wanna be a baker

I'm a 25 year old biologist trying to figure out my life while enjoying my love of food and science. I'm a certified diver, a runner and a traveller. I have run 3 5ks and 4 half marathons.

5k: 28:21

HM: 2:24:02

I quit my Chemist job in 2012 to travel and teach in Asia. I'm now home and working.

Someday I'll have my dream job.

I just stumbled across the blog of an American exchange student in Thailand (from 2011) and one of her posts describes their obsession with white skin and our obsession with tan skin and it reminded me of when I showed my Thai students a picture of a tanning bed. They were appalled!

Breakfast is my favorite. We have 2 house guests this week. They arrived last night so I baked some strawberry oatmeal muffins to give them a welcome meal this morning. It’s a shame the spilled batter looks like crusty poop, sorry about that. For dinner last night, I had eggs, toast and avocado.

Kitten update: his eyes have changed from bright blue to a golden brown color. The freckle on his nose is too cute. He’s also a maniac.

Winston and Charlie are getting better. Tolerating I should say. Winston’s tolerating. Charlie just wants to hunt.

turnidoff asked: Seventy-four!


I love the enthusiasm, but I feel like it was a trick..because you picked a hard one! 
74. What is your favorite book?
So I mean there is an obvious one, I wouldn’t have an Outsiders tattoo if I didn’t love the book. It was one that really stuck with me. I’ve read it countless times, the first being over 15 years ago. I think it’s a beautifully written book. From an analytical perspective it’s amazing how many different readings it provides. It’s the bee’s knees in my opinion. 
There are loads of other books that come to mind when asked this question though. One being The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, it’s a hefty novel but I learned so much from her writing and characters. Doris Lessing is a gem in literature. The Neon Bible by John Kennedy Toole, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie, Black Boy by Richard Wright, The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, and The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by Joyce are some other noteables. 

book recommendations. thanks pal!

Happy Easter!

  • I did so much driving this weekend. My car is due for some fixing, yay. It’s like a never-ending problem, owning a car.
  • I have a bunch of cds from middle school, highschool and college. I listened to them with all the driving I did. It was hilarious, embarrassing and fun. We listened to Jock Jams on the way to my family’s Easter celebration…
  • I busted out those adorable wedges and rocked them.
  • I’m sooo happy I was invited to be a part of my very good friend’s wedding dress selection. It was, oddly, one of most enjoyable experiences I’ve had in awhile. So girly, not so much me but still a little bit of me. Girl hangs are so fun!
  • Rob and I went to a comedy show for date night. I drank whiskey sours all night and didn’t wake up with a hangover!
  • Charlie (Coots) is getting on quite well. It’s been 1 week, he is now 7 weeks old. Winston (bun bun) is super stressed out by Charlie. Winston’s like a middle aged man, he can’t deal with all this high energy. Aww.
  • My seeds have sprouted. I transferred a few of the strong ones into large pots. I hope they survive.
  • I surprised myself today when I almost did the splits! I didn’t realize how flexible I still was. SO that’s pretty cool.
  • I’m getting more comfortable with selfies, this is a good thing?
  • I spent $60 on cleaning stuff that I didn’t really need since I’m trying to convert to vinegar cleaning. Vinegar is like the queen of everything. Seriously, all you #myqueen people need to reevaluate.
There’s a #kitten on my shoulder. #adorable #ijust #canteven

There’s a #kitten on my shoulder. #adorable #ijust #canteven

Friday: After work, I went for a run along the lakefront with a friend, shopped, grabbed a drink with some new friends then did a silly dog photo shoot.

Saturday: I went to 8am spin class, watched the kitten be an adorable psycho, helped a friend pick out her wedding dress (!!!!!), grabbed lunch at this renovated church (which was SO cool), watched some netflix and will “date night” it later with Rob.

Straight or wavy/curly hair?

rikashay asked: She's a grown ass woman and he's harmless, even if a bit creepy or whatever, right?! She needs to grow up and just deal with it. You can't like everyone you work with. Your job is to get your shit done whether or not you like it or any aspect of doing it or any person you have to interact with while doing so.

I completely agree. :)

Climbing the couch. #kitten #adorable

Climbing the couch. #kitten #adorable

Serious question

I don’t really know how to deal with this.

First, I don’t really have a lot of patience.

Second, I am sensitive to harassment, rape and human equality.

Third, I’m loyal.

So I have been training a woman who is in her mid-50’s. She’s impatient, opinionated, aggressive and talks a lot. Quite the opposite of me.

There’s an older man who works in a neighboring department who is well known for saying inappropriate things. He’s been with the company for almost 20 years. I eye roll most of what he says and tell him when to shut up. I get it, he can be creepy.

The woman I’m training feels “too uncomfortable” to go into that department. She’s complained to me. She’s complained to our boss. She’s threatened to go to HR.

Today I was approached by another lady in my department who told me our boss has asked her to start doing scanning and printing for this woman. BECAUSE SHE’S TOO UNCOMFORTABLE to do it herself!!

Am I being too insensitive? Am I allowed to tell her to suck it up? I just don’t know how much longer I can go on biting my lip…

(I hope she doesn’t last the 90 day probationary period, she’s causing too much drama)

Handsome guy. 

Bear with me while my blog goes through its kitten phase.

Handsome guy.

Bear with me while my blog goes through its kitten phase.