Tag Archive: Life/Work Balance

Women in STEM Forum – Mexico 2013 + Time with my students, past & present

    Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-organizing and co-leading the “Women in STEM” forum for the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI) in Mexico. This forum was… Continue reading

I’m not addicted to my computer(s), really!

My husband is funny. I was supposed to be resting this past week, but there was one day when I needed to get something done, so I “borrowed” my husband’s computer (my laptop… Continue reading

You’re not finished, e.g., Science : Basketball :: Lab : Gym

I have the wonderful opportunity to speak with students around the country, and this post is both written for and inspired by them. Sometimes I meet students who are experiencing their first summer… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Monday After “Remedy” … Pancakes?

I’ve found the cure for Monday after Thanksgiving eating. Pancakes! Yes, in my own weird world of eating, I’ve found pancakes to be my “cure.” This morning, I opened the fridge with thoughts… Continue reading

My Newest Website: DietWithoutDeprivation.com

I went to The Spirit Realm Project’s “Zero to Website in 3 Hours” on Saturday morning to support and help the team with their first technology workshop, and decided to set up a… Continue reading

Artscapes and Shapes: My latest drawing

I draw/paint/color to relax, but I rarely take the time to do it. The fact that this is the second “full” drawing in a 30 day span says something about my usual schedule.… Continue reading

Peaceful Places: Longwood Gardens plus Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast

Lately I’ve been thinking about some of the places that I’ve enjoyed visiting. Longwood Gardens (in PA, 13 miles from Wilmington, DE, 30 miles from Philly) is one of those places.  I was… Continue reading

Saying “No” to treadmills, “Yes” to the great outdoors

My doctor gave me permission to do “light” treadmill. But I don’t want to be on a treadmill; I want to be outdoors, in the sunshine!I don’t know why I have an aversion… Continue reading

I drew and colored a flower, and then I was relaxed.

Everyone lovingly tells me to relax. My husband’s aunt even sent me all kinds of art supplies. So I decided to try it. I’m not an artist. I just draw some shapes to… Continue reading

Taking a break from Facebook, Twitter, and email to draw and color.

My husband’s aunt offered to send me crocheting or knitting materials, or a sketch pad so that I wouldn’t get bored. I opted for the sketch pad since I’ve already crocheted 1/2 of… Continue reading

If I’d started when I was younger, I’d totally do Parkour

I used to be the best tree climber in my neighborhood, arguably better than all of the boys. I’d climb the highest and then jump from unreasonable heights just to do it all… Continue reading

Family Reunion – Summer Holiday

In my family, FamilyReunion is one word. It is a summer holiday unto itself. We have a weekend filled with parents, aunts/uncles, brothers/sisters, and tons and tons of cousins! We also have regional… Continue reading

Going on leave until June 1; intermittent online activity

I will be on leave for a while.  My last day at work was on March 12 and I will return on June 1. Thank you for the well wishes and cards and… Continue reading

Thank you for the wonderful birthday messages, songs, prayers, & thoughts!

Tuesday was my birthday and it was WONDERFUL! I really enjoyed my day. I was at work, but was so blessed to receive flowers from current students (thanks BDs!!!!), flowers from a former… Continue reading

Winter Retreat w/our grad students, postdocs, and alums

Each year, through PROMISE: Maryland’s AGEP, we take a group of 100 from UMBC, UM College Park, and UM Baltimore on a winter community building retreat. This year, we also had alums and… Continue reading

From Puerto Rico’s Beaches to a DMV Winter Wonderland

It’s February 2010.  I just came from the warm beaches of Puerto Rico to the shocking snow of the DC/MD/VA area.  All I can say is WOW, especially since I’m not even home… Continue reading

Taking something off of my plate

Today I’m contemplating taking something off of my plate.  Other than food (desserts, extra carbs, snacks) – which don’t need to be on the plate in the first place, I’m thinking about activities,… Continue reading

Viviendo la vida Boricua

Yes, I’m living a Puerto Rican life! But it’s not the typical life that you may be thinking of. Sure, I live around the corner from the beach, which is fabulous! But I… Continue reading

Muchos lugares

Host and colleague in Palmas del Mar One of the kioskos (kiosks) in Luquillo (near Fajardo) On the patio at the home of my host. At the clock in Caguas, across from “Dulce… Continue reading