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This is an excellent lab group. I'm so happy to be here!

However, I am going to have to find somewhere to hide for some scheduled writing time. Writing and labwork just don't mix well.


I think my rule of thumb for bike commuting here is going to be, "Do everything as pleasantly as possible."


How is it that it's only Tuesday and we already need to go grocery shopping again, and cook more things?


It will be a great relief when the Holiday Challenge wraps up. OTOH, I am glad that I am making myself do it. A method for kick-starting myself back into rowing.


Back to work.


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Dec. 8th, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
However, I am going to have to find somewhere to hide for some scheduled writing time.

I recommend here: http://sweetadelinebakeshop.com

Dec. 8th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ooo, that looks fun!

Most likely I will try to find something that's free on campus (i.e. elsewhere inside the Very Large Science Building), to minimize transit time. I'm getting concerned about transportation time eating up too much of my workday in this city!
Dec. 8th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Fair enough!! I have been restraining myself but I want to share ALL THE PLACES that I used to love and frequent so that you may enjoy them too. But I figure you're probably overwhelmed and inundated with that currently and also living with people who know the area. I just have such fondness for the Bay Area and wish I were there to take you to my secret spots and little gems personally. Let me know if and when you're ready to do some easy hiking and exploring and I'll tell you some excellent places to go, including beaches and fun bikerides.
Dec. 9th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
I have this (slight sinking) feeling that my life here is going to share some things in common with my life in Lincoln, where I wound up being so busy that I never had a chance to do a number of super-awesome things I really wanted to do.

I know that there are just soooooo many great things to enjoy here, but at the same time I also have this deep desire to focus on the awesome research that I can accomplish while I'm here. All that said and done, my supervisor here is a firm advocate for work-life balance, so I should get to do at least *some* exploring!
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
I was going to say somewhere far enough for a nice bike ride.

The food shopping all the time may be related to the holiday challenge?
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
*laughs* The food shopping may be partly related to the Holiday Challenge. It's more directly related to the whole project of figuring out cooking and food acquisition in a new city with new living arrangements (far less fridge and pantry space).

I stopped by a coffeeshop on my way to work this morning, and the stop reminded me that I've been contemplating doing some version of my dad's Coffeeshop Bike Rides around here.
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:10 am (UTC)
Were I more into coffee I'd totally be into coffeeshop bike rides. Maybe there's a version for snooty pastry.
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
Well! My dad gets credit for being the first of us to observe the Pastry-Powered T(o)uring Machine riding in the Seattle-to-Portland. Their motto is, "We live to eat, we ride to eat more!"

I think you could also just ride to coffeeshops that have delicious baked goods, and enjoy some other beverage plus a delicious baked good. I see zero problem with that. :-D
Dec. 11th, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
I believe I should try it much more often than I do. It sounds more pleasant than my usual bike rides.
Dec. 11th, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Well, the best day of the week to get started on is Fridays, if you can swing it. I'm planning on getting back on the Bike-Friendly Friday bandwagon next week. This week has been just slightly too crazy still, but there's something wonderful about starting Friday mornings with tasty baked goodness.
Dec. 8th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think my rule of thumb for bike commuting here is going to be, "Do everything as pleasantly as possible."
Why stop at bike commuting? It's excellent rule of thumb for living. :)
Dec. 8th, 2015 11:56 pm (UTC)
This might sound strange, but I don't know that I am exactly a pleasant person. Sometimes straightforwardness trumps pleasantry.
Dec. 9th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
I know what you mean; I'm sometimes a bit too direct as well. I just meant that to the extent you can, you might as well live your life pleasantly.

I used to have a very long commute, and I decided to take a pair of trains to work rather than drive. It took longer and was more expensive, but was much better for my nerves. That sort of living pleasantly.
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
That commute switch sounds WAY more pleasant! Why drive if you can get someone else to do the driving for you?

Somehow, people in the Midwest struck a really good balance in being both nice AND direct. People in Texas scared me because they had that whole "Southern Hospitality" thing going on, but underneath that were a lot of tumultuous and often nasty emotions. Arizona is kind of brassy-bright happy-friendly, which is also pretty over-the-top. So far, California has a reasonably good balance of warm pleasantry, but I think it's my Native Seattle nature to distrust a place that's just that cheerful. Seattlites tend more strongly towards cool politeness. But then again, road rage seems much higher in Seattle compared to here.
Dec. 9th, 2015 10:59 am (UTC)
Hooray for pleasantness! I am still contemplating what I want to do in Albuquerque, but if I have my way it will be pleasant, heh.
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
If I had to guess, I'd reckon that Albuquerquians are a pretty nice, relaxed bunch. But I wouldn't know what to expect in terms of car-bike relations.
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