Winter weekend in the Whites

I was lucky enough to join some awesome fellow grad students on an overnight hiking trip last weekend in the White Mountains. Since we stayed in a hut with bunkhouses and a pretty serious kitchen, I can’t say we were backpacking, or even really camping…but I definitely appreciated the comforts, especially in the winter! I hadn’t […]

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Books of 2017

No long reviews this time, because I’m tired from traveling at the moment, and I’m not sure I have anything particularly insightful to add about any of these. But it’s kind of a tradition now, so here, in chronological order of reading, are the books I finished in 2017: The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman […]

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Recipe: Red lentil curry soup

I had a hankering for lentil soup, but I didn’t want to just make one of the versions I’ve done before (good as they are). So I kind of mashed my lentil-spinach and curry-lentil soups together, with some help from Google to find an actual base recipe. I omitted the cilantro from the original. I […]

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Recipe: Maple spice biscotti

I haven’t baked anything in quite a long time, and I’ve been feeling the fall spirit lately (despite relatively warm weather), so I decided to make a cinnamon-spiced treat. Googling “spelt biscotti” led me to a vegan gingerbread version that sounded good (linked below). Since I didn’t have ground cloves or blackstrap molasses, I opted […]

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Science funding (rant alert!)

The Trump administration released its first budget outline today. As far as I have been able to keep track, here are the proposed budget changes for science funding by agency: NIH: -18% to science funding DOE: -20% to science funding NOAA: -17% overall + elimination of one of their main research programs EPA: -31% overall […]

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