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Hanging up my blogging shoes

You might have guessed this was coming. My blogging frequency has dropped off dramatically this year, particularly this semester. I keep writing “yep, I haven’t died yet – I’ll tell you all about what I’m doing sometime, really” posts, and not ever following up. Other signs have included….

On December 6, 1989, an armed gunman named Marc Lepine entered an engineering classroom at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec. He demanded all 48 men in the class leave the room, lined up all 9 women against a wall, and, shouting “You are all a bunch of [expletive] feminists!”, proceeded to shoot them. He went…

Blogger guilt

Folks, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s like I don’t even remember how to blog anymore. I think I’ve posted 2 real posts in 2 months. I have ideas stacked up in my head for posts – a post from FIE 2009, a post from SWE including the cool “Father Knows Best” episode…

I had a realization over the weekend, as I contemplated the enormity of the amount of work I had to do, and the scant allowance of time in which to do it. I have suddenly realized why (at least junior) faculty can be so horrible to their graduate students and post-doctoral staff. It comes down…

Guilt versus intentionality

Hi, I’m Alice. It’s been 11 days since I last blogged. Things have been busy over the last couple of weeks – even more than usual. I started listing out the stuff I’ve been doing, but rather than making me feel like I had gotten a lot done, it was just making me tired, so…

Foraging on campus

A few weeks ago, a post-doc and I were walking past the Physics building on campus when we saw some beautiful yellow fungi coming out of a tree. Little did I know that, later that week, I would actually *eat* those fungi. And I haven’t died yet.

Alice’s ADVANCEing into the fall

While it is hard to go back to the daily slog of the semester after having a more freewheeling summer, I do like the fact that you can set all kinds of new academic patterns. Like an Academic New Year, as my friend Julie put it. One of my academic new year resolutions: get some…

Recovering from an anniversary weekend

Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary. Can I just say? I think living in the same place has been good for us; way better than being 213 miles apart. We had a weekend packed with festivities, including:

Introducing Maggie

We found a new friend at the dog shelter this weekend. I have been “between dogs” since my family’s beloved Psyche (our beagle who was attacked by the cougar) died of lymphoma in 2004. Here’s Psyche on Christmas 2003 (and me with really really long hair): My husband has never had any pets, and I’ve…

Flickr finds

Mmmm…wasn’t a 3-day weekend marvelous? (Except for those of you at institutions which don’t observe Labor Day, or choose to observe it by having ununionized people labor). We did all manner of fun things including canning tomatoes, dropping by a music festival, and weeding. Of course, now it’s back to the grindstone, and my head…