I had a little scare today.
The university is mostly shut down this week, so I am working from home with no immediate deadlines, no grant applications due, no family-visit pressure. It's the most laid-back holiday season I've had in several... Read more
Here's my honest, embarrassing, but necessary confession: I have gained a good deal of weight in the last six months. Probably about half of the 70 pounds I originally lost with the help of Sparkpeople - frankly, I'm not quite ready to look at t... Read more
Thanks to posting my goal to walk this morning, I forced myself to do it, even though I got to sleep too late, was awakened in the night by a huge thunderstorm, and then hit the snooze button twice this morning. I walked 20 minutes, showered, fi... Read more
I just read the DailySpark blog entry today that reported that the target heart rates women have been told for years are probably too high. Here are my numbers:
Standard calculation (220 - age):
- max heart rate: 179
- target heart ra... Read more
I've been AWOL the last week, but for a very good reason. As of yesterday morning, my dissertation is DONE and sent to my Ph.D. committee.
OK, "done" is a relative term. I still have to defend it on March 24th, make whatever changes my com... Read more
Going from December 31st, 2009 to January 1st, 2010 isn't any different in most senses than going from any other Thursday to any other Friday. Sure, you stay up to watch the ball drop and have a sip of champagne; you make some promises to yourse... Read more
The meeting with the deans on Thursday went just fine. They waggled their fingers at me a little bit and told me they wanted me to do all the right things to graduate on time in the spring. But they were ready to grant my extension and offered t... Read more
This is a challenging month for me, to understate the situation dramatically. No time to celebrate accomplishments because there is so much more to do. I ran my first 4-mile race on 12/6, and basked in that for about 24 hours, but the constant b... Read more