I've been working on taking pictures of things besides my dog (not really), and maybe even pulling out the real camera more (even though I immediately take a picture of my dog). Here is my feeble attempt from the last month or so, from my phone. And ok, two out of these five photos still include Odin, but that's something I think. I'm getting better. 

  1. My two partners in crime this summer. Even though he pees in the house still sometimes and she yells at me in her sleep, I love them both so much it's annoying. 
  2. Beauties. Damir's not here to eat all of these so I've taken to dumping all of my extra eggs on coworkers. We discuss things like the inherent antimicrobial properties and reference papers arguing that you don't actually need to refrigerate eggs. Nerds. I love it.
  3. Celebrated Father's day with a big meal on the porch. I had seconds and thirds of everything. 
  4. New hammock in the yard. Odin digs it. 
  5. Yep — can't complain. I do enjoy that view. Wondering how much longer I'll be looking at it for...

K. Good night.

Summer so far...

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a plan for Summer 2014. I just thought I'd update you on how things are going, because it's good to be honest... even if it's indisputable proof that I suck lately. 

Plan for Summer 2014:

  • Get an A in physiology. 
    • working on it.
  • Work my ass off in lab - learn and contribute as much as I can.
    • working on it and loving it, maybe too much.
  • Train Odin. By the end of the summer I want to have a number of behaviors that are strong and well established. Looking forward to hikes with his trainer and her dogs in Marin. 
    • working on it - SUCH A CHALLENGE THOUGH. 
  • Get garden together... seriously. Plant tomato plants, beans, lettuce at least.
    • no chance. not this year. 
  • Focus in on chickens a bit - fix up a few things like possibly putting sand in their run as bedding, letting them free range more often, and mixing feed myself. 
    • I need to be better at this. been letting them free range more often which feels great. and maybe when Damir gets back I'll be able to tackle my other stuff. 
  • Find time to start running. Sign up for half marathon for motivation.
    • HAHAHAHA not even close. 
  • Wake up before or with the sun to increase productivity!
    • happening naturally out of necessity and from a barking pup who needs to pee.
  • Take more photos. I need to balance all the science with creativity. 
    • I haven't been good about this, but I want to try harder. 
  • On that note, start writing in my journal more. I really believe in this practice and I need to be better at it.
    • Same with his...really want to get better at this. Going to write tonight. Or maybe this counts. Does it?
  • and finally... visit my husband and my amazing in-laws in Slovenia. I haven't been there in 2 years and I am aching to get there this summer.
    • leaving July 26th!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!!

Overall I'd give myself a C- for this summer. I can honestly say that I'm doing my best at this given time to manage everything and deal with weird little stresses that keep popping up. I'm utterly exhausted and definitely overwhelmed but that's life, and let's face it, everybody has their own unique series of struggles to face and that's totally normal. Maybe I can boost up that grade in the second half of the summer. I'll get back to you...


***Also adding to the list: get above photo that I took this past year printed on a large canvas. 

El Gusto

In honor of Algeria's awesome performance in the world cup, my family and I sat down to watch this incredible documentary about Chaabi music and the musicians who are passionate about it. 

I'm very proud of my Algerian heritage (if you know me, you're probably well aware of this), but this film was truly touching. It's worth a watch if you enjoy beautiful cinematography, music, and being exposed to different cultures and their traditions. So much of what is here is so normal to me: the traditional haik or dress worn in Algeria (that is apparently making a come back!), the songs – I know so many of them just from my childhood hearing them all the time, the language, and the city of algiers, especially the beautiful-yet-in-need-of-some-love casbah (oh how I'd love to have a place to call my own there). 

I went to Algeria when I was four years old and I remember so much of it. It had a profound effect on me that has lasted all my life. I will never hesitate to love and defend my father's country, and I gotta say, it was unbelievably fun cheering on that in credible soccer team this year. :)

1...2...3... viva l'Algerie!


P.S. Rais M'Bolhi is the best goalie in the world and he pretty much wins the world cup in my book.