Category Archives: food glorious food

A proposal for an improved curriculum vitae format

Let’s face it, the tired old standards of education, employment history, and achievements in each role really just aren’t that helpful during the hiring process. Sure, they’re necessary data points, but they’re by no means sufficient. You and your team … Continue reading

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Retreat to the library

(I’ve been back from Puerto Rico for a couple of weeks now, but for some reason I’d got it into my head that I had to write a “What I Did On My Vacation” post before I could write anything … Continue reading

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New job update

Well, that was a crazy few weeks! If anyone out there is thinking of starting a new job while their parents are visiting them, my primary advice would be DON’T DO IT. They will treat your first day at work … Continue reading

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RBO “GAAH! There’s no TIME!”

One day when I was about 10 or 11, my Mum came home from the supermarket with, among other items, two big bottles of Schweppes Tonic Water. When I saw her putting them in a cupboard I said, “ooh, is … Continue reading

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Whaddya mean “that’s not normal?!”

North Yorkshire, circa 1987. A classroom full of nine- and ten-year-olds. An assignment to write a story that involved food. A girl (not the blogger!) standing up at her desk, pulling her knee socks back up before starting to read … Continue reading

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Pacific surf, the coast by starlight, and the Cascades: San Diego to Vancouver by train

or: what you gain when you’re not too vain to deign to let the train take the main strain. As I said in my last post, a meeting with collaborators in La Jolla last week probably represented my last chance … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, embarrassing fan girl, food glorious food, fun with language, nature, personal, photos, snow, technology, travel, Vancouver | 10 Comments

Zen and the art of locomotive maintenance

I got home yesterday lunchtime after an epic West Coast rail journey from San Diego to Vancouver. I’ve been to La Jolla once every six months or so since July 2009 to meet with collaborators, and every time I’ve gone … Continue reading

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What happens in Vegas…

…gets blogged within a week. I’d been to Vegas once before but I was 17 and with my parents, so it doesn’t count. We were only there as a base for the Canyons (Grand, Bryce and Zion), and didn’t know … Continue reading

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Update on two previous posts…

…because I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats. 1) We had the “good riddance, pink form!” party that my colleague suggested when our internal grant review form was retired. Someone made pink cupcakes, I brought pink … Continue reading

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Yay, Starbucks! (No, really!)

I bought a Starbucks coffee and sandwich on Wednesday, and it made my day. This might sound like a very bizarre statement, especially in a city with an abnormally high Starbucks density (two per block in places), and indeed I … Continue reading

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