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skookumchick revealed

One of the things I thought about on our road trip was the role that blogging plays in my life. In case it hasn’t been totally obvious, I have not had much of a blogging groove over the summer, despite the appearance of more time. I realized that I need to actually build in blogging…

Alice is heading offline

Folks, I know my blogging has been near non-existent recently. I’ve just come back from yet another workshop (this time on engineering and identity – v. cool) and tomorrow we head out on vacation. We’re camping across the country, then spending some time with my folks in Canada, then camping back. I suspect the intertubes…

Need help in overcoming my inner guilt

There is irony in doing research on women engineering faculty members, and being a woman faculty member in engineering. One side of my brain tells me that the research says women (and men) who self-sacrifice for their students and colleagues burn themselves out, and instead should figure out how to say no more often; the…

RBOC, copy&paste edition

Okay, so I finally updated our family blog with what has been going on behind the scenes here at Chez Nous, and I will share some of it with you, through the power of copy and paste and with only a modicum of overlap. Voila, I present to you my last two weeks (only some…

Uncurling slightly, slowly

Okay. As mentioned, I’ve been smacked down. I think I’m so deeply tired that it is going to take weeks to recover. I have to have some tough conversations with people over the next few days, not the least of which with my students, and I lack the energy to do so. But I also…

Quick update from RL: ScienceWoman is dealing with some intense stuff in the real world, and while she may or may not blog about it, might benefit from some shout-outs of encouragement from any readers so inclined. Go ahead, I’ll wait… [good vibes being sent to SW ...... NOW!] I have 3 posts in my…

I’ve noticed that a certain grimness has entered my colleagues’ and my attitude over the last week or so. It’s a “there is only (X) days/weeks left, we just have to finish” attitude, similar to what I anticipate marathon runners experience around about 24 miles or so. A just keep going, don’t break down now,…

3 years

It was 3 years ago today that I started blogging. I started with a pseudonymous blog, at the edge of the internet, as a lonely graduate student, trying to navigate my dissertation, a long-distance relationship, and unsure future career prospects. My blog, with my pseudonym, is still out there because the prospect of cutting it…

It’s maybe hard for some of us to believe, but it has been 2 years since the Virginia Tech massacre. Day of Remembrance activities in Blacksburg include a candlelight vigil, a memorial run, and an open house in the renovated Norris Hall. It’s amazing for me to think about how we are two years on…

ScienceWoman has shared some thoughts with us about how her spring semester has gone; I’m still in the throes and can’t reflect yet. Student end-of-semester projects, a journal paper to submit, a conference paper to submit, reviews for a conference to conduct, a dissertation to read to prepare for a defense, and two proposal defenses…