"Do good work well." I've tried everything to organize my life, work, and productivity. I've kept planners that organized every little detail of my life right down to the minute. I've kept huge calendars planned with colored pens and highlighters. I've written copious amounts of "Master To-Do Lists" that I systematically broke down into "easily… Continue reading Planning Like a Boss
Sometimes a person goes out into the wilderness in search of their "true self," or some other answer to a philosophical question prompted by a complete breakdown, existential crisis, or some other disorder or destruction of one's perceived world or self. Sometimes that person is drastically changed by the experience and ends up in a… Continue reading One Crazy Walk-About
I have to admit, getting dressed here in Texas -- especially during the summer -- has been a challenge for me. It's hot and humid ... and no, I don't mean "hot." I mean TEXAS HOT. Yes, yes, folks warned me and I argued that it's also hot and humid in NYC. And it is… Continue reading What’s This? An Outfit Post?!?
Hello, my lovely readers! Hello! It's been months since I last blogged and I'm sure many of you thought that I probably wouldn't ever blog again. I have to admit, I wasn't sure if I wanted to blog anymore ... for a number of reasons. For the past year I've been struggling to keep up… Continue reading Where Is the Curious Professor Z?
I have exactly eight more classes to teach, a pile of essays to grade, and thirteen final exams to grade before the spring semester -- and my first year as a full-time professor -- ends. I've learned a lot about myself and my working methods this year. I learned that I have a really hard time… Continue reading Three More Weeks
"Let me know what I can do to help you." My department head has asked me this at least three times in the last few months. He knows that I'm struggling with balancing my teaching load, research and writing, LIVE Lab duties, academic and community service, and personal life. (Do I have a personal life?) When… Continue reading Truth or Dare, Academic Edition: Writing
I'm a tall woman whose thighs and tush are rather "thick," and that means finding leggings that fit is nearly impossible. I've tried all sorts of leggings, from sportswear specifically designed for "large women" to fashion leggings from places like Lane Bryant, only to be disappointed by the style, quality, and fit. Leggings for "tall"… Continue reading Leggings that Fit … For Real
Texas has many beautiful and amazing natural sights; however, the most extraordinary -- in my humble opinion -- are the sunsets. The Texas sky is huge, vast, and rolling. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles; and the clouds look like big, puffy bunny butts hopping across the sky. But at… Continue reading Sky on Fire
Hello, my lovely readers! HELLO! Holy smokes! Has it really been almost a month since my last post? Sheeze, so much for "I plan on posting a lot more in the near future." HA! It has been one of the busiest and most glorious and exciting times of my life, that's for sure. It's not that… Continue reading My Crazy, Wonderful Life
As you can imagine, January was a crazy, exciting, frustrating, and challenging month for me. Not only have I been getting used to living in a new state that is politically and culturally different than New York, but I've also been getting used to being a full-time faculty member. Sure, I was an adjunct for the… Continue reading How You Doin’?