Hello all! Just a brief post to let you know I’ve decided to stay on and pursue my PhD in geochemistry at the University of Michigan. Let the science begin!


Alive and relatively well

I haven’t posted on here in ages, mostly because I haven’t been running much – primarily due to heath reasons which, frustratingly, are still partially unresolved. But I can at least run again, even though I’m still pretty out of shape. The farthest I’ve run is about seven, which is still good. And one unforeseen upside of this long, long, long break from running is that I have all my motivation for it back! I had gone through a period a while ago, I don’t even know when at this point, but I was questioning whether I actually liked running or was just pushing myself to keep running because it had defined me so much at various points in my life. But now I’m so happy to run anything at all again, and pretty much pain free (unless my chest freaks out and fakes a heart attack, but whatever), and my life is nicely balanced right now. It’s actually been a very nice transition back into running.

The downside of the health stuff: I have serious trepidation about going back to climbing and lifting because of all the joint pain and random, assorted inflammation I have going on. I still can’t do pushups or get strong hugs without my chest hurting. I threw a tennis ball a the dog park last week or so and my chest literally hurt for three days… so yeah, I’m thinking lifting heavy things is a bad idea. But doing some light freeweight work has been okay, so I’ll just stick to that.

Non-running things: applying to grad schools, finishing up a couple quantitative calc and chem classes to boost my background, and working in a geology lab. It’s busy but pretty great. And now I live with a corgi and a best friend PLUS my cats, and I built a table, so life is generally pretty great.

It’s late. I’ll do a photo review of the last couple months soon: I went on two geology field trips plus field camp out in Jackson Hole, so I have some Really Neat Rocks To Show People.

– bec

21 with no 100 to show for it

My 21st birthday slipped by amidst a whirl of classes, exams, holiday festivities, and friends visiting. The thought of my original goal – 100 before 21 – didn’t even occur to me until just now, three weeks after my birthday. Now, this is largely due to the fact that (a) I’ve been busy and very distracted from blogging pursuits (as you may have noticed), and (b) I haven’t really been able to run for almost a year now (GASP)(groan), so I’ve known for a while that I wouldn’t get this goal. I’m just used to not running now, which is tragic. But I’m going to try another test run in the next few weeks – once DeathSnowPocalypseBlizzard 2014 has passed – and I’m assuming/hoping that I’ll be good to go again once spring comes around.

So I’m not beating myself up about not getting 100 before 21. It was a goal I set entirely by myself, for myself, and breaking it doesn’t affect anyone but me. No pressure, no problem. I’ll get there eventually.

Keep warm, everyone! And happy 2014!

100before21 + Michiblogs

Fairly recently, University of Michigan student started a site – aptly named michiblogs – that is a compilation of various blogs of different genres, all run by Michigan students. I’m pleased to announce that my little 100before21 is now part of their blogroll.

Definitely go check them out, it’s a cool little idea to help bring together such a large campus in a social-media-way, since such a large part of our culture today is based online.

peace love and blogging!