Summer! Cough Cough

Almost immediately after turning in my last seminar paper of the semester I got sick. I feel like I have a combination of a cold and a battery malfunction. So, I am very excited about some blogging ideas and my own research, but I’m slow getting started because I’ve mostly been in bed watching old … Continue reading

End of the Semester Truth

For me, grad school is just a big roller-coaster. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing great work and sometimes I feel like my head is full of mud. I think that means I’m learning. I hope so. After I’m done with my term papers and grading, I’ll update on how conferences went, summer research, and … Continue reading

Gender Matters: Girl Up and Inclusive Feminism

Today I am headed to the Gender Matters Conference at DePaul University in Chicago. I am super excited, because this conference looks fantastic. Highlights include a keynote by J. Jack Halberstam about Gaga Feminism (see explanation of Gaga Feminism), there’s also going to be a one-woman comedy, “Booby Trap,” about surviving breast cancer, and a … Continue reading

It’s that time of semester!

So much reading and writing to do in so little time. Four and a half weeks of the semester left and I have two conferences in that time too. But some more light-hearted posts will return to Ph.D.s and Pigtails this weekend and then when the semester breaks, lots and lots of book reviews and … Continue reading

Things Are Happening! (And so many books)

It’s been a busy, crazy week, but many good things have happened. In the realm of popular culture, there’s going to be a Veronica Mars movie and a Clarissa Explains It All novel called Things I Can’t Explain. Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows as an adult and Clarissa was one of my … Continue reading

Overcaffeinated Early Semester Ramblings

Hi there. It has been a while. Things got kind of crazy at the beginning of the semester. Between portfolio reviews both for the department and the honors program, starting the semester, writing proposals, and celebrating my 26th birthday, I’ve been super busy. I have plenty of notes of things to write about and plan … Continue reading

A Running / Reading Challenge

I have a handful of New Year’s Resolutions this year. More water, less wine, more yoga, smarter use of my time, the usual. My significant other, Julio, has a New Year’s goal of training for a couple of races, which will facilitate the last of my goals as his running will cut into our marathon … Continue reading

Term Papers! Swiper No Swiping

So, it’s that time of year when I disappear into a giant stack of books and journal articles. I had to buy a new bookcase because I got tired of hurting my toes and shins on milk crates and stacks.  Currently I am writing one term paper on the portrayal of girlhood on the border … Continue reading

Fall Semester is a Go

For the first time in years I was ready to go back to school. I found myself pacing my  home office making stacks of books, ready to just get back into the routine. Each month of the summer felt like it’s own summer. I’m excited about the prospects of a new school year. Here’s the … Continue reading