Daisy Bateman

New Growth

Could it be? Just when I was resigning myself to a reasonable-if-unspectacular crop of tomatoes as the end of all my work and worry, I go out and discover that several of the plants have sprouted new, um, sprouts. With flowers! And green leaves! The rest of the plants have been looking kind of gray … Read more

So Close, And Yet So Not Quite

Every once in a while I get it in my mind that I would like to find something that seems like it should be completely obvious and widely available, but when I go looking for it I find this thing seems not to exist at all.* Recently, that item has been two-tone, low-heeled equestrian boots. … Read more

Pepper Pot

It’s not just tomatoes and herbs in the garden here. I mean, it is, mostly, but we have a couple of pepper plants too. Unfortunately, I’ve misplaced their tags, so I’m not sure what kind of peppers these are, but I did remember enough to know that I was supposed to wait for them to … Read more

Quick Poll

Ahem. Would all people who are deeply disturbed by the fact that the song “Yummy Yummy Yummy (I’ve Got Love In My Tummy)” is being used to sell kids’ yogurt please raise their hands? Thank you. Now, for all of you not currently raising your hand, go find a person who was alive in the … Read more

Thurscheese: The Well-Traveled Pizza

It was Cameron’s birthday this week (Happy birthday!), and it was up to me to come up with a special dinner for him. Since it was on a Monday, the restaurant options were going to be limited, so that left me with home cooking. Until I saw this, the website for an actual Chicago pizza … Read more

Truth In Advertising

If there’s one thing you learn in the course of a career in science, it’s the importance of labeling things clearly: Key line from the description: “These comfy t-shirts are a great way to reward staff and have a little fun in the lab.” On the plus side, I guess it’s better than just sticking … Read more

Shoesday: The Shoes That Weren’t

There is no question that I am a fan* of online shopping, particularly where deals are involved. But there are downsides. The fact that you can’t try things on first means that you need both a brutal level of awareness of what you can and cannot wear, and the willingness to give up on things … Read more