Monthly Archives: July 2009

“You’re always at work now, mommy!”

…my son said this morning while I was frantically rushing around to get dressed, pack my lunch, throw the laptop in my bag and grab my charged mobile phone, and run out of the door to catch the bus at … Continue reading

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I couldn’t help noticing

So this is the end of my first full week in my new job at the European XFEL. Commuting every morning from lovely small-town Lueneburg, I am adjusting – rushing to get the connection, jockeying for that key position at … Continue reading

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When you believe in things that you don’t understand…

How about goutweed: Aegopodium podagraria Goutweed, or Ground elder (which, tellingly, made it to number two on Brian Derby’s most hated list in Cath’s weed post) must be the most hated plant of gardeners here in Germany – it certainly … Continue reading

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Wait – fire up the neurons first!

Hold on a minute with that laser! This new job comes with an incredible amount of information that needs to be absorbed/internalized/processed: 14 countries are involved, plus the German Electron Synchrotron DESY. To complicate things, the contributions by the different … Continue reading

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