Did you know the & sign is called an ampersand? That’s one of my favorite random facts.
elohorn asked me about the importance of potassium. Potassium is an ESSENTIAL ion to body function! The first step in cellular muscle contraction is potassium entering the cell. Hypokalemia (low serum potassium levels) can cause hyperexcitablity in the atria of the heart (which I believe is what happened to Teri Schiavo), due to the cells being underresponsive to electical stimulation (for my science-y friends, hypokalemia lowers the resting membrane potential). This leads to arrhythmias via two different and excessively complicated mechanisms, but trust me, it’s bad news bears.
And the difference between light and dark meat is the presence of myoglobin, which binds iron, making meat redder.
BAM, physiologied! Somehow that is not as awesome as BAM, lawyered. Boo.
On Saturday, the new frozen yogurt place near my apartment opened up. Matcha Frozen Yogurt (Columbus, OH) is an assembly line, self serve fro-yo place that had its grand opening on Saturday. In honor of their opening, everything is 50% off this week. Husband and I decided to try it out after my 7 mile run in the blazin’ heat. It did not disappoint.
Everything about Matcha is cute and fun. The owner was on site and extremely friendly. We filled out a survey asking us what kinds of flavors and toppings we want to see in the future. Considering the way husband is talking, we’ll be going back.
In other news, I finally got to meet an internet friend! Michelle from The Running Jewess is moving away this week (to go to grad school at Stanford because she is super brilliant), so Sara from Words to Run By and I decided to meet her for brunch before she left. We also brought my husband and Michelle’s charming friend Chris. Great times were had by…well, I hope all, but definitely by me!
I was super nervous to meet some random stranger from the internet because I feel like a creeper already knowing so much about someone I’ve never met. Luckily, Michelle is super easy to talk to and we had a great conversation about all kinds of crazy stuff. I loved hearing about her experience running the Boston Marathon and I think we scandalized the people behind us with our conversation about horrible porn and Nip/Tuck. Have a great move, Michelle, and we’ll definitely be visiting you in California!
Ever met up with a blogger? Was it awkward or awesome? Best fro-yo toppings? Any more physiology questions? I’m going to confess most of my posts this week are scheduled in advance because I am crazy swamped at work for the next two weeks. Please forgive me if I get behind on your blogs!