I thought about getting a facial but they are A LOT more expensive in Palo Alto than other places. I kept going to spa after spa thinking that one must be reasonable, but they got more expensive every place I checked. When I finally hit a place that charged $760 for a facial, I gave up, went to the grocery store and got a shiny purple package of Stridex for $7.65. It seems to be helping except that my skin is now a beautiful glowing red, yes...more than usual. (I guess the positive aspect of this color change is that no one can tell when I get embarrassed.) If it weren't for the fact that I have to get my whole sewer line replaced next week, I would probably go for a ridiculously expensive facial, but this seems like a good time to exercise some amount of financial responsibility.
Research seems to have started going well in earnest today. I woke up at 3:00 AM thinking about citrate. One should never take citrate for granted and I had been. When I factored citrate metabolism into our results, it all started making sense. We got rid of the citrate and the data are very pretty now.