Hola, mi amigos! I hope this fine day is treating you well. I wanted to pop in here to share a few tidbits with you, just for fun. I’m having a good, if slightly unusual week, but unusual can be very interesting.
* Remember when I said that I wanted to submit an essay to The Chronicle of Higher Education about science postdocs, funding, and teaching? Well, this week I did it! My little essay was submitted on Tuesday, and I’m pretty excited because it’s only the second time I’ve submitted a science writing piece outside of research manuscripts and grant applications. I love The Chronicle, and it would be so exciting to be published in it.
* I love, love, LOVED this piece about writing, or any other pursuit of greatness: “Bad Brain Days” by Rachel Toor. Read it ASAP, especially if you are a writer. And congratulate yourself for all your hard work on whatever it is you do.
* I’ve spent the last two evenings drinking wine with handsome men. And it was really delicious wine, too. I’m thinking of Shiraz in a whole new way now.
* I made Chrissy’s Starving Artist Red Lentil Dahl, and it was delicious. I ate my dahl over rice and topped it with feta cheese. Other nice topping options might be a cucumber raita or a squeeze of lemon. Yum.
* I can’t stop thinking about Gretchen Rubin’s First Splendid Truth. “To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.” I think this statement is deeply profound, and I’d like to spend some time here exploring what it means to me. That last bit, “in an atmosphere of growth,” may explain a lot about my experience as a postdoc, which has been difficult yet wonderful in surprising ways.