Monday, September 29, 2008

Travel checklist

I found out last week that I'm attending a conference in India (Delhi) for a week in November. I'm excited but I also realize that this kind of trip will require a different mindset if I'm going to avoid crippling diarrhea, malaria etc. I've been looking around for travel tips and here's what I have come up with so far:

1. AVOID THE H20 AT ALL COSTS. Drink bottled water and make sure the seal is unbroken. Do not open your mouth in the shower and use bottled water to brush your teeth. Bring rubber bands to attach toothbrush to bottled water as a reminder (I like that one). Also bring extra toothbrushes in case accident occurs.

2. Vaccinations: HepA, HepB, cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio and maybe meningitis. The travel clinic here at Drexel will take care of these, although I plan on talking to my PCP to see what she thinks is necessary.

3. Malarone.

4. Basic meds: anti-diarrhea pills, cipro, pepto bismol

5. Insect repellent, hand wipes, sunscreen

6. Flip flops, loose clothing, hat

7. probiotic supplement to maintain happy gut flora. I should probably start taking this now. I already eat lots of yogurt, but I'm guessing the bacteria in Indian yogurt is of a different variety than that in my Fage. Anyone know if it's ok to go all out with Dairy products while I'm there?

Anyone else have any suggestions?


Saturday, September 20, 2008

The blissful joy of home ownership

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin scares the shit out of me on so many levels.

My husband sums up what we've been talking about lately.

Sunday, September 07, 2008


We found this in our yard yesterday morning, on the ground beneath the ash tree:

Despite looking like some sort of armored alien life form it is actually a hickory horned devil, the caterpillar that will pupate underground to become a large regal moth.

In other news, I had my first committee meeting this past Wednesday, and it went well. Next up: qualifier in December.