Climbing to the Middle

A detour to the hospital

A detour to the hospital

So, happy news: I got a new job!!!! Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash More responsibility, more pay, and more vacation time than my last job. And the Dude got a job offer. Between the two salaries, we will be doing better than ever. But first…. The Dude came down […]

The summer is getting away!!

The summer is getting away!!

It is now mid-July!! I have had some things conspire against me that have prevented me from having the fun and carefree summer I want. Image The post-dissertation slump is real. I definitely spent some time on the couch doing nothing. Not like this. Image After my defense, I transitioned […]

Decluttering the modified Kon Mari way

Decluttering the modified Kon Mari way

Decluttering Although there are some sad things in my life, I am working on the things under my control. 1 of those things is the organization in my house. I have been reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Art of Discarding. Although I haven’t finished them, […]

RIP, Beloved Friend

RIP, Beloved Friend

My little dog passed away on Sunday. At 17, she had a good and full life, ruling the roost from her tiny throne. I have been surprised at how deep my grief is. She was my constant companion when I was home. She was small and not allowed on the […]

In which I am reminded…

In which I am reminded…

why I am so cautious and cynical about economic stability. Because it can slip through my hands. The Dude has not found full time, permanent work in his field. We were doing okay. Not great, not “putting mad amounts of money towards debt and working on building a cushion.” Not […]

Intentionality

Intentionality

When I type “Intentionality” into the search bar in Unsplash, I get lots of photos of mountains and camping (I will use them throughout this post, so you can see what I mean). Photo by Aaron Benson on Unsplash I thought I would find a lot more pictures of yoga […]

My first post-doc summer plans

My first post-doc summer plans

I now have to remember how to have down time. After so many years of Dissertation hanging over my head, it is difficult to untether myself from my house and my computer. Muscle memory is strong. These are some things I am going to try to do this summer: 1. […]

Grad school-good for the brain, bad for the heart

Grad school-good for the brain, bad for the heart

If you haven’t heard, graduate school is hard on relationships. Graduate students have higher risk of mental health issues than the general population, have work that never turns off, and often feel scrutinized. As women become more educated than their male partners, tensions rise in heterosexual relationships. Graduate students have […]

Happiness is a red couch

Happiness is a red couch

Blogger’s update: with a new blogging platform, Luigi will now be referred to as Ci. I am trying to learn to be a former student. It is a harder transition than I expected. It has been almost 2 months since I defended and the reality is slowly sinking in: I […]

Time for the reckoning

Time for the reckoning

I HAVE DEFENDED!! DOCTOR!!   I have been very fortunate to have secured a good paying government job before graduation. So, happy ending, right? Well, not exactly. All of this schoolin’ has cost my family dearly. School comes with a great opportunity cost. I finished undergraduate in 2010 and could […]