Welcome back Rolaine!


Rolaine has been out on maternity the last few months and we missed her terribly. We missed her so bad that we placed something on her desk each time we thought of her. As you can see the items added up quickly and she came back to an overflowing welcome this morning. 🙂

Welcome back Ro, we missed you!


Office Experiment: Mold Test

Since we work in a “pit” environment when one person gets sick we try to separate them from the rest of the group. Recently though a few people have been getting sick more often than normal. We decided to investigate by having the Office of Environmental Health and Safety come out to test the air. They came out but were only going to test the dust in the air. We were looking for mold.

So Tom purchased a do-it-yourself mold test kit. The test was simple: put a petri dish by a vent for 15 minutes and then wait 48 hours. It was Friday so it could sit all weekend but we were sad we couldn’t watch its progress. Luckily, Jenn had a webcam and we hooked it up to take a picture every minute. The webcam was kinda crappy so the the video/images came out pretty blurry. Also we had a light on it that caused some condensation.

Time lapse video of mold sample

What happens next

Now that we have this sample we are sending it in for analysis. As you can see from the picture below the mold has begun to grow legs. We are very interested to learn what we are breathing in. As soon as we get the results we will be sure to update everyone.

[Shenanigan] Quarantine

Last week Bob Vrabel was out sick. The work on his desk piled up and as we started chipping away at it we wanted to make sure we too didn’t get sick. So the only solution was to quarantine his entire desk to be safe.

Here is his desk in quarantine:

Poison Ivy

In our group if you’re out for two days with poison ivy don’t be surprised when you come back to this.

I should probably post more of these shenanigan’s and think I will in the future.