Atheist Blogroll

Hey everyone! Guess what? My blog (you know, the one you are reading) was added to The Atheist Blogroll. w00t w00t.

There are over 800 blogs on the blogroll now, all by atheist/agnostic bloggers. I haven't read all of the blogs, but I am subscribed to a few of the blogs on my google reader. The blogs are very diverse in scope, theme, topics covered, etc. but it is nice to know when you read them that you are hearing the perspective of a fellow atheist. Its refreshing, to me at least, to read posts that cover topics about separation of church and state or being "out" at work as an atheist rather than a post about a blogger's "relationship with God."

The latest 25 posts from blogs on the blogroll can be found on my sidebar, and if you are interested in joining the blogroll visit visit Mojoey at Deep Thoughts for more information.

The Grad Schools I'm Applying To

So here is the long awaited final list of the schools I am applying to (for those who may not know, I am applying to PhD programs in neuroscience). Wish me luck!

  1. Stanford
  2. University of Virginia
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of Wisconsin
  5. Mount Sinai
  6. University of Southern California
  7. University of California, San Diego
  8. University of California, Los Angeles
  9. University of California, San Francisco
  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  11. University of Texas, Southwestern
  12. Washington University in St. Louis
I'm taking the GRE on TUESDAY, and I have my psuedo-final draft of my statement of purpose done and currently waiting for a few edits before I send it to my recommendation letter writers. It's really happening! I hope to have my part of the applications in by the end of October, and to have my letters in by mid-November.

Right now I am excited and nervous about applying, but I wish I could fast forward a few months and just know where I got in and did not get in. I want to be a neuroscience grad student SO badly. I love doing research and I want to do research forever. Its scary to think that I might not get in anywhere, so I'm just not thinking about that. Its also just hard to make decisions about my life right now when I don't know where I will be living next year, it all hinges on these applications.

Send me good mental-vibes everyone. Thanks for the support!


I haven't posted in a while, and I have food on the brain, so I thought I would post a few of my favorite recipes that I make at home.

1. Vegetarian Fajitas!

1-2 Green bell peppers
1 White or yellow onion
1-2 Serrano chilis (to taste)
1 Red bell pepper (optional)
1 Clove of garlic
2 Tbsp of olive oil
Lemon pepper to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Flour tortillas
Dress with shredded chedder, sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole

Chop onions and peppers into strips, chop serrano into thin slices, mince the garlic
Combine veggies in large skillet with garlic, olive oil and seasonings
Cook on med-high, stirring frequently, heat for 10-15 minutes until veggies are sizzling hot
For "charred" flavor leave unstirred on high heat for a few minutes before serving
Put veggies on tortillas with cheese, sour cream, salsa or whatever else you like!
Serve with black beans and mexican rice or chips and salsa. Mmmm.

2. Better than Veggie Lasagna

This is not your standard lasagna recipe, its better!

1 Red bell pepper
1 Zuchinni
1 Broccoli floret
1/2 Red onion
1 Cup mushrooms
2-3 Cloves garlic
Italian seasoning blend to taste
Crushed red pepper to taste
2 Tbps olive oil
1 Jar prego (unless you want to make your own sauce)
Lasagna noodles
Shredded mozzerella cheese
Fresh (not powdered) parmesan cheese

Chop all veggies into very small chunks, mince the garlic
Combine veggies and garlic in large skillet with olive oil, italian seasoning and crushed red pepper
Cook veggies on low-medium heat until onions are translucent
Boil lasagna noodles
Layer lasagna in caserole as follows:
1) Noodles
2) Veggies and a little sauce
3) Noodles
4) Sauce and mozerella cheese
5) Noodles
6) Veggies and a little sauce
7) Noodles
8) Sauce and both cheeses, with some italian seasoning sprinkled on top
Bake lasagna at 350 until it is heated through and cheese is melty. Usually 30-45 minutes, but allow up to an hour.

Great served with garlic bread and a salad!

3. Veggie Side Dish #1

1/2 Broccoli floret
1/2 Zuchini
1/4 Red onion
1 Clove garlic
Italian seasoning blend to taste
Black pepper to taste
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
Sometimes I add a little lemon juice or crushed red pepper

Chop the veggies, mince the garlic, combine all ingredients in small skillet and heat
This is great as a side dish when you are lacking green foods in your meal.

4. Veggie Side Dish #2

4-5 Cherry tomatos
1/2 Broccoli floret
1/4 Red onion
1 Cup baby spinach leaves
2 Cloves garlic (beware of breath after you eat, but it tastes so good)
Italian seasoning to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
About 1/4 cup red wine (merlot works)

Cut the broccoli and tomatos into small pieces, cut the tomatos in half, mince the garlic
Combine all ingredients but the wine in a pan and heat until spinach wilts
Add wine then cook for about 1-2 more minutes

5. Whole Wheat Macaroni and Tomato Sauce
This is an old recipe of my Mom's. Some people don't like it much, but for me its a great easy comfort food.

1 Cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1 Cup plain tomato sauce (thats right, tomato sauce, not marinara sauce)
2 Tbsp butter
Lots of black pepper

Boil pasta and drain, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Most of my other recipes are kind of standard, like garlic red mashed potatos, so I won't post them. And of course sometimes I just eat pizza bagels or a lean cuisine, or order a thin crust vegetarian pizza like tonight.

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