TGIAF (even though I'll be in lab a lot over the weekend)! Yesterday was a crazy day. The day started quite disasterously but then turned out pretty darn good.
I woke with a soooore throat (waah) but determined to overcome a cold before it starts I fueled up on a oats w/ fruit, zinc, and Emergen-C:
^^Pink Lemonade Emergen-C is BOMB.I think the other ones (rasp. and strawb) taste kinda funk. This guy however, tastes jussssst right. PS, how creapy does that sound??
In labski, I have spent the last three weeks working on a molecular cloningexperiment. Cloning means rearranging the "letters" of DNA to produce something meaningful (a gene). DNA is comparable to an instruction manual, but written in DNA code (Four letters: A,T,C,G). Therefore, I've spent the last few weeks rearranging these letters to produce a specific sequence. Imagine, an instruction manual was scrambled. It would be worthless. When the words are in the correct order however, you can read it and (for example) put together a chair. DNA is similar, when the letters are arranged in the right order, a gene may be "expressed" and a functional protuct (in my case an antibody) is made.
So you may be wondering, how do you go from DNA --> Antibody?? This was yesterday's experiment. I performed what is known in sciencelandasa "transfection". The purpose of this exp. is to get the DNA (i.e. the directions) into cells (the builders) so the cell can read the DNAand generate antibody that I can collect.
This was all dandy until the apparatus I use for the transfection (worth $1,000) crashed to the floor and shattered into a ka-trillion pieces, because the paper bag it was stored in broke.
I was able to finish the experiment but it never feels good breaking something worth more than you make in a week! When that catastrophe was over I headed to lunch to lift my spirits. I was greatly looking forward to this monster salad I made the night before ^Spinach, tempeh, 1 piece laughing cow cheese, tomatoes, grapes, cucumbers, sprouts and balsamic vinaigrette.
This was my second time having Tempeh. Have you tried it? It's basically a rolled combo of soy and grains. This time I marinated it overnight in balsamic and topped it over ma salad. Next time I'd like to try grilling it. Any tips/suggestions???
I returned to lab in better spirits knowing if I got through the day I'd reward myself with a Bikram Yoga class. Throughout the day I completed another what seemed like 324904839 experiments (more like 4) and snacked on this new guy
^^ Raw Organic Food Bar (Chocolate coconut). Holy AMAZING.
After lab I headed straight to you guessed it, Bikram.
Ahhh, it's incredible how 90 mins in a 106 degree room can soothe your soul. I also may or may not have purchased a monthly unlimited pass ;-)
When I returned home Kels (sistah) and I were in salad monster mood again. Orrr too lazy/starving to wait and cook. I made this monster
^^Romaine, spinach, tofu, chic peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, garnished with veggie flax seed chips and red chili pepper
I topped that bad boy with red pepper hummus (rather than the usual salad dressing)
And it was BOMB. New obsession coming on? Salad + hummus!
After dinner, we watched Talladega Nights (Will Ferrel). LOVE that movie. I swear when I watch his movies again and again, I still find new lines I missed the time before. I also decided to break out my new bag of xanthan gum!
ATTN:Calling all xanthan users!Send me tips/recipes/links, on your uses for this magical stuff.
Xanthan gum is an all-natural thickening agent added to a variety of foods. I bought it as a powder and used it to make ice cream last night