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Dear Circadian Rhythm and Brain, Cut it out, both of you. I don’t know if this is your idea of a sick practical joke or what, Circadian Rhythm, but I really, really, really do not appreciate being jolted wide awake at 4am. The first time it was regrettable, but now that it’s been happening for…

Motivation? What’s that, exactly, again?

I don’t normally ask you, my dear readers, for help, but this time I think I need some. You see, my motivation seems to have taken a loooooong vacation. (I mean, who can blame it, really—it’s February, which is a really sucky month, so why not disappear until it’s over? I hope at least that…

Random bullets, pre-weekend edition

Sometimes, when I look at Toddler Jane*, my heart aches over how beautiful she is, inside and out. Nothing in the parenting books, nor the advice and stories from other parents, can prepare you for what that feels like. Call me crazy, but I really do enjoy advising undergrads. It’s a different kind of problem-solving:…

Well. It certainly was not my intention to go more than a week without blogging, particularly with all that’s been going on around here lately. I’m ok. I’m coping. I’m still micro-managing everything way too much (out of necessity, unfortunately). But on top of that, I’ve just been too damn busy to do much beyond…

I’d really like a do-over on this week. This was probably the least productive, worst week I’ve had in a long, long time. It started with this lovely incident, and went downhill from there. Astute readers may recall that I really couldn’t afford any distractions this week, so the fact that I basically did just…

Long time readers of my old blog may remember that earlier in my career at my institution, I was the recipient of a number of harassing phone calls. And that the resolution of these calls was largely unsatisfying. But it’s been three years since the last one, and so I thought that maybe that was…

I hope I don’t regret this later…

I did something this weekend that, to be honest, I’m not sure I could afford to do: I took the entire weekend off. Now, lest you get the wrong idea, I have a ton of work that I could be doing. But, by some strange act of the universe, none of it is due immediately.…

Things that annoy me

Text messages from numbers I don’t recognize. One of them was creepy enough to put me on edge for the rest of the day. This is especially annoying because I don’t have a text plan, so I end up paying for every one of these messages.* Hey stupidheads, stop texting me already! Having to micromanage…

How often do you change your elevator pitch?

I’ve been in a situation this week where I’ve had to give my elevator pitch about my research quite a few times to quite a few people. Now, I have the standard spiel that I give, with various tweaks depending on how tech-savvy my audience is, that has evolved over time. But as I was…

When grade grubbing becomes stalking?

I am fortunate in that in general, I deal with very few grade-grubbing students. Way back when I was a brand-new assistant professor at my current institution, I dealt with quite a bit of grade-grubbing, along with a host of other let’s-test-this-chick’s-authority shenanigans, from my male students. (It’s always been the male students. I’ve never…