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Still standing

Dimly lit at mid-day in late December, this topped fella stands in Mt Doug Park close to Elizabeth’s place.

The days are getting longer and spring is generally a more hopeful time, but even the late December day in photo had some sunshine. Sometimes ‘still standing’ is a real accomplishment (even if your branches are mostly gone).

Tweets

A bit  late to the party, but I started a twitter account and that is where many of my work photos and news is ending up these days.  Even if you don’t have twitter, you can see my feed on the ErgoLab website.  If I post less on this blog, you’ll know why!

More art cards

This one was for Elizabeth and Erik

As promised, here are some more art cards to draw up during cold days and send in the mail.  I didn’t make or send any heart-shaped valentines this year, but feel free to interpret these with a loving spirit.

This one was for David and Kinoi
This is for Bridget and Ed, inspired by a fermentation cookbook gift from Bridget and a trip to Korea.
The kim chi card contained this poem, co-written by Graham and me.  Maybe you had to be there? 

Ferry photos

Everyone likes the Ferry!

Graham's modeling shot #1
Graham’s modeling shot #1

That is not strictly true. For folks that live on the Island or who take the ferry a lot, the ferry is an inconvenient, expensive, and time consuming necessity for getting back and forth to the mainland. When I lived in Victoria, I felt that way; the ferry was something that you rush to, grumble about, and then ignore while you read your way across.

Township on the ferry LIKE A BOSS
Township on the ferry LIKE A BOSS

Now that I live on the prairies, I miss the ocean and the ferry feels like a real treat. I’ve taken a handful of ferry trips since moving away from BC, and for the most part I now spend them as a tourist: walking on the decks, looking out at the water, and marveling at the scenery ( and occasionally looking for wildlife).

David and Graham were kind enough to also be up for a walk on the decks, even though it was a bit chilly and windy in December.
Selfie with another ferry in Active Pass!

Of course, being on the island is great too and is really the point of it all.

David’s modeling shot on the beach in Mt Doug Park

Plants

Five lovely little terrariums (terreria?)
Five lovely little terrariums (terreria?)

While in Bellevue we were gifted with lovely terrariums, and also sent with some to bring northward. Unfortunately, plants and soil are not allowed to be transported over the border. So, we had a little funeral for them and said goodbye at the waste disposal centre. We were allowed to keep the glass dishes, so we can start over with some new plants, and whispered memories of their former occupants. (haunted terreriums!)

We got to visit the International disposal area of the border
We got to visit the International disposal area of the border

Seen around Vancouver

Heron by the Vancouver Rowing Club
Heron by the Vancouver Rowing Club

It is nice to be able to walk around a visit a place you like. On the last days of our Xmas trip, Graham and I got a chance to walk around Vancouver. We were downtown and in the West End, which is not a place I’ve ever spent a lot of time.

The best collection of totems, complete with interpretive signs!
The best collection of totems, complete with interpretive signs!

We got cha time bubble teas and went for a walk in Stanley Park. We ate legit Korean food and then went to H-mart to pick up dinner to eat on the plane ride home.

The Red Cedar Man gave the canoe to the people
The Red Cedar Man gave the canoe to the people
Crazy manufacturing welding sculpture
Crazy manufacturing welding sculpture
What if you have 2 astrovans but only have a motorcycle parking spot.
What if you have 2 astrovans but only have a motorcycle parking spot.
From the other angle
From the other angle
The Seawall!
The icy Seawall!
Graham's modeling shots
Graham’s modeling shots

Domestic Day

High-grade vegetarian lasagna
High-grade vegetarian lasagna in progress

What do you do on a weekend when its too cold to go out? Make a bunch of things for future meals and snacks!  Saskatoon often has January weekends where the only acceptable outdoor activity is scurrying through the grocery store parking lot to get things for the week.  The first weekend back after Christmas was just such an occasion!

Five fully completed lasagnes!
Five fully completed lasagnes!

We might get a few chances to do this this winter, which has been very cold so far. The good news is the deck is consistently cold enough to be a freezer extension.

Pulled jackfruit for vegan tacos of the future
Pulled jackfruit for vegan tacos of the future
They look like bear poops, but are actually choco-seed balls
They look like bear poops, but are actually choco-seed balls
Our new instant pot, which is the greatest kitchen device ever: an unexplodable pressure cooker
Our new instant pot, which is the greatest kitchen device ever: an unexplodable pressure cooker

On the fermentation side of things, we made a batch of usual kim chi, but also got a batch of kombucha which was fermenting while we were in BC. (The SCOBY was a December gift from a friend.) Mom gave me a mandolin for Christmas, so I used that along with fermentation airlocks and this book from Bridget to make my first batch of sauerkraut. Another week or so and we’ll test it.

Kombucha and her friends the kim chi twins
Kombucha and her friends the kim chi twins
Fermentation airlocks keep the environment anaerobic for better sauerkraut

I made 3 big freezer bags of tamales for future enjoyment
I made 3 big freezer bags of tamales for future enjoyment
Graham’s awesome home-made pizza, capping off the domestic weekend

Family visits

Part of the Xmas visit involved a trip to see Elizabeth in Victoria. Fun times!

Graham and I at Agrius
Graham and I at Agrius

We went to a super-awesome nes restaurant called Agrius.

David and me
David and me
Elizabeth and Erik
Elizabeth and Erik
We saw a 3D movie, and were the only ones at the late showing! So I obnoxiously took a flash photograph
We saw a 3D movie, and were the only ones at the late showing! So I obnoxiously took a flash photograph
A photo of Nanna and Pop that Unkle Mike has
A photo of Nanna and Pop in the garden from Unkle Mike 
The best zucchini from the best gardener!
The best zucchini from the best gardener!
This squash was also very impressive. It was like holding a toddler!
This squash was also very impressive. It was like holding a toddler!

Research Report 2016

Team photo after data collection in a swine barn
Team photo after data collection in a swine barn

While it wasn’t an easy year in many arenas, research-wise 2016 went pretty well.  Things have been quiet on this blog because I have been posting most of the research news over on my U of S Lab website. I also started a twitter account, and you don’t need to sign up to read the updates on Twitter or on the ErgoLab homepage.  There were some exciting awards and accomplishments of my students highlighted there.

In 2016 I was lucky enough to get grant funding from WCB Saskatchewan, Heritage Canada, U of S Department of Medicine, CIHR, Mitacs, and WorkSafeBC.  We had a great conference in Toronto for the Canadian Association for Research in Work and Health, and I will spend the next 2 years acting as the president for that organization (planning the 2018 conference now!)

Here are the year’s articles:

  1. Zeng, X., Kociolek AM, Khan MI, Milosavljevic S, Bath B, Trask C. (2016) Whole Body Vibration Exposure Patterns in Canadian Prairie Farmers. Ergonomics p 1-22 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00140139.2016.1252859
  2. Wahlström, J., Bergsten, E., Trask, C., Jackson, J., Forsman, M., Mathiassen, S.E. (2016) Full-shift trunk and upper arm postures and movements among aircraft baggage handlers. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 60(8): 977-990 http://annhyg.oxfordjournals.org/content/60/8/977.abstract
  3. King, N., Pickett, W., Hagel, L., Dosman, J., Trask,C., Jansson, I. for the Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study Team. (2016) Identifying and mitigating risks for agricultural injury associated with obesity. Injury Prevention. 7(4):220-224 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27413685
  4. Trask, C., Bath, B., Johnson, P., Teschke, K. (2016) Risk Factors for Low Back Disorders in Saskatchewan Farmers: Building a Foundation for Epidemiological Studies. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Research Protocols. 5(2) http://www.researchprotocols.org/2016/2/e111/
  5. Essien, S., Bath, B., Koehncke, N., Trask, C. (2016) Association between whole body vibration and low back disorder in farmers: a cohort study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 58(6): 212-217  http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2016/06000/Association_Between_Farm_Machinery_Operation_and.22.aspx
  6. Hagel, L., King, N., Dosman, J. A., Lawson, J., Trask, C., Pickett, W., & Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study Team. (2016). Profiling the safety environment on Saskatchewan farms. Safety science, 82, 103-110. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753515002325

With a few accepted that will be published next year:

  1. Heiden, Garza, Trask, Mathiassen (2016) Predicting directly measured trunk and upper arm postures in paper mill work from administrative data, workers’ ratings and posture observations Accepted for publication in BMC Medical Research Methodology, BMRM-D-16-00190
  2. Zeng, X., Trask C., Kociolek A. Whole-body Vibration Exposure of Occupational Horseback Riding in Agriculture: a Ranching Example. Submitted to: American Journal of Industrial Medicine; 2016; Manuscript ID: AJIM-16-0100.
  3. Trask, C., Rostami, M., Mathiassen, S.E., Heiden, M. (2016) Observer variability in posture assessment from video recordings: the effect of partly visible periods. Accepted for publication in: Applied Ergonomics. Manuscript # JERG-D-16-00133.

U of S also awarded me tenure this year, so now I can tell them what I REALLY think.  🙂