For going across the alps in a car, there are two options. You can drive your car onto a hollow train that goes straight under the mountains twice an hour (like a ferry, but on a train). Or in the summer, you can drive over one of the passes. If it was snowing today, I imagine it's pretty impassable in the winter. There were some guys biking it today. Hardcore.
I made a beautiful braided yeast coffee cake filled with a mixture of almond paste and poppy seeds and brought it into work today. Since I wasn't around, I didn't get to hear the response, but it was all gone by the time we got back, so i guess it was enjoyed.
I've been trying to do more writing the past few days, but feeling a little overwhelmed. I searched yesterday for recent papers on the subject, and it came up with about 60 in the past 2 years, most of which I haven't read or heard about. I feel like after each paper read, I feel like I know less and less of the big picture. I guess I'll just keep plugging along. In good news, I think our reactor materials are about 1/50th the cost of the standard materials used in the literature, so we should have some impact. I hope.