Pin It! Where Pinterest Comes Alive

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You read the title right, it is called Pinspiration Market and it was here in Seattle over the weekend at Magnuson Park Hanger 30. There were over 115 vendors with everything you might have pinned to your boards at one time. I found out about this event through Facebook events one day and thought why not go. The market was held at Magnuson Park in one of the old airplane hangers that dot the property (the place used to be a Navy Air Station) and on a Saturday morning there was plenty of activity going on all around the area.

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Lately, my mother has been looking for old vintage picture frames to use in decorating a wall in her house and by the end of our day at the market, I was carrying two frames back to the car. The thing is they were shabby chic with what one vendor called “mermaid” blue and had a rustic old paint technique people have been pinning like crazy on Pinterest. Sadly these frames will not be this color for long because they are going to be repainted.

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Of course, there was a lot of vendors with old antiques like typewriters, those neat Brownie cameras from the 1940s, and those old 1920-1970s suitcases or travel trunks stacked on top of each other. Not to mention the old pane glass windows that seemed to be sold within 15 minutes of the market is open. A few vendors tried to sell some that had broken or missing glass panes for $40-75, which let’s be honest is still way too much even if the replacement panes cost $9. There was plenty of those cute signs seen all around Pinterest, and one vendor sold the adhesives stencils to make your own. There were clothing shops and a few vendors with those cotton ball floral arrangements for sale (Note: you can find these at Hobby Lobby or Micheals or even JoAnn Fabric in the floral departments) that have taken by storm due to Fixer Upper show on HGTV.

There is, of course, DIY classes, but after a few rounds of names being called, there was no way I was sticking around for a long time waiting for my name to appear (if it ever did).

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There was only one food truck there, and it was damn good food! 314 Pie– Savory and Sweet Pies food truck had one of the best chicken pot pies I have had in a long time. It was even better than Marie Calendar pies people are raving about. There was a cookie in there too, but I ate it before I could document it, so sorry you just have to go try it in person (Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookie). I did pass the Delicately Sweet Confections booth and the Arno Chocolates, but I need something more than a sweet treat to keep me going.

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For those who missed the chance, there will be other times: Puyallup Fair Grounds Feb 9&10 2018, and Seattle Magnuson Park May 20, 2018.

Such cute stuff at Pinspiration Market! Come see us in Seattle tomorrow from 10 to 4. #pinspiration #coolstuff #makersgonnamake

Or you can visit the site Pinology Market for more places and The Great Junk Hunt.

 

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Last Year of University & Becoming A Scientist

This will be the last year of college for this girl and I am excited about what is ahead. It seemed like yesterday when I received my late acceptance to Northwest University two weeks before the start of classes! I thank the Lord everyday for this opportunity, especially since it took so long to finally go back to school.

 

I have learned and grown a lot since stepping foot on campus two years ago. In nine months I will be walking across the stage and graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry. I am forever grateful to my colleagues at Dendreon and Seattle biotech for support all these years for getting me to this point. So grateful for you all!

 

As I have said many times, life is a science experiment and there are many adventures worth taking. Being in science is an adventure in its self. The hard paths in life are the ones with the best views. I don’t doubt it! I remember thinking back when I was getting my Associates degree how so much had been found already that there is nothing left to discover. Fast forward years later, there is still a whole lot to discover.

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This year my main goal is to graduate from Northwest in May- nine months out. Other goals is to study hard, have time for self-care and have fun along the way. I realized back in Tanzania I needed to step up my game when it came to de-stressing from all the stress during the week. This year is going to be stressful, and I am ready for it.

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I love being a scientist and a women in STEM. Science is not an easy subject, but once you master it, you go far! I have done a lot in the short amount of time at Northwest and in biotech. I never imagined when I was in high school this is what I would be doing or helping to find a cure for cancer. I am still in aw at it all.

To all those girls out there loving STEM, keep going!! We need more of you! I hope one day you will graduate with a degree in something you are passionate about. Never give up!

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What I wore:

Shirt: Northwest University t-shirt (Eagle Exchange)
Jeans: Curvy Profile blue jeans (Old Navy)
Shoes: Maroon All Stars Converses (DSW)
Glasses: Via Spiga (Costco Optical)

White Lab Coat: Dickies Work Wear (Amazon)
Navy Dress: Sheath dress (Land’s End)
Shoes: Nude pumps Jessica Simpson (DSW)

Hair: Tracy King Designs (Seattle)

Commit To Fit: Month 5

This whole month of April was completely busy with studying for finals, getting ready for a trip to Tanzania, and keeping up on being committed to fit. The treadmill and I had a 30-45 minute a day every morning this whole month. Will see how it lasts after I get back from Tanzania.

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Easter was healthy (take that Peeps!) with minimal sweets. It seems there are five months out of the year where candy is used in celebration of the holidays. Interesting. Besides, I dislike Peeps so you will NEVER see those nasty marshmallow chicks in my cupboard EVER. But I had to have the Belgium waffles church was serving for Easter breakfast with all the Nutella and banana slices on top!

Meal prep has become more routine since I have a friend who taking the challenge of commit to fit. Now all I do is search Pinterest for recipes and try out all the concoctions hoping not to get bored in eating the same thing day in and day out for a week.

Depriving myself is not on the agenda and having a group lunch date with all the organic chemistry peeps (ha!) at Maggiano’s in Bellevue, eating Chicken Marsala was on the agenda. Well eating a ~1,200 calorie meal over two days would count on the agenda and I had to balance out my meals to compensate for this calorie heavy meal for the rest of the week. I regret nothing!

Photo of Maggiano's Little Italy - Bellevue, WA, United States. Chicken Masala :)
Chicken Marsala (pasta is served in another bowl)

You would think stressed from work and college would keep me skinny, but the opposite is true. When stressed it is like diving face first into a bowl of M&Ms for me. Chocolate is the go-to comfort food for me when I am stressed out. I am glad to say I did not dive into a bowl full of chocolate but decided to take the healthy route when it came to stress over finals. I found snacking on “apple nachos” and little bite sized Pro Bars to help with mindless eating while studying.

The month of April came pretty fast and ended fast. I could say I sailed through this month with a few healthy habits after being derailed for two months. I wonder what May (Month 6) has in store for my goal of committing to being fit by the end of the year? Stay tuned!

Commit To Fit: 3-4 Months

I haven’t gone off my plan of commit to fit and yet I feel as if I have. Oops! Weight loss is a fickle thing at times. One minute you lose some weight and the next it is back. Then again the law of physics plays a cruel joke on you and no matter where you put the scale in the house, you have a range of weights! Then again why am I weighing myself? Isn’t healthy measured not by how much you weight, but how your body feels? Ugh! Even a biologist like myself has a hard time answering this very question. A friend of mine who is a dietitian determines healthy by the things you eat that help the body better function. Then again it doesn’t matter what you read, it will be wrong at some point. Anyways…..

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In the past two months it has been a roller coast ride in weight loss, and being on a healthy living kick. I could say all the hard work done in January on Whole30 came undone in the month of February. How can a short month cause me to derail my diet? STRESS!!! Its’ not like I ate a whole bag of M&Ms every day, but it felt like I did. February stresses me out. Even the thought of it right now stresses me out! The whole month was stressful, and instead of me losing the weight like a normal person, I gained weight back! Ugh! My inner fatty kept telling me I needed bread!

There's no louder sound than the crunch of something you're not supposed to be eating.:

March was crawling back into trying to be healthy again until the Girl Scouts decided to hawk their wears outside the grocery store. Who can resist thin mints? Yep though so! I had to have not just thin mints (hey don’t judge! I know you went crazy too!) but the Samoa and the s’mores. Damn those s’mores were good! They better be back next year! Also, the weather sucked again. Talk about the weird weather in February (snow every Monday) to being washed out in March. Even the treadmill is guilt tripping me to stay longer on it. Motivation is hard at times, and even with all the Pinterest motivation quotes, it was still hard to get my butt in gear to do anything with the world exercise in the title. Even stocking the Tumblr called Commit To Fit wasn’t helping either. Just seeing all of my classmates walking around with athletic wear and drinking protein shakes didn’t motivate this late twenty-year-old into exercising.

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You can say the last two months has been derailing my diet and having no motivation to exercise. Is this normal? Apparently, it is when you think about the bleak days of winter in Seattle. Just hoping the next month will be better and this exercise funk will be over with spring here.

This is funny... but it's not ACTUALLY kale, right?...:

Five Year Blog Anniversary

Happy five year blog anniversary to A Biotechie”s Life!

Back in 2012 I started this blog after spending two years on Blogspot. This blog has grown into something amazing in pass few years, and hopefully for a few more!

Thank you to all my readers for continuing to stop by! Here is to five years of A Biotechie’s Life! Thank you!

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