Image this!

Strictly timed experiments. Everything must be imaged (roughly, put sample under microscope, then take pictures) within a 2-day span. “Everything” is enough to make 12-hour workdays. The imaging itself is tedious and must be done in as much darkness as possible. After the sample is prepared and placed under the microscope,

1. set camera

2. camera takes image for 30 seconds

3. look at image and adjust camera for the next take, which must start exactly 30 seconds after the end of the first

4. repeat from (1) 15 times per experiment

5. repeat as many times as necessary to image “everything” within a 2-day span.

Enter Ms. Yarn Harlot, and her new book. Inability to put book down results in crazy behavior.

1. set camera

2. camera takes image for 30 seconds while crazy-ass Grumperina reads Yarn Harlot’s book with only the glow of the monitor to guide her tired eyes (it’s amazing how much one can read in 30 seconds)

3. put book down, look at image and adjust camera for the next take, which must start exactly 30 seconds after the end of the first

4. repeat from (1) 15 times per experiment

5. repeat as many times as necessary to image “everything” within a 2-day span.

I read the majority of that book in 30-second intervals. In nearly total darkness. Did I mention, inability to put book down?!?

Stephanie, you’ve outdone yourself in this one. Spectacular. Dare I say, I like the format of this one much better than the first?

Note to self: experiment #24, which was done while reading “What Her Hands Won’t Do,” may not have precisely followed the imaging protocol since I was sobbing uncontrollably. Uhm, some of the other experiments may not have precisely followed the imaging protocol since I was cracking up. It’s all good ;).