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I’ve been spending the past week or two trying to get my groove on with respect to work. I scared myself quite badly with how overwhelmed I got at the end of last semester, and how quickly. I vowed to myself not to let myself get sucked into such unhealthy patterns, and then beat myself…

My revolution looks like this…

There’s quite the discussion going on over at Dr. Isis’s house about different approaches to feminism and how the actions and choices of mothers and others do or do not conform to particular feminist philosophies. I made a comment early this morning that perhaps wasn’t clear enough about where I thought the current US societal…

It’s December 23rd, grades are in, my daughter is in daycare, Christmas shopping still needs to be done, and I’m working on a review for a journal. What’s wrong with me? Shouldn’t I be enjoying the break between semesters? Why do I feel like the “break” is really code for “time to get caught up…

Finding time for balance?

Both SW and I are trying to make/find/take back extra time outside of our jobs to support “the rest of life,” with SW trying to support both Minnow and Spouse as well as herself. (Has anyone else noticed that, when women academics talk about balance, they tend to mean “work and the rest of life,”…

The Trouble Maker Mom

So I attended a pedagogy workshop this week and I brought Minnow along. For those not keeping track, she’s now almost 18 months old and still going strong with the nursing (>= 2 x/day, >=2x/night). When I signed up for the workshop, I’d intended her to stay with my mom in Midwest, but in the…

Working without a net

Katie @ Minor Revisions has decided to take the good job close to her family, rather than the dreamy job many states away. She sounds a little sad about the decision, but I am rejoicing for her. The lack of a support network in Mystery State is one of the things that has and will…

Ask Sciencewoman: Part-time post-docs

Dear Sciencewoman, I’m currently in the last 6 months of my PhD, and I have an 8 month old. I love research, but I want more time with my child, and I am curious if there is such a thing as a part time post doc. How did you get that kind of position? Did…

ScienceWoman mused about the completion of her first year here, and I had hoped I would develop similar observations and reflections while on Isle Royale. Truth be told, rather than taking the hiking time to think, uninterrupted, about the last year, I did anything but. Think, that is. Instead, I turned the intellectual brain off,…

So I meant to have a nice post today addressing Ecogeofemme’s challenge of describing how we write papers/proposals, but I haven’t actually managed to do any writing today like I was supposed to. Instead, I am going to point out the at times thoughtful, at times heated discussion going on around the blogosphere about whether…

Making a clean getaway

I’m taking a vacation next week. For real. Miles from anywhere. We’re headed to the isolated Isle Royale National Park, which is the island in Lake Superior that is the eye of the wolf, as it were. We take a boat there Monday, and come back on the next boat, which runs on Friday. Guess…