Thursday Thoughts 36.0: May Recap

Yes, you read that title right. I’m recapping my May happenings today because it’s my blog and I can do what I want!

Many apologies for the unintended month(ish) break from blogging. It’s been CRAZY and I don’t imagine that things are going to slow down anytime soon. I do think things *should* be slightly less busy from here on out, so I hope I can get back to blogging semi-regularly.



I read 7 books in May. I can’t believe it–I haven’t read this many in a month in quite some time!  It’s especially surprising considering how busy I was! However, in looking at this list I realized I picked shorter books (~300 pages) after tackling Middlemarch, so maybe it isn’t THAT surprising.

Books read:

1. Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

2. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

3. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

5. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

6. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

7. Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass


Overall May was not too shabby in the fitness department. I didn’t break 100 miles, but I upped my number from April so I’m going to consider that a win. I may not make 1000 miles this year, but I’m of the mind that any miles are better than no miles!



Recipes posted:

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Beef Stew


Fun things I did in May:

1) Attended Wine Riot! (for the fourth time):


2) Attended a Rugby fundraiser for my awesome friend Linda:


3) Celebrated my birthday at Andersonville Brewing:


Two Sarah’s and me!



Thanks so much to everyone who came out! I had a really great birthday!

 4) Went to Dillo Day (the spring outdoor musical festival) and saw OK Go:


It was a warm day, and after OK Go I was really thirsty. The organizers of the event bragged about the “free water” they were offering, but the “free water” was out by the time we got to the festival. So, we stopped in the Beer Garden (which ironically also had the water we so desperately wanted):



Well now that I’ve recapped May, I’ll probably be back next week to recap June. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday Thoughts 5.0

Can it REALLY be Thursday already?!?! This week has gone by so fast!!! Well, the calendar says it’s Thursday, so I’m linking up with Sarah!



This weekend was very busy and just generally awesome. So awesome in fact that I didn’t have time to write a Weekend Update post.

First up on Saturday was the annual Dillo Day BBQ. This year, Beth, who blogs over at Science and Cupcakes, hosted the event. I got kind of a late start in the morning (I have a hard time being motivated to do anything before 10 am on the weekends), but was ready to go by lunchtime. My friends Alex and Kayla picked me up, and we made a stop at Taco Bell. At Tbiz, we bought a Taco Party Pack to commemorate the  Gluttonous Dillo Day Feast of 2011.

Last year, after the last Dillo Day concert the three of us bought and consumed all of the following (I’m somewhat ashamed to admit): 1) A Taco Party Pack, 2) Three Crunch Wraps (one for each of us), 3) A batch of guacamole, and 4) A 12 pack of Wingwalker Amber Ale (because it was on sale at Jewel). So, we decided to honor this event by…buying another Taco Party Pack. It was just as delicious as last year, although we had help eating a few of the tacos this time around.

This year we had plenty of hot sauce!

Other than the tacos, the BBQ was a great time. Beth and Andy had lots of delicious food (and Yuengling), and I got to see some friends I don’t see very often.


I had to leave the Dillo Day festivities early this year (which was kind of sad) for a REALLY awesome reason: The Indianapolis 500. My friend Jason had an extra ticket, which he generously offered to let me use. I’m not a big follower of racing, but I knew this is one of those things you just have to experience at least once. And I was so right. I can’t adequately describe the experience in this paragraph, but plan to devote an entire post to it next week. I’ll leave you with this teaser for now:

Waiting for the race to begin!


As I’ve mentioned several times before, I’ve been trying to get back into running after breaking my foot last year. I’ve been following a “Return to Running” program given to me by my physical therapist, and it’s going pretty well. I’m back to running at 10ish min mile, and can run for 4 minutes with one minute of walking in between. Despite these advances, I only ran one more mile this month than last month due to my busy schedule. Hopefully, after my classes are over next week I’ll have more time to devote to running.


I had mentioned several posts ago that research had not been going well. While I wouldn’t say the past three weeks have been a resounding success, there haven’t been any spectacular failures either. I even managed to send devices to TWO different collaborators for testing. It’s the little things folks…


The end of the quarter is next week. Fuh-reaking finally. After next week, I will *hopefully* be done with classes FOREVER. I’M SO EXCITED!


That’s all for now. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday Thoughts 4.0

Hey everyone! It’s Thursday so I’m linking up with Sarah!



Monday night I went to my first “Dinner with Strangers” event hosted by a graduate student women’s group at my university. These events are a great way to meet a very diverse group of women, and try out new restaurants around the city. I had previously sort of avoided these types of networking events where I don’t know anyone, but I’ve been trying to “expand my horizons” so I chose this event where (in theory) everyone is a stranger. The meal I was invited to attend was held on held Monday night at Siam Paragon. Our group of “strangers” consisted of six women from vastly different field of study, covering everything from materials science to religious studies. We had really nice dinner conversations about the work we do, our thoughts on undergraduates, and the state of the economy with regards to job prospects for Ph.D’s. Overall, I had a really great time and ate some delicious sushi. I will definitely be signing up for more of these events in the future.


Every memorial day weekend, our university holds an outdoor music festival called Dillo Day. It lasts the entire day, and is a great way to start the long weekend. Last year, I had a really great time and I’m sure this year will be no exception. The lineup this year includes Cold War Kids, Reel Big Fish, and Big Boi to name a few. Additionally, my friend Beth over at Science and Cupcakes is having a barbeque during the festivities which is sure to be fun (and super delicious). The only thing I hope is not repeated this year: mud. Last year the fields were SO MUDDY, and my jeans were never the same. The only bright spot is I know which pair I’m wearing this year…


Next week is the last week of classes. Ever. I am so excited about that. Of course, after classes are over the reality that quals are approaching will REALLY set in. November is getting closer every day… :/


I’d like to wish a belated Happy Wedding Anniversary to my parents. As of May 22, these crazy kids have been married for 30 years. Congratulations Mom and Dad! I love you both so much!

Oahu, 2010


That’s all for now. I hope everyone has a great memorial day weekend!