Where has Hollie Gone?

Sorry, I'm sick. Very very sick. But antibiotics should clean me up by Christmas


Yummy Homemade Bread!

Crazy but true, I made bread today. The recipe was foound on the net, called no knead bread, and if it were not for the Not Martha blog I never would have found it. Its amazing the crazy things you can find on blogs.
Yummy Yummy Homemade Bread!

Yay Pat!

My former lab-mate Dr. Pat Druckenmiller is in the news! To read more, Click on the title above


New Copper Bracelet

It took me a Long time to think this one up, but I am super proud of it!
7.5" long (can be incresed)

Weekend Traveling

Yesterday we drove to go to Banff!! Goodness I love that trendy little town, not that I'm into shopping like that, but its always been a great place to go and cruse around. The drive up was, as always, beautiful. It was a little overcast...

In Banff we went to the Walter Phillips Art Gallery, to see a show about iconography, really great show! Our friend TJ had two pieces in it and they are great!
We than went to the Whyte Museum where my friend Julie works, and the 3 of us went out for Sushi! The Sushi House in Banff is my favorite because it has a little train that runs around the bar and you take plates of food off of the train. Bad news is, they have been orderd by health and safety to remove the train by December the first, even tho this shop has been open for like 15 years!! we signed the petition to keep the train. Next we had coffee with Kate and her friend. I bought some bearspaws at the Fudgery, Yum!. I haven't seen Kate an Julie in such a long time, it was so good to see them again. The trip was over tho, time to go home!
We saw a tonne of wildlife whiledriving through the town, a family of deer...here is a blurry photo of one

I also saw a flock of ravens hanging out down town, man those birds are big!!
Few photos due to some foggy weather. Not to worry, we'll be going again for sure!


My first Expert Inquiry

Today I got my first email from another researcher asking a question because I am a Wishbone expert. I feel so proud, not just because I got the question, but because I know the answer. What a great day!

Here's the scoop!

"Hi Hollie!

I figure this question is in your area of expertise . . . what is the name of the part of the furcula that is endochondral in origin? (see picture; double-crested cormorant). Hope your stuff is going well, and you enjoyed your Mexican conference."

Here's my response:

"Hi *, great photograph!

From what I understand, there is no part of the furcula that is endochondrial in origin. It is all dermal/membranous in origin. However, post ossification, cartilage does form due to friction (movement) in vivo. This cartilage is than ossified, causing the furcula to become thicker.

This info I remember came from one of Brian Hall's Papers (Hall, 1986, J. Embryol. exp. Morph 93:133-152). He immobilized chick embryos in vivo and found that their furculae were very reduced as compared to mobile chicks (that's an oversimplification, of course)

For information about the development of the furcula, the best paper is Russell & Joffe 1985, and all of the Hall papers on the subject.

Hope this helps,
ps, Mexico was awesome!"


Very Cool Commercial

I'm sure everyone has seen this before but I still like it


Two New Listings on Etsy

These are some fabulous pieces I had made a while back but couldn't give up...just yet.

Sterling silver bracelet with peridot, Bali silver, and amber and peridote pressed glass (here)

Peridot lariat with Thai silver leaves and amber pressed glass (here)


I'm on a list, Yipee!

Sheri Put me on her treasury list, Tamara's earrings are there too
Sheri's Treasury
So sorry I have not updated in a while... I will soon, promise!


More from Seattle

Finally found that waterfall!

More Seattle

Searching for Waterfalls, we found cherries, trees and rivers...

More photos from Seattle

Two more photos of Taylor having fun before he went on a cruise with Julie and Natalie!

With those 3 gone, what to do? Go out for steak of course!

Mom drank a little too much

then lost her steak sauce. Don't go near Mom searching for her steak sauce, she's vicious!

Lots more to post


We went up the Sky Needle....

Mom did not go up, due to fear of heights, but Taylor wanted her to come

One of my favorite photos of Julie and Taylor
More Photos in Seattle... OK, Taylor in Seattle

Where to begin???

I haven't posted in a long time. So sorry. Life is CRAZY. Lets see if I can catch you up on everything going on
Well, lets start with the photos from my trip to Seattle visiting Kristie and Andrew with Julie, Natalie, Taylor, and Mom... way back in July!
The first few days we spent with Julie, Natalie, and Taylor. Thus most photos are of Taylor. Can't help it, he's too darned cute!


Shoes by Jenna Kate

So comfy, and stylish!

More toggles you say?

Correct, I've been experimenting with etching ovals. Ovals are new to me, I was getting too comfortable with the circles I realized, so I was up for the challenge. Some ovals did not turn out, I'm not showing you those... These are the good ones!

What the heck! one circle never hurt anyone, did it?


Earrings from last night

I like them!! Copper is so fun to work with


The Cat came Back

Good news~ Renato heard mewing from the bedroom window last night. Inertia was there - scared out of her mind. When I came home she greeted me at the door. Her nose and paws are a little dirty (normally they are gleaming white) but other than that shes the same old Inertia.
Sorry to worry anyone!


Have you seen this Kitty?

I'm flying back tomorrow morning (thank goodness!) Renato contacted me today that Inertia has disappeared. Oh No!!! I'm in a huge state of panic right now, and really wishing I was home. Inertial does not go out ever, so I'm worried she is hiding somewhere terrified. I'll post more updates, but if you are in the Calgary NW area, keep an eye out for my kitty!


Parrots, Inside-Out

I have been learning to X-ray parrots today. No parrots were hurt in the making of these X-rays. The parrots are 40+ years gone, and one I believe was preserved in the 1800's!

The top is an Amazon parrot, the bottom is a Budgie. They are not of equal size. I think these images are going t help my research a lot!


One Week In DC!

My first week here is finished, Yay! I find it really warm and humid, but I think I am starting to acclimatized. So far I have had strange encounters with a lot of insects; went grocery shopping 2 times, laundry cleaning 1 time; I met a beautiful Great Dane named Zero, and spent every possible hour in the museum collections. So... No sight-seeing photos so far. This photo I gotta post because I was amazed by the size of this bug! (twice the size of my thumb)

And it was pretty, and didn't attack me (all qualities I admire in bugs) I've seen tones of fireflies, and one insane cockroach, as well as cardinals and bunny rabbits on my way to and from work.
I'll try to take some photos of the Smithsonian soon!