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“Mommy is going on a field-trip”

Actually, I am still on my field trip. But I miss the fam. Hoping I can skype tonite. Wish me luck.

And I am learning SO much. And I have met a few cool people.

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“I wasn’t talking to you mommy, I was talking to daddy”

This particular statement coming from Big T’s mouth made my blood pressure rise. I get that daddy is his hero. I get that. But I will not tolerate rudeness from my own kid. Unfortunately, I was driving so the best I could do was give him a super stern talking to. I seem to be using The Mommy Voice a lot nowadays.

We decided that Mr T would stay home instead of coming with me to the International Conference. It was just too complicated to have him come with me. Plus, Little T (and Mr. T) appear to be coming down with something. Little T was not 100% his usual cheery self today, and he has been sleeping a lot. Plus he had a low grade fever this morning. Mr. T also has a low grade fever. Come to think of it, I may be getting something too…I have a massive cold. Should be fun flying while stuffy. ugh.

I never did get around to getting a flu shot this year.

To prepare the family for my absence, I decided to make a huge batch of one of Big T’s favorite dishes – Jollof Brown Rice. It’s delicious and it freezes well. Mr. T likes it too. If nothing else, they can eat this all day ūüėČ

Recipe for Jollof Brown Rice:

Saute 1 medium onion (chopped) in 3/4 cup canola oil. Med. high heat, about 3 minutes until onions are tender. Add 1 15oz can of tomato sauce, and 1/2 6oz can tomato paste. Mix well until smooth. Add 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning mix (I know, right. it works), 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1.5 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 tablespoon black pepper. It  can be more or less spicy to taste. We like it on the spicier side. Mix well, and bring to a simmer on medium heat for a couple of minutes. Then, stir in 4 cups Uncle Bens Brown Rice. Add 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups water. Stir. Bring down heat to medium-low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until all the liquid has evaporated. Stir well to mix. serve with chicken or beef and a side of veggies. ENJOY.

I am looking forward to my conference. I cannot lie. Sun, Beach, Science…

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“Is it Christmas?”

Big T has been asking for a particular toy race car, and we told him that maybe we would give it to him as a Christmas present. Since then, he has been asking several times a day “Is it Christmas?” Not yet, honey. Guess this is a good opportunity to teach him that Christmas is not all about the gifts.

My weekends are generally spent catching up on life – laundry, grocery shopping, meal planning, and of course, some social events have to be thrown in. This weekend is particularly stressful, since I will be leaving for International Conference on Tuesday and I won’t be back till Saturday. This means everything has to be in order for whoever is taking care of the kids. I am going to miss my babies, but I recognize that this is an opportunity¬† I cannot pass up – the location is AMAZING (it is at a swanky resort), I will be giving a talk (great chance to impress people in the field), and hopefully I will get a chance to meet leaders in the field (who knows, this might lead to future job opportunities).

Anyone with ideas on how to help the little ones deal with my absence will be greatly appreciated. Actually, maybe OUR absence, since we are trying to get Mr T as a guest at the International Conference. Like I said – SWANKY RESORT!!

Trying not to stress out over everything I still need to accomplish before leaving. Not.enough.hours.in.the.day…

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“That’s not the moon, that’s a circle”

We had a full moon last night. A big, beautiful, bright full moon. Since the moon wasn’t its typical “moon-shaped” semi-circle, my poor little boy was all confused. So, yesterday in his world, there was no moon. Just a big weird circle in the sky.

Ohhhhh…today is shaping up to be awesome in so many ways. I gave a practice talk to my lab first thing this morning. I¬†will be¬†presenting my research data at an International Conference in less than a week. The practice itself was sub-awesome, but it is still a work in progress. It will be perfect by next Wednesday. Also, I may have figured out a way for the hubby to go on said International Conference with me. Trying not to get too excited in case it does not work out.¬†But I am¬†crossing every finger and toe in my body, and saying extra prayers that it does work out.¬†

Now the big news РA lot of my excitement today stems from the positive conversation I had with The Boss. The Boss has upgraded my authorship status on the paper we will be submitting next week. I will now be a co- first author!! This is SUPERB news. If the paper gets accepted (like we think it will Рwe are on our third revision) this may propel me into super-stardom. After all, we are talking about high-impact research in a high-impact journal. OK, not really super-stardom, but it will be a massive boost to may CV, and may make it that much easier to find a job when the time comes.

*doing a happy dance (on the inside)*

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