Tuesday, February 2, 2010

do you know what today is? today is tomorrow

Today (Groundhog's Day, officially) we had snow again! It fell all day - big beautiful flakes. I'm wearing a new wool beret (terribly itchy...my poor forehead) with some vintage pins I stuck on it.

Here is a groundhog just for you.

I learned something so interesting in my Physical Anthropology class yesterday when we were discussing the Black Plague. Up until recently it has been believed that if you contracted the bacterial disease, you were a gonner for sure. Now they have evidence that people survived the sickness, and even that people highly exposed to it weren't affected. So, they analyzed the genes of descendants of those survivors and found something interesting. On the gene called CCR5 there was a mutation called Delta 32. This mutation caused a protective case to form around the white blood cells, saving the cells from being attacked by the bacteria. Currently, the descendants that posses two mutations are immune to Aids (even though Aids is a virus it still attacks the white blood cells the same way).

In the same class we are learning the different bones in the body. Our Anthropology department currently has a real skeleton for the classes to study. I've never seen a real skeleton (besides the remains of mummies, I suppose) before. I mean, I've seen the reproductions of the bones and skeletons, but seeing it in real life was really different for me. I never fully realized how beautiful they really are. They are so intricate and extraordinary. I'm very inspired.

Well, that's all for tonight. Tomorrow I have class and then work...a long day, but you know, that's life. Pip pip.


Brea M. said...

I love your outfit...IT IS SO CUTE!

We are studying anatomy in my teacher training for yoga, it is so fascinating! The way the body works is incredible, and not to mention beautiful. The way our muscles fit together, and move, and the connective tissue that unifies all of it...its so incredible. The human body is an AMAZING thing!

Francy said...

Your beret looks so sweet on you! Interesting note about the black plague and the mutation. I'll have to read up on that. I admit, I don't know much about that period in history!


Sher said...

Your wool beret is so adorable, it's too bad that it's scratchy! And I love the pink sweater of yours, it's such a lovely colour:)


Susi said...

This beret with its pins looks so sweet on you.

And I have to say, what you've written about this mutation sounds very impressive.

Sabine said...

That IS interesting and surely the basis for more research! I loved anatomy too and when I trained as a PT we had to learn all bones, muscles plus nerves going through them. We also did an autopsy on a real human (which was fun, though some people got sick.)
Fashionwise - more snow? Red tights are the only solution to keep the mood upbeat!

My Passport to Style said...

Hi there sweetie, I adore your beret and cardigan, so chic!Do pop over on my pj master class if you get time, I would love to see you! Sharon (UK) XX

Shop T.O. Live said...

I totally forgot about Groundhogs Day - I guess it would have just made me so sad when I saw the snow.

The skeleton is quite beautiful, eh? I had to take a gross anatomy class when I was in school ...not quite the same - beauty is a bit lost to when swimming elbow deep in the abdomen.


Dirty Hair Halo said...

Cool info. I miss college, some classes used to blow my mind.

I love the colors you've used in your outfit, and the cardi is adoreable.


elena-lu said...

very cute missy! and i guess i hadnt thought about bones but yeah we're pretty cool how we're made! hey ive been so busy lately i havent been around too much but thank you for stopping by and say hi that is sooo sweet! im thinking its gonna get crazy for me in these next few weeks! but after that i should be posting and veiwing and commetning as before! thanks for the blog love though :)

daisychain said...

I love your cardigan so much

Anonymous said...

love your red tights!

Patty Ann said...

i need red tights toooooooooooo hahah groundhog day is hilarious!

Patty Ann

Melissa~ said...

I love the red thights! and the hat.


Sara Lynn said...

LOL the chubby groundhog!!


I love your outfit, that hat is great! The tights?! I am very jealous because I went to get some from Target-and they were out. :(

Kinsey said...

beautiful cardigan sweater, the flower embellishments are just lovely. I love the use of color in this outfit, the tights and the hat are just awesome together.

wow that was interesting about the black plague I was always taught that those who were exposed to were going to die. Interesting that a mutated gene could prevent such an infection. woah immune to aids? now that is interesting
really cool post! :)

Anonymous said...

Your cardigan is great and I love the accent you've added with the red tights.

betz said...

I love your red tights Indy! you look so stunning and stylish in snow!


wardrobeexperience said...

gorgeous outfit! love how you paired these bright colours!


La Historiadora de Moda said...

That jacket is just gorgeous! I've been meaning to ask you if you would be willing to do a style perceptions interview with us over at Fashionable Academics...? If you are, would you send me an email at fashionableacademics(at)gmail(dot)com? We would love to have you participate!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

What an adorable look! Your cardi has such pretty details. You look so classy and sophisticated!


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