Lions vs. Eagles

July 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm (Uncategorized)

How do the fans here know so many chants? And such complicated ones?

Something with long sperm balloons just happened. Now it’s over.

Oh, those were the visiting Eagles’ sperm balloons. Now it’s time for the Lions’ sperm balloons. Caught a photo with the iPhone to give you an idea. I’ll update the post (eventually) with a better photo from my camera camera.

Baseball in the U.S. has a lot to learn from baseball here.


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Birdland Yakitori

July 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized)

Too much food. Not worth the cost. Some of it was quite good but too much meat on a stick can be overwhelming.

The plan for today, after Mark wakes up from his jetlag-induced nap, is some gyoza, hopefully a baseball game, and some ramen.

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Fun with Ja-puns

July 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm (Uncategorized)

Ichi ni: “one two” mosquito bites on my legs

Host at restaurant: We have a table at 5 pm. What is your name?

Mark: Peterson

Host: OK. Mr. Peter. We will see you later.

Next time we’ll try saying Peterson-san.

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Rain plan

June 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm (wedding)

I hope we don’t need one!  I’m counting down the days until the 10 day weather forecast shows July 3rd and 4th.  So far, there are some thunderstorms during that week.  Hopefully we’ll have a better idea in the next few days, not that the forecasts are 100% accurate.  But at least we’ll get an idea.  We do have rain plans, but I hope we don’t have to use them!  Here are the positive things about having rain.

  1. People won’t be as hot during an indoor ceremony.
  2. The indoor ceremony location is actually pretty lovely.
  3. The conference center has these big fun umbrellas for guests to borrow.
  4. Less harsh lighting for photos.

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Counting down…

June 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm (Uncategorized)

2.5 weeks until I’m free from working, 3.5 weeks until the wedding.  I’m really looking forward to fun and relaxation, but it seems like there are so many things to do before we get there!  But the more stuff we get done now, the less we’ll have to do later, right?

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The next stop in our East Coast tour…

May 24, 2010 at 10:50 am (washington dc)

…Washington, DC.  We’ll be heading there next year as AAAS fellows.  I’ll be here, working with Dr. Secretary Steven Chu et al. on renewable energy and sustainability:

And Mark’ll be at the USAID (Agency for International Development).

We’re both really excited about the fall and living in DC and hanging out with siblings, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, baby cousins once removed, old friends, and new AAAS friends!

We’re also both really excited about our fun summer.  6 weeks until I add a peg to my Game of Life car!  And then we’re off to see the world.  I hope that little plastic car will be sturdy enough.

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Does this guy remind you of anyone?

February 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm (question, random)

They say that it’s Jeremy Abbott, and Mark has been in NYC all week, so I guess that means Mark’s not secretly the U.S. national champion in figure skating.

This week has been busy – trying to balance crazy research times with preparing for interviews (yay! and yikes!  More on that if things turn out well.).  And at the same time, I’m trying to squeeze in some Winter Olympics.   My father, or actually, just his rear end, fell through a ceiling so that we could watch the Olympics.  That’s how you know watching the Olympics is really important.

While we’re on the subject of Mark’s doppelgangers, I did some Google image searching.

Some guy in Provincetown suggested Ron Howard.  But he was quick to point out that he was talking about a young Ron Howard.  I didn’t see it at first, but then I looked up some photos:

This is Juanita’s suggestion: Peter Krause, who was in Sports Night, Six Feet Under, and Dirty Sexy Money.  I’ve never seen any of these shows.  She claims that he sounds like Mark too.  I think the hat in this photo helps:

Mark has also heard JFK, not sure from whom.  Probably some female with some romantic interest in Mark.

There’s also some guy walking behind Musharraf on the campus of Brown.  This is from the alumni magazine.  In addition to having the right hair, face shape, nose, chin and jaw, he’s got the walk and posture down perfectly:

Note about photo selection methodology: Except for the guy walking behind Musharraf, I looked at a bunch of photos of each person and picked the photo that showed the highest level of resemblance to our dear study subject.

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Watch Project Runway this week, wear red, and take care of your heart

February 3, 2010 at 5:06 am (friends)

Watch Project Runway this Thursday for my buddy Stephanie the heathy heart American Heart Association spokesperson.  Or should I say spokesmodel.  Or if you watch already, say hi to her when you watch this week’s episode.  “If you don’t have Lifetime, they post episodes online on Saturday.”

You can catch a glimpse of her in the preview.

I can’t wait to see the whole episode!  I’m so excited.  And I’m so jealous, but I’ll eventually get over that.

And don’t forget to Go Red and learn more about how to keep your heart healthy.

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Picked up my wedding ring!

February 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm (wedding)

I got it from a jewelry maker in Brooklyn.  She uses recycled and reclaimed materials.  We had a little bit of a communication mixup, but I think everything turned out well in the end.

My ring sort of looks like that.  It is rose gold, like in the photo, but the diamonds are champagne colored.  So sometimes they look dark and sometimes they look like champagne and sometimes they look more white.  How fun!

Those are all the details for anyone who’s interested.   Now here’s my dilemma.  I don’t have an engagement ring because I didn’t think it was fair for me to have and wear a ring when Mark didn’t have one.  Mark doesn’t have a ring.  (He’s still trying to decide.  If anyone has any advice to help him out, let him know!)  I was fine with that.  Until I got my hands on a ring.  Now I’m not so sure any more.  I still think what I thought before.  But it’s so pretty and it’s going to be hard to not wear it.  But on the other hand, will the ring exchange at the ceremony be less significant if I’ve already been wearing the ring for months?  On the other hand (ha ha!), it’s just a ring and all these issues are ones that I’m imposing on myself.  But on the other hand, these symbols are important and I want the rings to reflect our equal partnership.  On the other hand… No! There is no other hand!

But Tevye, there is another hand.  But on the other hand, the ring doesn’t fit on the other hand.  And I haven’t solved anything.

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Happy New Year!

January 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm (cooking, dessert, food)

Hopefully everyone is inside and out of the cold and wind.  Or even better, hopefully you’re in California.

As promised, here are the results of our gingerbread house party!  We had quite a lovely gingerbread village.

The model home

Construction of prefab parts

You'll have to imagine the inside with couches and a big TV

Elephant-themed house

Santa and his reinpenguins are landing on this house

Gingerbread Stadium

The penguin is still working on the decorations on this house

Holidays at the South Pole

The whole neighborhood

Hopefully, we’ll do this again next year!

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