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Look what I’ve finished…

This is Minnow’s baby quilt. I started working on it in my second trimester, just after turning in my dissertation. I was working on it the evening I went into labor, using some of the nervous anticipation and energy that I couldn’t channel into any academic work. After Minnow arrived, the nearly-finished quilt sat out…

Post-conference let-down

Ugh. After conferences, I’m tired and want to go home; but then I get home and am overwhelmed by what I have to do to catch up. I got in at 10:30 pm last night; my inbox is jam-packed from people who want stuff from me, my fridge is empty, my calendar is back to…

For the past several months, I’ve gotten almost weekly emails that read something like this: Dear Professor, I am Stu Dent from NotThisCountry, and I would like to study with you in Fall 2008. I have a BS in -ology from NotThisCountry Regional University, and I have an MS in -ology-subspecialty from NotThisCountry National University.…

Before I even arrived at Mystery U, I was contacted by a student already in our PhD program. The student was about to start his third year in the program, and wanted to know whether I would be willing to advise him. The problem, he said, was that there was no faculty member who had…

Spring is coming!

We will have brussels sprouts come October, if this little sprout has anything to say about it…

Girly toys guilt free

I have some trepidation about raising a girl in today’s culture. How do I navigate the over-princessing and over-sexualization of the preschool years without becoming a militant mom and always saying “no”? So far I’ve tried to strike a good compromise. Minnow has plenty of pink in her wardrobe, but no princess themed outfits. She…

Zen in my living room

Seeing this amaryllis bloom in my living room immediately makes me feel calmer… but actually I’m traveling now, and don’t get to see it in person. *Sigh.*

I’m sitting in panels and sessions at this great conference on Engineering, Social Justice and Peace which is the 7th annual conference of this kind. Here are only some of the snippets of what I’ve been seeing and hearing:

This is how my Friday is going

This morning, I loaded Minnow into the car, plugged in the iPod and started singing along to the children’s songs as we backed out of the driveway. Twenty minutes later I realized that I had completely bypassed Minnow’s daycare and was well on my way to campus. Oops! When I finally made it to my…

Reminiscences of a foggy February drive

As requested.