Note: Names & other identifying details in this and any future work-related posts have been changed. Yesterday was my first day of work at my new job. Since My Better Half had gotten into graduate school, I’d been worried about finding work in my field, but was fortunate enough to stumble into a museum job at a small local history museum. I was worried about running late, but I had plenty of time. When I got there, I waited for what had to be at least 10 minutes waiting for the Boss to … [Read more...] about Nice to Meet You Too?
Since moving here, I have been completely baffled by all of the tanning salons everywhere. We get more than 300 sunny days a year. Why do you need a tanning salon? It doesn't make any sense. On second thought, I think that I'll open up a chain of tanning salons. They'll just be a facade. You'll walk through a door, and it will just be a roofless enclosure. … [Read more...] about Please to Explain, PHX
As the bag boy at the grocery store handed me my groceries, he said “Have a nice night, ma’am.” Ma'am?! When did I go from being a “miss” to a “ma’am”?! This is not good. Adding sunscreen to my daily routine from now on. … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Aging
I get this a lot. Why isn’t my dissertation done already? What is taking so long? Mostly I get this from people who have Ph.D.'s already. I'm wondering if the process of writing a dissertation is a lot like giving birth: you forget about the pain and selectively remember only the end result? Or are these folks from disciplines that require less of their Ph.D. students? Or am I making this harder than it needs to be? (Or, just as likely, are they passing judgment from their mighty … [Read more...] about Putting the “Pro” in Procrastination
1. What’s wrong with you? Lots. Mostly, I’m an anxious person. I worry that I worry too much. Next question? 2. What's the story behind the title "Funky-Ass Monkey"? Good question. I barely remember, it seems like forever ago. Aka 2006. Here's my best explanation: the URL was available. But seriously - I used to call drivers who tailgate "ass monkeys" and My Better Half™ wisely suggested that I add "Funky" to my favorite of my many foul-mouthed sayings, rather than just title my blog "ass … [Read more...] about FAQ