Falling flat and frolicking around

Greetings and salutations, gentle readers! I’m feeling particularly penitent for not posting since Sunday evening! I hope that everybody out there on the world wide web has been coping without a copious stream of pictures of Porter, Gatsby, and selfies in running gear.

Two out of three!
Two out of three!

I honestly have been feeling a little bit lackadaisical lately concerning my creation. Marathonsam.com started out as a forum for begging my friends and family for money fundraising for the Seattle Humane Society. Somewhere along the way, this domain-name matured into a melting pot of recipes, ramblings, rants, and race-recaps. Recently, however, the process of blogging has felt more and more like an overwhelming obligation.

An albatross around my neck? Or maybe a snake.
An albatross around my neck? Or maybe a snake.

I realize as I am typing this that these feelings stem from a swollen sense of self-importance. I am one little-bitty blogger awash in an ocean of online social-media influencers with far larger followings than me. However, I am eternally grateful for every single pair of eyeballs that lands on this little corner of the internet; I feel like I owe it to everybody who happens to drop by to produce quality content!

Ironically, this is a pretty low quality post...but aren't these dahlias just TO DIE?
Ironically, this is a pretty low quality post…but aren’t these dahlias just TO DIE?

I don’t have a thesis in mind for this post, I just thought that I’d be honest and admit that the first part of fall has me feeling a little flat. The weather this week might have something to do with it: I’ve officially begun busting out a head-lamp and waterproof shell for my morning mileage.

My runs have been dark, stormy, and sluggish.
My runs have been dark, stormy, and sluggish.

That’s not to say that I haven’t been doing some exciting things lately. Tuesday morning I snuck onto the local high school’s track at five in the morning to crank out one of my favorite workouts: Yasso-800s.

Sunrise over Roosevelt High School
Sunrise over Roosevelt High School

Our lab is also interviewing a candidate for a Post-Doctoral fellowship. He gave a fantastic talk about his PhD work on a piece of DNA called a plasmid that bacteria use to swap around around antibiotic resistance genes. My undergraduate research was all about plasmids (in fact, I just wrote a review about how these cool little genetic elements get passed on from cell to cell) so I was pleased as punch during his presentation.

Nothing says excitement like plasmid partitioning!
Nothing says excitement like plasmid partitioning!

After the scientific session was concluded we had an opportunity to show our potential PostDoc around Seattle. I love playing tour guide in the emerald city.

Wait....wrong emerald city.
Wait….wrong emerald city.
Much better. Our yellow-brick road leads right to a five-way intersection and a Starbucks
Much better. Our yellow-brick road leads right to a five-way intersection and a Starbucks.

We, of course, visited Pike Place market to feast our eyes on the dazzling displays of seafood.

Oh man...would that my stipend allowed me to afford these on a regular basis.
Oh man…would that my stipend allowed me to afford these on a regular basis.

We also visited the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center.

Are you experienced?
Are you experienced?

The EMP has a new exhibit called “Spectacle,” which is an in-depth exploration of the art of the music video. They had some amazing artifacts on display, including the paint splattered jumpsuits that OK Go wore in my favorite music video of all time.

Watch that video. I dare you NOT to be enthralled.
Watch that video. I dare you NOT to be enthralled.

The EMP also showed some local love and gave us an opportunity to imagine ourselves in Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop”

These three faces are the future of scientific inquiry in America...the future looks bright!
These three faces are the future of scientific inquiry in America…the future looks bright!

I think we were able to convincingly sell the merits of our city. Luckily our interviewee left before the weather turned dismal. Here’s hoping the sensational sunsets overshadow any anxiety he has about the long, wet winters.

I love you Seattle sunsets.
Man, Seattle is a NICE place when it wants to be. 

Thanks, as always, for reading! I hope that my bout with blogger ennui hasn’t left you feeling drab and dreary. Can I leave you with a little photo of something sparkly to brighten up your day?

Gatsby, meet Sparkle Dash. Sparkle Dash, meet Gatsby.
Gatsby, meet Sparkle Dash. Sparkle Dash, meet Gatsby.

Has anybody else felt a little flat lately? 

Have a ROCKING week!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Falling flat and frolicking around

  1. I am eternally grateful for every single pair of words you write in your blog. And am definitely grateful for all of your photos as well. Maybe you could incorporate some clip art into your daily routine to help lift your spirits? Houston is finally nice, it actually got below 70, so maybe you should pay a visit to the south. New Orleans is closeby!?

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