Motivational Monday

Namaste neighbors! The light in me honors and acknowledges the light within you.

It's OK to get a little crunchy on a Monday...look how NICE this dahlia is!
It’s OK to get a little crunchy on a Monday…look how NICE this dahlia is!

Happy Monday, gentle readers. Is anyone else’s inner light feeling just a bit dim at the beginning of this work-week? Maybe you’re still radiantly remembering your awesome weekend activities, making it difficult to sit down and shackle yourself to your desk.

If only these colonies would count themselves...
If only these colonies would count themselves…

I definitely felt slightly sluggish during my swim this morning. I started out with my go-to workout, but I totally talked myself out of doing the final kick set.

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We can’t ALWAYS crush it.

I had a wonderful weekend. Friday night Alli and I got all dolled up to attend an arty-party at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

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We clean up REAL nice

Every time the Seattle Art Museum opens a new exhibition they host a swanky soiree to celebrate the curated creativity. The Olympic Sculpture park just installed a new sound installation, titled “Echo,” which was the perfect excuse to dance under the stars on an August evening. These events always include drinks, dancing, performances, and interactive arts and crafts to complement the works on display.

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The big red thing is titled “Eagle.” “Echo is the orange piece in the foreground.

Friday evening’s festivities included an opportunity to create watercolor beard-studies: still life renderings of the northwest’s finest facial hair.

My creation. I was, obviously, drawn to the model's impressive mustache.
My creation. I was, obviously, drawn to the model’s impressive mustache.

It was fun to dress up in nice clothes and observe the mating rituals of the greater northwestern amazon.com employee on Friday night, but by Saturday I was back to my spandex-wearing self. Alli and I took a delightful bike ride around Mercer Island.

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Sunday I woke up bright and early for a thrilling 13 mile run.

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“Thrilling” might be an overstatement

My knees and hip flexors definitely felt a little crunchy while I was out and about on the Seattle streets. I blame Saturday’s bike excursion for the stiffness. Triathlons REALLY have the order wrong (lethality notwithstanding): “Bike then run is not so fun, run then bike is what I like.” I took it slow and gentle on Sunday’s run. I even stopped to snap a picture of the sunrise over Lake Washington as I crossed the Montlake Bridge.

I NEVER stop to take photos on the run...I may have to revise that policy
I NEVER stop to take photos on the run…I may have to revise that policy

Luckily I have a mellow Monday on my agenda. I’m gearing up to start doing some next-generation DNA sequencing this week, so I’m spending today reminding myself how to prepare DNA libraries and mixing up some of the buffers I need for these types of experiments.

We live in a world where any old yahoo with $800 and an afternoon to kill can sequence an entire genome
We live in a world where any old yahoo with $800 and an afternoon to kill can sequence an entire genome

I’ve been having fun tracking down positive affirmations and pairing them with pleasing pictures for Monday morning mantras. Here’s a few sayings I’ve been liking lately to push myself to persevere and stay positive.

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How was your weekend?

What do you have going on this week?

 

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