The Early Bird Gets The Worm (and gets a bunch of other stuff done too.)

    I am an early riser. I always have been, my Mother was too, she grew up on a farm and I like to think it is in the genes. Even as a undergrad student, working until 3 am in a bar, I still woke up at 9 am (early for a barmaid andContinue reading “The Early Bird Gets The Worm (and gets a bunch of other stuff done too.)”

How (not) to write a PhD and keep/lose your sanity…

When I am feeling my most discouraged and whipped by this PhD I tend to start listing mentally, everything that has happened in my life over the past 2.5 years that have made it impossible for me to “properly” get this thing done. Pathetic, I know- but somehow I think it is kind of aContinue reading “How (not) to write a PhD and keep/lose your sanity…”

Adrenaline junkie…who me?

Several years ago a colleague in academia commented to me that procrastinators are adrenaline junkies, and I think about that idea every single freakin’ time I am writing or working on something, especially if it has a deadline.  It can be a paper, an article, rehearsing a show, marking student assignments, pizza lunch forms forContinue reading “Adrenaline junkie…who me?”

Cha-Cha-Cha

There was one of those Facebook posts going around not too long ago that said something like this; “Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.” (I later found out the quote is attributed to author Robert Brault) And at the timeContinue reading “Cha-Cha-Cha”

Build Me Up Break Me Down

I’ve realized I spend an awful lot of my time trying to form habits… the good ones, the productive and creative ones. Whether it is with my running, my health, finances, or my academics, I would say I am a bit obsessed with habits, and rituals. In my first year of my PhD I readContinue reading “Build Me Up Break Me Down”

Homesickness…Nostalgia…

One of the hardest things about doing this PhD and all the travelling that comes with it, is the constant transitions. I would say jet lag plays a huge part but even more than that is getting used to the two hugely different “lifestyles” that I have to step into as I jet back andContinue reading “Homesickness…Nostalgia…”

I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes…

I’m not sure why I feel compelled to start writing here again. Well, I know where the “impulse” came from… M.I.A’s Paper Planes. On my run today, it came on- blasting through my headphones. Yes, headphones. I used to be a purist and NEVER run with music, but now I need all the help IContinue reading “I Fly Like Paper, Get High Like Planes…”

They tried to make me go to Rehab…

I’m not running. It just would be silly- I want to be running when I’m 80- so I have to get a handle on this injury now. So no marathon, no 1/2 not even an 8K- I am lying low. I tried Moksha yoga this week and loved it. I would say it was myContinue reading “They tried to make me go to Rehab…”