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Another valiant attempt to combine motherhood, teaching prep, and watching the superbowl. Last year I made it to the third quarter before giving up (i.e., Minnow needed my attention for the rest of the evening). Let’s see if this year goes any better.

The rest of the stories

It’s the end of the year, and I’m feeling a bit reflective. (I’m also avoiding a daunting between-semesters to-do list. When will I manage to take a break?) In a recent comment thread, Female Engineering Professor commented: I often find myself wondering about various random threads on these blogs. Just the other day I was…

Bittersweet

The last few weeks have been completely chaotic, over-crowded, and exhausting. On top of the end-of-term crunch, with its usual flurry of grading, review sessions, and exams, I was also trying to finish revisions on a paper, and get some research done in time to make the poster for AGU. The unintended, but entirely predictable…

A Day in the Life: Year 2, Part 3

Where we left our heroine at the end of the last episode, she was on her way to pick Minnow up from daycare. Work day’s over right? Should be smooth sailing from here to midnight. Maybe, maybe not. (Note to Lab Lemming: Don’t worry about the time to type up these posts. They were compiled…

A Day in the Life: Year 2, Part 1

Last September, I chronicled my journey through a fairly typical weekday as a first year assistant professor with an infant. The day started early and never really ended, so it took me three posts to tell the whole story (1, 2, 3). I always intended to revisit the project again, but it’s taken me 14…

From my email box: My name is Annie Fox and I am a graduate student in Social Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Currently, I am conducting a study examining the role of blogging in the lives of Academic mothers. We have identified you as a potential participant because your blog came up in our…

Bringing baby in the field, redux

Hat tip to a reader who pointed me at this recent Chronicle article by two women scientists who tell their stories of bringing their infants along to their field research sites. And pretty hardcore stuff too. Two months in the Yukon studying snow for an assistant professor (Joan Ramage Macdonald), and peat bog research by…

Administrative ettiquette for evening events

Dear Administrators, I understand that Dr. Bigwig in a field related to -ology is coming to campus this week and that we’re all very excited to have him here. I’m glad that we are throwing a reception before his lecture. Free food is good. I even support the decision to move Dr. Bigwig’s provcatively titled…

No such thing as sacred space

Are reading the cheeky and well-illustrated Dr. Isis? If so, you’ll already know that she’s well on her way to meeting her goal of being a domestic and laboratoy goddess. But I had to laugh when I caught with one of her recent entries. In the post she decries the claiming on her sacred adults-only…

Daycare versus tenure versus financial ruin

Money is on my mind a lot this semester. First, there’s the grant writing marathon. And then there’s the personal budgetary shortfall. Without a second income, we run a several hundred dollar per month shortfall. I’ve trimmed the fat from the budget and we’re eating through the small amount of savings we had squirreled away.…