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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
By now the puppies have all gone to their homes. Aww!
Part of the Xmas visit involved a trip to see Elizabeth in Victoria. Fun times!
We went to a super-awesome nes restaurant called Agrius.
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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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/
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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. 🙂
So we arrived in Vancouver for a two-week visit to the westcoast and found it snowy. Luckily it has mostly melted, so we can continue our tour: the city, Maple Ridge, Mission, Seattle, and Victoria.
On Dec 21 there is always a big multi-site solstice celebration in Vancouver, which is one of my favourite events. Professor Banjo and Hot Pluto Jazz trio played, and the grand finale was Urban Haida drum group accompanying fire dance. Perhaps 2017 will be the year I put together my hula hoop and acro-yoga skills and take up fire dancing.
Graham and I also took his parents and our youngest nieces on a tour of the Fraser Valley Eco Dairy. We learned about their bio-digester and methane fuel/compost production, as well as animal husbandry. Linnea was really interested in the robotic milker, and Jasmine was brave enough to let a cow lick her with a long, scrapey tongue.
This statue of a running guys gets dressed up every year. Once it was optimus prime, which was a real favourite.