And then this happened

I got a notification from WordPress yesterday 

Who knew I had so much to say?

Personally I think it is remarkable, especially considering I am not done with saying things after five years of blogging – despite my five-month hiatus when I first moved to Windsor. 

And then this happened:  

Randomly stopped at a comic store and ran into Groot!!!!

Star Lord and Rocket Racoon were there too with an unlikely companion   

Fun times! 

Dandelion, dandelion

[One of] today’s million musings:

I love dandelions. I know they are considered weeds but I think they are beautiful. They have a beautiful yellow colour when in flower (I mean, who can stay grumpy when such a happy colour is around) and then they transform in this gorgeous creation of nature (as if the flower alone weren’t an impressive work or art already).

I love the science of symmetry behind if and love the fun it provides. Fibonacci FTW.

Just try it. Get one of those and blow with all your might. I dare you not to giggle while doing it. Make a wish while you are at it. Who knows, maybe it’ll come true.

And! if all that weren’t enough, dandelions are the first food for our precious bees.

One of the reasons bee populations are dwindling – other than the evil pesticides, of course – is people’s infuriating [to me] love of manicured lawns. When everybody decided dandelions were weeds and therefore verboten from pretty lawns, bees were left without an early spring food source.

So I went to my garden and took these pictures. Continue reading

Miracle Of Miracles

To my darling dandelion soup

But of all God’s miracles large and small,
The most miraculous one of all 
Is the one I thought could never be: 
God has given you to me.


What a miracle/wonder/blessing/lucky strike/[insert your favourite belief here] to have found each other. And I sure adore you, my wonderful geeky fiancé.


PS: Think we should thank WordPress for bringing us together?

Yeah, I didn’t have a lot of friends

From I Love Charts

And guess who I invited to my Sweet 15th tea party?

Let me explain.

I didn’t want no stinking Sweet 15th party, my mother made me.  Well, it was a compromise, actually. Mother wanted a proper Quinceañera bash.  I didn’t want anything.  A tea party was a somewhat reasonable middle ground for me so I agreed to it to keep mother happy.

But I invited my Organic Chemistry teacher to it.


I guess I don’t have to tell you what my final grade was.  I was exempted from finals because of my gleaming average.

The Summer Solstice Girl is a geek

Well, that’s not really news for many of you.
It is also not news that 2011 has not been particularly kind to me.  One of the side effects was a forced state of hibernation of my geeky self that almost led to its total annihilation.

But this geeky self is definitely out of hibernation.  

Of course, this didn’t happen overnight.  The defrosting started back in late March and it continued through several late night conversations under a starry sky.  Said conversations may or may have not involved copious amounts of wine and/or Jack Daniels helped by a healthy dose of shooting stars.

I was reflecting tonight on how privileged I am to have both the astronomical and the microscopical insight.  As an amateur astronomer and a molecular biologist, I have experience with both telescopes and microscopes, galaxies and gene mapping, light-years and microns.  That certainly gives you a whole different perspective on life.

That thought was reinforced by this fantastic video, shared earlier today (or rather yesterday, I should say) by the bear. The poetry of science: A conversation between a biologist and an astrophysicist. 

THE POETRY OF SCIENCE! Yes, indeed! I’ve been in love with science since I can remember.  Science speaks to me in a very sweet language. Poetry in motion, that’s what science is.
You’ve been warned.  Run and take cover, the geek is back.