To beef or not to beef

There I was, staring at the bags of frozen pig and cow bones at the end of the freezer section in my local Viet store.  I picked up a bag – the one that seemed to have the fewest cuts – gauged the weight against other bags, and promptly put it back.  As if by compulsion, I repeated two more times, made a full circuit around the cramped store with my Barbie-sized cart, and walked past the freezer one last time before giving up.

I don’t know why I think I will change my mind.  Every time. Continue reading To beef or not to beef

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Random thoughts while traveling: 2018 FRLA Show (Orlando)

Am I the only person who spontaneously cries and smiles like a fool when “Concerning Hobbits” from the LOTR soundtrack comes on in the car because it makes me think of my family?   Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: 2018 FRLA Show (Orlando)

Random thoughts while traveling: New Orleans

Been a while since I traveled with co-workers.  Finally, people to share the weirdness.

A lady packed several soup cans in her carry-on.  I guess she doesn’t like the food where she’s going.  She got busted by TSA so I’m worried about what she will eat now. Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: New Orleans

Random thoughts while traveling: Nor(fick)

This is me, packed for a business trip.  I pack exactly enough.  EXACTLY enough.  I’m getting good at that and it’s a little sad.

No makeup in the luggage (there’s no point).  It just takes up space.  No contact lenses because I lost the last one in a toilet incident and I don’t have an appointment until the weekend.  My glasses don’t stay on my nose and that makes me anxious.  What if I have to run from kidnappers?  The glasses will surely slow me down.  At least I am wearing running shoes. Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: Nor(fick)

Random thoughts while traveling: Orlando

So I’m in Orlando for a work conference.  Uneventful trip here.  I would normally be traveling with my principal investigator but she decided to drive down with her family for the weekend.  Already I’m nervous about being forced into awkward social situations without a buffer.  The PI is usually my buffer.  She’s smart, charismatic, cool.  Cool neurologists are hard to come by.  I like many of them with all of their various genius quirks, but cool is rare. I’ll never be as cool as her.   Continue reading Random thoughts while traveling: Orlando