Hi, my name is Amy, and I’m a freezer hoarder. It all started about eight years ago, when we bought a house and a nice big fridge to go with it. At first it was innocent: Some extra bagels, homemade granola, some nuts I didn’t want to go bad.
Then I started saving little bits of things: bags of vegetables with not quite a full serving in them, canned chipotle peppers that I used just one of for a certain recipe, Parmesan rinds for soup, vegetable scraps, and chicken bones for stock. How many times have I made stock? Once.
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For the past two weeks, many of you, like myself, have probably clicked on numerous stories about Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Congresswoman who was shot in the head, along with six others, in a supermarket parking lot earlier this month. Many of the headlines sound encouraging, though we all know that recovery will be a very long road. The latest is that Giffords was able to stand up with assistance, and will be leaving the intensive care unit and moving to a rehabilitation hospital tomorrow. [AZ Central]
I was especially struck by the New York Post‘s headline on this today. The large type at the top of the page read, “Gabby Stands,” as if talking about someone we all know personally. Because yesterday evening, I read an essay at CNN.com written by someone who does actually know Giffords well, journalist and author Tom Zoellner. Keep reading »
We choose our friends based on many factors — common tastes, sense of humor, interests, and, according to a new study, gene patterns. Researchers discovered that friendship circles share more than the same taste in music and movies, they share similar DNA. Friend pairs tended to have closely matched levels of the gene that controls dopamine and seratonin in the brain, while having opposite levels of a gene linked to immunity. What does this mean? In short, that we instinctually befriend people with similar dispositions and dissimilar immune systems, meaning they’ll want to go to the same concert as us AND they probably won’t catch our flu when we get sick. If that’s not the definition of a friend, I don’t know what is. In the future, I will be administering DNA tests to prospective friends. [Live Science] Keep reading »