For the love of floral

It is almost Spring in Chicago, and I am ready to wear all of the dresses. I cannot wait to live in a warm place so that I can wear dresses throughout most of the year. Now that I’m older, I am starting to get obsessed with patterns and florals. I’m also a sucker for anything that…

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It’s fall, y’all.

The colors are changing, the leaves are falling, and pretty soon snow will come! Around this time every year (sometimes a bit earlier), the USMC hosts a family day. This year, we went to Eckert’s Farm and my baby fever was going haywire! All of the tiny babies on tiny pumpkins! Granted, the farm was 4.5…

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Work-life balance: Building boundaries in academia

Can you separate your work life from your home life? Is it possible to have a work-life balance, especially as a researcher? From my experience, the answer is yes, but it can get difficult. Undoubtedly, you will go home and think about work. There is no way around it. And you will probably think about your family/home life…

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Do #blacklivesmatter in STEM?

Do STEM fields care about black/brown lives? As scientists, do we talk about racism, sexism, homophobia at all? Or are we invisible, even in academia? I recently wrote about the Pulse shootings in Orlando, FL, and how the attack on the LGBT community tore me apart. I spent a lot of days mourning over the…

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Fourth of July: Weekend Writing

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! I celebrated Independence Day by sleeping in, eating home-made lasagna, and buying some much-needed jeans from American Eagle. I typically get my denim from Target, but I’ve found that the quality of clothes has really deteriorated. I usually love walking into Target and grabbing a cute shirt/dress/pair of jeans as I grocery shop, but…

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Practicing self-care in science

Happy Monday! If you’re like me, you went into work over the weekend, tried to catch up on reading new publications in your field, and were too tired to treat yourself to a much-needed haircut/manicure/nap. Or was that just me? Being in a STEM-related field can get tiresome, and it can also get lonely. For example,…

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Happy 2 year Chitown-versary!

Two years ago, I hopped on a plane and found myself in Chicago. I had no idea how to use public transportation, so I paid $50 to have the taxi drive me up the street to my housing assignment. It also had not settled in that I was going to be sleeping in a new city without…

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Memorial Day Weekend

It is uncommon that both Shey & I have a full weekend off, let alone a 3-day weekend. Don’t get me wrong–I love being at the bench. However, I also love to sleep in and binge-watch The Walking Dead. Not going to lie–I’ve cried at least three times each episode. Something about the zombie apocalypse just…

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