A Fall to Remember

September had two major events for me and my family. First, I defended my PhD dissertation the second week of September. This is huge! I started my PhD at the University of New Mexico, where I study geology, in 2010. I took a year off following the birth of my first daughter (2012-2013), but otherwise, …

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Confidence is Contagious

A few weeks ago, I stepped off the trail in the dark one morning as a dog came barreling down out of nowhere.  I jumped away from the dog into the arroyo I was running next to, landed hard, and felt my hamstring take all my weight. Luckily, the owner was not far away, but …

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Home alone – with a toddler

This week, my husband is on travel and I am home along with our daughter.  This presents both a challenge and the opportunity for great fun, as this week will be the longest time we've been apart since the babe was born. On the fun side of things, we’ve eaten our - ok, my - …

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New Year Philosophies

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, goals & resolutions are a hot topic as each year begins.  As I reflect on 2013, I know I spent the year “getting back” into many things, including running and academia.  The year was pretty hectic for me, and culminated in an emotional whirlwind of a holiday season during which …

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Nerves are nerves

I am recently returned from the Geological Society of America annual meeting, in Denver, CO.  This is a meeting where tens of thousands of geologists from the globe converge and nerd out for a week, catching up on the latest in geologic research while attending talks, poster sessions, short courses, networking and catching up with …

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