Vegan Thanksgiving?

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I was a bit skeptic.  Being a soy-allergic, food loving (meat loving) individual, the idea of “vegan Thanksgiving” almost sounded like an oxymoron.  But I had trust in my friends (proven by leaving my epipen at home) I ventured into the world of vegan noms.  This was not the cliche vegan food.  There was not even a trace of a tofurky.  The hostesses were amazing and only had 2 soy items on the impressive menu.  They even found a soy free vegan butter for the mashed potatoes!!  It was such a colorful spread and I left full, happy, and with new recipes to try out.  It didn’t even feel like a vegan thanksgiving meal, it just felt like thanksgiving.  I need to cook with these ladies more often 🙂

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Right in the backyard.

You sometimes forget the awesome things to see that are right around the corner from where you live.  Things people travel from all over the world to see.  I’ve been in Rochester for 6 years and had not been to Niagara Falls.  Okay, it isn’t exactly “around the corner”, but it is close.  It took some interested out-of-staters to make the trip, and it was totally worth it.  I should have them make a list of cool things to see and do in the area so I don’t miss anymore neat things.

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PS – this picture was taken with my iPhone!  Not too shabby 🙂

You might be a nerd if.

Research is one of those jobs that’d doesn’t exactly offer instant gratification. It takes some time and a lot of troubleshooting to get to where you hope to be. It makes you appreciative of the process and not just the outcome. I think it makes for a good life lesson too. These past few months, the little victory at work has been growing neuron cultures in a dish from a live mouse sample. It was a new thing for our lab and we got it to work and light up with pretty colors. And if you know me, you know how much I like pretty colors 🙂 I decided to make it my phone background as a reminder of the little successes and the goals I hope to achieve.

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Here is the real nerdiness: