Hello loves! I defend my dissertation April 24th! I need to have it to my committee two weeks in advance so that’s April 10th! I haven’t had a whole lot of time for reading (I mean some since otherwise I can’t handle life, but not as much). As soon as I’m done though I’m taking May off of work, yey! So the blog is on hiatus until then, wish me luck!
Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading and my posts from the week.
Whew, uh hi! So obviously my life was not as back to normal as I thought the last time I wrote one of these…. Eh, it’s part of my new ‘hobbies should be fun’ philosophy, so when I’m busy all weekend, I don’t sweat writing an updates post! So let’s see, I defend my dissertation April 24th, i.e. find out if I pass my PhD (unlikely to fail, but if I didn’t show up it would be bad). Then I have graduation May 5th. Then I fix all the final things in my dissertation before turning it into the university, find out formatting errors, fix again, rinse and repeat! Hopefully it doesn’t take too many tries ;-).
I’m very much in crunch time for the dissertation. Things are good, but I need to actually write up a lot of sections that I have just heavily outlined. Also I was getting some really weird results and then a new theory paper came out directly predicting my results, so that’s cool!
But I’ve been reading of course because I would get really depressed otherwise, woot! Here is what I’m currently reading, not everything I’ve read since the last update since that would be way too much haha.
I started the audiobook of Tropic of Serpents and I’m soooooo in love! I will need to go page through my physical copy to see the sketches that I’m missing, but the narrator is so amazing for this series that I have no regrets. DRAGONS!!!! Like seriously I want to grow up to be Isabella…. Still time right? More seriously though, this book, despite being fantastical science, has been a great inspiration to dive back into my actual science after a hard day. Isabella’s love of dragons reminds me how much I also love the natural world and want to uncover its secrets :).
I have been meaning to read Kim Harrison for a long time and so this new release seemed a good time to try. It’s a prequel to another series and therefore I’m a bit worried that it isn’t actually a good start. There is a lot being thrown at me early on that I assume are just reminders for readers of the main series, but I’m all right so far. Mostly I’m just pumped because the heroine is a scientist :D. Magic/supernatural + geneticist is pretty awesome in my opinion.
I get obsessive about things from time to time (okay I pretty much always have an obsession but it might not be as noticeable as another month’s). A few weeks ago it was sourdough (I have my starter all raised up and have been making weekly bread instead of buying it, which I’ll continue!). Now it is dogs. Since we are finally nearing the point where we will own our own house, I can finally start thinking about getting a dog! Husband, however, has only agreed if it is a low/non-shedding dog and also not a puppy (he’s never had a dog, I want to ease him into it!). Therefore, I’m actually obsessed with ‘designer’ poodle mixes. We don’t want a poodle (he’s prejudice), but the mixes are sooooooo perfect. So if you know of an adult (4 years would be ideal) poodle mix that needs a home near Iowa, let me know!
Oh right, I’m reading Gone with the Witch because it’s about a pet show :D. And in fact that little dog on the cover is a poodle mix. So yeah, it makes me happy and channels my obsession a bit.