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.  🙂

 

 

Snow in Vancouver

Snow on the palm trees!
Snow on the palm trees!

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.

Unicorn and dino in the audience of a mummers play
Unicorn and dino in the audience of a solstice mummers play

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.

MyY solstice favourite, the outdoor (shirtless!) fire dance
My solstice favourite, the outdoor (shirtless!) fire dance

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.

A visit to the EcoDairy in Abbotsford with nieces!
A visit to the EcoDairy in Abbotsford with nieces!

TV! Again

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On Thursday I went downtown to the studio again  to speak about the ongoing study Walking away from chronic low back pain, and how walking can help with low back pain. Since farmers may have decreased access to hands-on care, a self-management intervention like walking can be particularly useful to them.
 
To view the segments, go to the Farmgate media site and pick the episode from October 29, 2016.  My collegue Debra Morgan’s segment starts at 12:20; mine is at 14:30.

Happy Halloween! 

Ironman with with very safe chest and hand lights  (safety points added).  Crap visibility through mask's eyeslits though (safety points deducted)
Ironman with with very safe chest and hand lights (safety points added). Crap visibility through mask’s eyeslits though (safety points deducted)

This statue of a running guys gets dressed up every year. Once it was optimus prime, which was a real favourite.