The New Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_422" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Kitchen before renovations.[/caption] Three months ago, we had some pipes leak in our kitchen that caused some damage to the flooring and the cabinets and resulted in us basically getting a brand new kitchen. We contacted State Farm to see about getting any coverage, and thankfully, they agreed to help cover some of the damage.…

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October Update

Where has time gone? It's already October, which means I missed out on September. Well, I didn't really miss it. I was busy with a graduate school ritual known as the preliminary examination. Prelims are, without a doubt, the most stressful event for a graduate student. You might think it's writing the dissertation or even giving your final defense. The…

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Garden Produce

The tomato plants have fruit, but I'm awaiting them to ripen. The pepper plants are starting to produce. The strawberries are on their second round of harvest. In the mean time, the squash and zucchini are providing us with food of plenty. Yesterday I picked four zucchini, all from the same plant. This morning, I grabbed two more before leaving…

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My Research: What I have been up to

Last week, the fruits of my last three year's work has finally come to fruition in the journal PLoS One. The premise is that the personality behavior we call boldness, or the bold-shy continuum, is not only heritable, but a genetically correlated multivariate trait. The research is essentially a continuation of a project Mary Oswald completed for her dissertation, however…

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The Garden of 2013

Because I was laid up and out of commission for much of the spring, I wasn't able to work on expanding our garden much this year. Last year, I built a third 4x8 foot box and a 2x4 foot box which were meant to be tiered for planting small annual herbs in large quantities. I never got that box filled…

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Birding in Lewiston

Given my current disabled condition, there's not much I can do to get ouside and enjoy the sunshine, but there are a few places that I can go. There are paved walking and bike trails in every nearby town, and some of them offer spectacular scenery. The Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes, for example, starts in Plummer and meanders for…

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Fall Foliage

I've been spending a lot of time finishing up my dissertation proposal, which is due in a little over a week, and that has kept me from taking time to enjoy the outdoors. We got some considerable rain over the past weekend which lead to some dramatic skies and really clear views on Monday and Tuesday, but I just wasn't…

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Aurora

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A test shot from early on in the night. Notice the two meteors captured in this frame. Apparently, I also caught the end of a major meteor shower.[/caption]   This story begins Friday night when I learned that a large coronal mass ejection (CME) sent a burst of solar radiation from the sun headed toward Earth.…

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Smoke in the Air

Where have I been the last three weeks? To put it lightly, I have been choking on smoke. Since returning from the Seven Devils trip over Labor Day Weekend, the wildfires in the northwest, particularly in Idaho, have flared up. A fire south of the Devils appeared as well as a large fire just outside of Riggins. There have been…

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Huckleberries.

I went up to Freezeout Saddle with some photo club people to pick huckleberries. As I expected, they were still ripe, and very plentiful. But the problem with huckleberries is that you can pick for an hour and still not get very much. I think I came home with maybe a pint of berries. I brought my camera up as…

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Perseoids

Every summer at early-mid August, we enter a portion of the solar system rife with meteors, and ever year around this time, many of those chunks of rock and debris hit our atmosphere and burn up, giving us the Perseoid meteor shower. This year, the shower did not occur during a full moon, and so the skies were dark and…

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Garden Update

For the past month, we've been able to enjoy some of the produce coming out of the garden. The lettuce has been producing beautiful and tasty leaves. There's nothing like a freshly-picked salad. One of the lettuces has flowered and will soon go to seed. I think we will let it mature in an attempt to collect seeds to plant…

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Publications

I don't usually like to gloat about my accomplishments, but sometimes a little self promotion doesn't hurt. I'll start with the announcement of my first publication, which officially rolled off the presses last month. Last year, our lab was contacted to write a book chapter in a methods and protocol book on assessing anxiety behaviors in Zebrafish. So Barrie, Maia,…

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Aurora, part II

Well, I made my last post a bit too soon. After spending the evening on Freezeout Ridge (story and photos to come soon), Erin reminded us that the aurora might still be occuring and that we could possibly see it tonight. Clarkia isn't the best place to test this hypothesis because its surrounded by tall mountains in all directions, so…

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