What's it like living in the Arizona desert? Well, the first thing is the heat. Saying it's hot is a bit like saying Bill Gates has money. True, but not nearly descriptive enough. The cliché is that it's a dry heat. Yeah. So dry that water gets sucked out of the ground, leaving dissolved minerals known as caliche, an impenetrable layer, behind. And so hot it's like living on the surface of the sun. The first time I came to Phoenix was for a baseball game and it was 118°. Another time I burned … [Read more...] about Swollen Summer
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