where it came from and they said around the corner... i went around the corner and ended up at the back of lincoln elementary school cafeteria.  i looked inside and the cook was motherfcking saddam hussein!  and not grungy, bearded looking sadam hussein but a prim looking guy with a mustache- like his military statue (the one that got toppled)- and he had an apron on and was holding a wooden spoon.  crazy.
    he totally looked like this but with an apron and hair net:

  • who's been participating in the gaia valentines/10yr anniversary event?  i'm all decked out in gaia party gear. ^^
  • today's meteor in russia... i was more excited to see what neil degrasse tyson had to say about this. #startalk #nerdistchannel
  • happy st. valentine's to me... i splurged and bought myself this snake: http://fab.com/sale/17743/product/119917/?usid=13

  • fontaines came out!  (and i heard vintage holdout is built in to the design!)

    but i'm more excited about USPC steamboat and reprint fan!

    i ♡ vintage designs.  i think i'm unconciously wanting to learn vintage hold out but right now i don't think i have the skillz to do it.
    also, i've never had any stripper decks (i'm generally not into trick decks, i like the idea of doing tricks with the ordinary stuff. ) but am kind of drooling over these........
  • i need to do my taxes. :(

breathing underwater ♡

breathing underwater // reflection ♡♡

breathing underwater // acoustic ♡♡♡ !!!!


hey, it's wednesday already!  half the week gone ahhhh... where does time go...

after the best day ever, i had another day(s) of awesome stuff!
friday, i went to night in china town to celebrate the year of the snakesssssss!  first, dinner at my favorite place, hong kong noodle.

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in a few months i am going to be very sad.  the owners are retiring and a new owner will take over... i'm sure the food will still be good but the atmosphere will be different.  can't go in any more and have cecilia ask if i'm having "the usual" or chit chat about her grand kids and work.  even my parents have been eating there since before i was born... before they were even married!  but it's all for the best, really happy for them to enjoy retirement. :)

i was with yummiestars and we walked all around china town, watching different kung fu clubs blessing the shops.  i love the sounds of the different clubs and the different colored lions.  and fireworks.  looooove the fireworks.  chinese new year, yo... so they use the real stuff. loud and red and smoky.  i ran into a lot of people i knew. great to see old and new friends.  celebration always brings people together. ^^  still sorting through pictures of the night, but here are a few to get started with:


traffic jammed
(i ran into the great and infamous sau again!)

portions for foxes

bright corner

(R & Doug making *kawaii-peace-sign!*)

after walking, we went to hang out with some other friends at five ocean until midnight.  
and then i got home and passed out after another 24 day, lol.  sooooo much for new year resolutions!

on saturday, i biked back to cultural plaza to peruse the booths.  i bought a cool opera mask, a bracelet, and a narcissus plant.  then i biked to punahou carnival for lunch/dinner... gyros!!!  i also walked through the white elephant tent but didn't see anything to strike my fancy.  i biked home the short way... up and over auwaiolimu street.  ugggggh... i really dislike hills.  >___<  but i made it!  go legs, go! 

when i got home i was thinking, oh good, shower, make a quick snack and then four hours to snooze before work.  but i got called in early again.  it was like a cartoon moment- where a spoon of jook was half way to my mouth and i stopped to answer the phone and then the jook never gets finished. haha.

so that was the end of my fun awesome weekend!  
work has been uneventful (except that i've been doing more phlebotomy than usual, but that's ok, i could use the practice), school has been junky (except for lunch at 220 grille ;9 ), and research has been making progress (hopefully moving on to carbon dioxide assays if we can locate a regulator for the gas tank we have).

that's all for now!

for today's music selection i wanted to share walk 'em with grace by the get up kids, but it's a bonus track on there are rules and can't find a video or link for it. :(  sowwwie, guess you'll have to itunes or amazon preview it.  instead, you get keith case (because i share rememorable, my favorite song, too often!)




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