Another Year Over…

And a new one just begun. Despite not being Christmas, and despite no war being over, I have officially survived another year. Now that I’m safely back in the South–where I feel more than anywhere else a true sense of belonging–I’m getting all warm/fuzzy reflective. And of course, my year goes from June to May … More Another Year Over…

On Food (Service)

Three instances at two restaurant/bars have disturbed me this week. Only two did I “experience” first-hand, but I will try to give all three equal space: This one I heard about through Facebook. Another scientist in my field/colleague, who is American but whose family is Japanese, was at a fusion/chain Chinese restaurant in a U.S. … More On Food (Service)

Meat sauce

My father is amazing. First, I know he is extremely proud of me. Anyone who meets both of us comments on this. Case in point: because he had another affiliation, my thesis adviser flew in just for my defense. After I passed, my parents treated me and my committee to a dinner at the nicest … More Meat sauce

Hear Me Roar…

It’s International Women’s Day. And apparently I’m supposed to celebrate. Wait for it.   My mother said the most freeing thing about turning 50 was that she felt she could finally say whatever the hell she wanted. Prior to that, she always felt the need to “respect her elders” (which in practice always seems to … More Hear Me Roar…

Chai Coffee Cake

I love the idea of coffee cake, and frequently when I’m at a coffee shop (even a “chain” place like Starbucks) I’ll get a slice. While I continue to do it, it’s always a mildly frustrating experience. Physically, they’re usually not-so-elegant to eat because they’re usually so crumbly. But the bigger problem I have is … More Chai Coffee Cake

Dirty Laundry

This is a bizarre one for most people, I’m sure. But I’d really love to see this happen by 2027: Get my own laundry accommodations. I had in-unit laundry in both Athens and the BRCM. This only became a “thing” once I moved to Chicago and Pittsburgh. Big cities…big (laundry) problems. In the grand scheme … More Dirty Laundry