23 March 2009

And Now... You are Reading the Blog of a Shiny PhD Candidate! BAM!

That's right. I have been out of commission for the past several weeks because I was studying for my oral comprehensive exam, which is something that all second year grad students have to do. Basically, you write a proposal for your research, and then you get locked in a room with three professors and you tell them about your research. And they proceed to ask you WHATEVER THEY WANT about your project or about biochemistry or chemistry in general (in my case... Presumably not if you were an English major, har har). So NOWWWW I am all fancy and am feeling pretty smart because the whole thing really went very well and I was done in an hour, which is pretty fricking quick if you ask me. ANYWAY. It was awesome. I kicked its ass. And it is such a huge relief and I am so happy that it is finally over. The morning after, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about kinetics, dP/dt = ... and I realized, I don't have to care about kinetics anymore. HA! Take that Kinetics! And now I can go back to doing things I used to like to do, there is such a feeling of freedom, and I am excited about my research as well, so Everything is all Really quite great right now!!!! HOORAY!!

I will say that the entire orals experience was really quite horrible, weeks and weeks of dread and counting down, and I got sick and had a headache for like 5 days, and THEN I got strep throat, and then Phillippe got sick and died (thats for another post), and everything was all sucky in the world and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, I couldn't even consider how I was going to do, and I was SOOO sick of studying, but I had to, just because I don't even know what I would do if I failed. But now I did it and it is GREAT.

17 March 2009

Homemade Mayo

Making your own mayo is officially not hard and is yummy. Besides, you actually know what is in there.

I followed this recipe, generally, except I didn't measure anything out. I'm not sure what the hot water does besides water it down, but then again, mine doesn't taste exactly like mayo, but it is pretty close. I used olive and canola oil with lemon juice and beat it with a fork. Success!

Basically, I just beat up my egg yolk, added a squirt of lemon juice, beat, add a grape size blob of oil, beat, more oil, beat, more oil beat... squirt of lemon juice, beat, oil.. etc etc until it gets to some consistency you like, and you can add salt and sugar and mustard powder if you'd like. I added a little bit of water, but I'm not sure why. It's a little runny, but maybe it'll solidify up in the fridge.