“Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?” My trip to Austin in bullet points.

I just* got home from a 3-day trip to Austin, Texas to attend and present at an academic conference. This was my first time in Texas. This was my first time attending and presenting at an academic conference. This was also my first real solo trip, i.e. not visiting family or a friend. I had… Continue reading “Can we say that shoes from Texas are dumb?” My trip to Austin in bullet points.

Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

One of the things I have learned in organizing public programs is that you have to be willing to let go of your reasons for starting the project. When I discovered there was some push back against one of my core reasons for starting this particular project, I was reminded of the lesson I learned… Continue reading Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

Recreating the past

It's a nice feeling you have when something you were so worried about ended up turning out just fine. But the opposite is also true. Except the resulting feeling can sometimes last forever, if you let it. When things you had put a lot of hope in ended up not going the way you wanted… Continue reading Recreating the past

Running with the Cows (in my head… for now)

Tomorrow, I will be running my second official 5K of the year. I wasn't planning on doing another race until September (with Ramadan and then summer coming up). But when I saw that there is a race called "Running with the Cows" (unfortunately in Kansas City, where I do not live, but where Mr. Rafia… Continue reading Running with the Cows (in my head… for now)

30 in 10!

Usually when you see a title with a bunch of numbers like that, it's for one of those weight loss gimmicks. LOSE 30 POUNDS IN 10 DAYS! NO DIETING OR EXERCISE REQUIRED! JUST SIT ON YOUR BUTT ALL DAY AND EAT CHEETOS. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUT HOW! You know the ones I'm… Continue reading 30 in 10!