Snow bunnies (and sloths)

I am in Colorado for a conference now – at a ski resort up in the mountains. It’s so beautiful! It’s nearing the end of their ski season but there’s still a ton of snow around and plenty of people out enjoying it. I haven’t seen snow since I was 5 years old, so it’s a bit of a novelty to me. Whilst I am not going to go skiing (it’s a conference, I have to work, so a day’s lift ticket is kinda wasted, plus I’m overseas and haven’t skiied before and don’t want to break a leg) I am definitely still enjoying this “winter wonderland”. Today on our afternoon break I went for a trail walk in the woods. It was so lovely, hearing my boots crunch on the ground, watching a squirrel, being alone with my thoughts in a really beautiful place. Although I did sink in up to my knees when I stepped off the path to try and grab a picture of a stream of meltwater. Oh well. I also made a snow sloth. But it was cold so it’s only small.

 

Oh yeah, and the conference is good too, some great talks blah blah blah.

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Gif credit: OMG Sloths in Space

Crawling out of work on a Friday like

slothcomingBut it’s okay, I’ve got next week off! Heading interstate for some super fun times! After the amount of grant writing and preliminary experiments I’ve crammed into the last couple of weeks, it will be good to get away from it all for a bit.

Coffee Detox

In follow-up to my previous post, the coffee machine at this new place is broken and there’s only mere rumours of it being replaced at present. As such, I’m undergoing an enforced coffee detox at the moment.

… It’s not fun. So excuse me if I’m a little grumpy.

coffee slothGif from OMG Sloths in Space.

 

Vaccinations. Injections. Immunisations. Shots. Boo.

Today had three injections, one in each arm and one in my thigh, for three vaccinations to build immunity against six different diseases.

Of course, the injections sucked, and I’m now a bit achey, but it’s for a good reason – going overseas in three weeks! And I did get a lollypop, sooo…

One of the shots was the Flu vaccine, to hopefully prevent against the same thing happening to me as little Norm here…

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Antarctic Vortex

Everyone’s a bit cold this weekend. South Australia’s not too bad, but over in the Eastern states it’s a bit chilly, complete with “thundersnow“. I’ve spent the day inside: had a sleep-in, did some laundry, tidied the house, and baked a couple cakes for the boy’s birthday week this week. Tonight we’re heading out for dinner with his family, so hopefully it isn’t too windy and miserable out there! The best thing about wild and “woolly” weather is being able to stay in my comfortable, warm bed, and listen to the wind and rain outside.

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Image from Slothilda.

The Invigilator.

Got asked to supervise an undergrad test today. It was pretty weird! I haven’t sat an exam in a few years, but it was weird to be on the other side of it.

I had a look at the test as well. Don’t think I’d be able to do it. I think all that stuff exited my brain a long time ago.

laser slothImage credit: OMG Sloths in Space