Thursday, January 7, 2016

Galaxies Collide, Doctor's Office,

Whilst sitting around at the lab on Tuesday waiting to  have an X ray, I was kind of watching the TV (well I was right opposite it) and saw the latest picture from the Hubble Telescope showing two galaxies merging. What an incredible picture. I mentioned it to Stephen Tremp when I was on Facebook later and he directed me to an article and picture. Stephen is always up to date on these scientific space announcements.

I didn't know galaxies could move around this much or that they could amalgamate. The article mentions stars being displaced and virtually "bounced about" (my words). Can you imagine what that would be like if these stars had some kind of life on them? Mind you I have now discovered that the Milky Way may also be in the process of merging with the Andromeda system. Another article in the Huffington Post. I wonder what that will mean for us. There appear to be lots of articles about it if you Google. Guess I will try and get Googling. I also saw a headline about the Milky Way has 4 billion years to live. Uh oh!! I wonder if humans will be "in space" by then?

Today the doc is supposed to get the results of my Xray. I think, but am not 100% certain,she closes at lunchtime on Thursday and then is not open again until Monday. At the moment, she is on her own. I didn't tell you that although she was previously affiliated with a large medical practice, she has now resigned and set up on her own. I must say I wonder what happened. The originator of the large practice told us, a year or two back, that the two of them, being partners, had sent their daughters to medical college with the intention of them becoming the inheritors of said practice. A falling out I wonder. Although our doctor has resigned, she has to fulfill her contract until the end of February apparently at which time her hours in her new practice will change and I gather she intends to hire a nurse practitioner as well. In a way I am sorry not to be under the care of the larger practice, especially as we had been with the originator from the beginning of her career in Ontario, around 13 or 14 years I think. However, they are in another town and Dr. Wang is closer. One thing with the Cambridge practice though, one could always get an appointment that day, if necessary, because of our ages.

This is a somewhat lighter and easier version of a very well know dish. No reason why one shouldn't use chicken I'm thinking. Think I had better stop posting noodle dishes LOL.

Shrimp Pad Thai

This lightened Pad Thai is packed with vibrant ingredients like crushed red pepper, sliced green onions, and dry-roasted peanuts to add great flavor.
  • Yield:
    6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


  • 8 ounces wide rice stick noodles (Banh Pho)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 3/4 cup (1-inch) sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts


Place noodles in a large bowl. Add hot water to cover; let stand 12 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Combine ketchup, sugar, fish sauce, and pepper in a small bowl.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Remove shrimp from pan; keep warm.
Heat 4 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add eggs; cook 30 seconds or until soft-scrambled, stirring constantly. Add sprouts, green onions, and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add noodles, ketchup mixture, and shrimp; cook 3 minutes or until heated. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Have a great day


  1. Hi Jo - space is fascinating .. our sun has 4.5 billion years to go before we are subsumed by it. Good luck with the hip and the results ... the Shrimp dish sounds delicious .. cheers Hilary

    1. It is fascinating Hilary. Thanks I hope I get my results today.

  2. That's a really cool picture from the Hubble! I think we have some time before we collide with Andromeda. Let us know what your xray results are! Hopefully she'll call you before she closes for the rest of the week!

    1. Isn't it JoJo. I was fascinated from the minute I saw it on TV.

      I do hope so.

  3. Four billion years is a long time off.
    Thai food! I would eat that.

    1. Yup, Alex, I think we don't have to worry about it.

      You can get the nice fresh shrimp too.

  4. The recipe looks delicious :) It is interesting your doctor is going out on her own; seems like the opposite, most single practitioners hook up with a big group to share call, etc. Hoping the results of the x-ray are good!


    1. Yes Betty, I was very surprised. Maybe she will enlarge her practice here as she gets settled in.

      I hope so too.

  5. Space blows my little mind. It's a wonder, for sure, and I doubt we understand even a fragment of its mysteries.

    I hate having to change doctors. We had the same one for years and she quit for an administration job. I'm still bummed, though we do have a new doc who is wonderful.

    1. You are right Liz, I am sure we don't. It is fascinating just the same.

      Haven't really changed doctors. She was part of the group in the next town and we used to see her sometimes as well as all the others there. Then they opened two offices in this town and Dr. Wang was in charge of them. Not sure what went wrong, but now she has opened her own practice, on her own. Only trouble is, it's a bit disorganised at the moment until she really gets going and getting someone on the phone is pretty difficult.

  6. Confession: Thinking about space terrifies me. It makes me feel small, insignificant and powerless. I was looking up at the blue sky the other day and commented to Scotto how vast it was. He replied it was amazing to think that after the blue ended there was endless blackness. It terrified me! In saying that, it is fascinating. We we've spent many nights out on our front lawn watching the space station fly over. My sister is a space nut and gets emails from Nasa telling her when it's passing over. Lovely recipe. I love peanuts in recipes.

    1. When it comes to space Pinky, you/we are. I am absolutely fascinated by space and so wish I could be around for the future when I firmly believe we will be going out into space. Never seen the space station pass. Wonder if we can from here. Love peanuts anyway.

  7. It's fascinating what has been discovered about space in my life time - and what we've sent out into space. I remember as a small child how they used to make announcements about the time Sputnik would be overhead. We frequently used to go to a local drive-in movie theatre and an announcement would come over the loud speaker when it was due and everyone would get out of their cars and stare up. Wouldn't happen now, would it, with so many objects in orbit no-one would be interested.

    1. You are right Helen. I don't think I ever heard announcements about Sputnik over head. Maybe it's clearer over Oz or something. I was not a small child when they launched Sputnik.