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I just had two sprouted corn tortillas and some lovely casa chica guacamole for dinner. As the inner child was about to whoop with joy, I realized my parents would have been fine with my having twinkies and hohos for dinner. Really takes the subversive right out of it.

Lately epigentics and standard genetics have been on my mind. I received my SNPs from 23andme.com and promptly ran the raw data over at SNPedia (using their Promethease program.)

Nothing unusual. What was gleaned:
- I am white; all northern European all the time with a haplogroup of H2a2a.
- I have blue eyes with a gray/green variant.
- I carry a type for curly hair and a type for very straight hair. We know which one won, though my gray hair is curly. Perhaps it's a tie.
- Some nice markers that indicated reduced risk of various cancers and type 2 diabetes.
- Markers that indicate I am 7x less likely to respond to anti-depressants
- Indications that I am a significantly higher risk for Macular Degeneration; increased risk for Alzheimers.

I also carry markers that I should be taller than average (I'm 5'2"). When I was two, the time when pediatricians tell parents to double the child's height to guesstimate the future adult height, my estimate was 5'8".

Must be those twinkies and hohos.
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- I will be attending Mrs' appointment later today to take notes and assist. This is a good thing.

- Yesterday I had a high-profile presentation at work; it was scheduled for one hour and I called time at two hours and fifteen minutes. Literally have a dozen new experiments on deck. It's going to be a very busy summer, and I am grateful to (1) have a job, (2) have a job I enjoy immensely and (3) manage a strong team who are also lovely friends.

- Yesterday I attended the leadership meeting of the local ASQ chapter. I really like my geeky quality colleagues. They're so fun and nerdy - and committed. We gave away 8 scholarships to students transferring from 2 year to 4 year colleges; originally 1200.00 each. Not a lot, but every bit helps. Someone suggested we up that to 1500.00 and take the $ from our member scholarship fund. It passed unanimously. I love this group's commitment to the great community.

- This past week I've had a lot of grief. Frequently wept. Last night I cried for about two hours and then it was as if a fever, or a storm, broke. Felt cleansed and let go of the sadness. Much love to [livejournal.com profile] peters67, Diane, Hez, JO, and my niece, [livejournal.com profile] k_e_5810 for carrying me through this time.

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