Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011


L smiled a week ago, at 3 1/2 weeks. Tonight, she rolled over, back to front, on the carpet. I'm in awe. (The pic was snapped as she was trying to roll back and got really mad.)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


My daughter is 4 weeks old today.

My son is crazy in love with his sister, but he has also been crazy clingy to me lately and only wants me to do things with him.

I've trained one dog to only lick her butt in her bed (because ew, it's just gross if she does it on the couch) and the other dog to pick and eat his own dandelion flowers. Our patch of grass is flower free (once again) as soon as he gets out there every morning.

I think we'll plant some of our baby plants out in the garden this afternoon. It's finally not pouring rain, so the dirt is good and it's warmish out.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Book Review "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is (yet another) look at the history of science. This book is devastating and brutal in it's honesty about the history of the family to whom we owe a huge part of modern science: the HeLa cell line, and the Lacks family. As a scientist, I was not as outraged at some parts of this story as my husband (a non-scientist) but deeply saddened by what was once called "science" and the lack of ethics involved. It was great to get a look at the family behind HeLa, which was glossed over in my classes in college as having come from a "Helen Lane" and that was that. I hadn't realized the scope of the impact that the cell line had on science. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. There are parts that make you hate the doctors and the people who take advantage (intentionally or not) of the Lacks family, and parts that made me glad to be in my chosen profession. I definitely learned a lot about the history of ethics in research science, and how very new that role is.

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I have read 29 of my goal of 75 books for 2011.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! I hope it was wonderful!