Higher Ed–Lower Income

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 […]

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 […]

Figuring it out. With bonus brunch recipe

Figuring it out. With bonus brunch recipe

I am one week into my new routine. I am working on these goals: stronger willpower, more family closeness, and more productivity. Stronger willpower. I had some ridiculous successes in this one! I went to bed early every night. I got up before 6 am. I was sick on Friday […]

Easing into it

Easing into it

I didn’t get up at 5, but I was out of bed by 6:04 am, which is really impressive for me. Especially impressive when you realize it is still dark at 8 am. 🙁 There wasn’t even a sunrise, just clouds. I will give myself one here: Image I am […]

Whack a mole

Whack a mole

We are at the whack a mole part of the new paradigm. I spent much time cleaning the kitchen, but haven’t gotten everyone on board yet, so while I am doing something else, they mess the kitchen and don’t clean after themselves. I spent time organizing the living room, meanwhile […]

2014 Year in Review- 2015 Year in Anticipation

2014 Year in Review- 2015 Year in Anticipation

2014 was not a great year for me. It wasn’t a bad year, but neither was it triumphant. There were no major educational milestones hit, there was an unexpected move, there was an admission of failure on the homeschooling front, there was a desperate need for more friends and socializing, […]

Meal Planning on the Fly

Meal Planning on the Fly

It is a bit messy, but here is the fireplace viw   This was all black and rather homely. Now it is cheerful   Our $10 facelift for the window   They light up   I painted the candlesticks aqua and black. I went through so many cans of aqua […]

Living life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest

I have reached the point where I want to stop putting things on hold. There is a consistent thrum in our lives, waiting for the next move, the next goal, the next job. If all goes as planned, I will have my degree in two years, and that may very […]

We’ll always have laundry!

We’ll always have laundry!

We are packing and getting ready to move, and everyone gets into the act. However, I am trying to get pictures of projects before I pack them up. Today I want to show off my laundry. First I must apologize for the quality of the pics. I am not good […]

A most unsettled week

A most unsettled week

My week was supposed to go like this: Finish my syllabus, get some lessons planned, take lots of walks, go on a hike, tidy the house, do some painting. No. It hasn’t gone like that at all. Instead: The city is installing a sewer line on our street, which means […]