søndag den 14. juli 2019

Paying it forward

see myself as a strong independent woman who trusts no-one better than herself when things need to be done. And for a long time in my life I could get away with that. But with the bumps and twists of life I have learned that sometimes even the most strong and independent women find themselves I situations where help is much appreciated. And during our time here in the US, where it certainly feels like the downs have been more prominent than the ups, I have learned to accept help. And I have become humbled towards those who need it too. Again and again I have met people who have gone out of the way to help us without expecting anything in return and often there is no way for me to pay that help back. What I have promised myself instead is to pay it forward. It may seem cliche, but it makes so much sense, and it complete takes the awkwardness out of those situations where there’s really no way to return a favor.
And why do I ramble about this right now? Because I am once again on the receiving end of things. It is no secret that I do not cope well with my current living situation, and that my upstairs neighbor has been driving me crazy. He has been gone for more than a month (probably being back in India would be my guess) and this Friday he returned. With jet lag! Which means we are back to me being woken at odd hours in the night because of the noise from upstairs. The poor guy is certainly not a monster, but with a non existing insulation against noise, there is not much living he can do upstairs without me hearing (and feeling) e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g! And I have tried my best to find a way to deal with the last few weeks here, but yesterday I was rescued by an awesome Dane, who lives in Doylestown. She is letting me stay at their house as they will be traveling most of July and I am beyond relieved to have had my last night in this hole of a place. I still have to pay rent until the end of August and I am not moving my furniture until our new place is available, but no more sleepless nights due to heat and noise! ❤️🤩
I promised to bring a good bottle of wine with me tonight, but I think I will make that Aperol spritz instead. Can’t wait to sip that on a patio in Doylestown.
I promise to pay it forward when I get a chance!
And here’s a picture of bailey wearing fake teeth. Because it is awesome and because there really aren’t any pictures well suited for this post anyway
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mandag den 8. juli 2019

knackwurst und bratwurst

4th of July week means extra days off. Yay. And of course I escaped the east coast heat and humidity to hang out in Michigan. This year was the first time where Luca was the kid being gone. He is up north summer camping for 2 weeks in cabins by a lake together with his best friend, and no news are good news, right? The rest of us had BBQ and small fireworks with good friends
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Before watching the big fireworks in Burns park, where a rich local sets up an amazing show every year, which is not advertised anywhere.The following day we went to Hidden lake gardens, which is part of Michigan State University. It was hot! But nice
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And I also squeezed in a lunch with my former boss, whom I miss terribly but who is also willing to let me hang out with him when there is a chance. It felt good to talk through my current career change of getting into big pharma business from having spent so many years in academia.
And then - drum roll please....... Saturday we went to the one place in Michigan were I am ashamed to say that I have not been yet. The glorious town of Frankenmuth! Or a little piece of Bavaria outside of Germany. Where you can get meat with starch and sauerkraut for lunch
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Served by waiters in lederhosen or dirdnl dresses
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Absolutely a michigan experience one should not miss out on👌🏻😂
We even continued further north after this to visit the forest canopy in Dows garden. It was beyond beautiful and much larger than we anticipated. My favorite part was this little quiet amber colored lake with bull frogs.
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And I guess this was basically my summer vacation his year😳 Next time I have vacation days they will be spent watching our belongings go into a moving truck, clean down the apartment, and head east for good.

tirsdag den 2. juli 2019

Weekend with blueberries, baby, and a bus trip to Manhattan

This past weekend has been my very last chance to do whatever I pleased before the rest of the family gets here. This is still 6 weeks away but with a few more trips to Michigan, having to be at work to run some studies, and actually moving out of this sh*thole of an apartment, then there is simply not any weekends left. About time!
One of my goals while living here on my own was to visit Manhattan on a day trip and I had originally planned for Saturday but the weather was not really collaborating with some intense afternoon thunder expected. Instead I went to work Saturday. Not really to work but rather to get some other computer stuff done without suffering from heat stroke in this “lovely apartment” of mine with the “amazing” air condition capacity🤦‍♀️And while I was at work a text ticked in:
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Not a hard choice at all when coming from a good colleague of mine. She even picked me up so I didn’t have to drive. And did we pick blueberries? Oh yeah. Never in my life have I seen that many blueberries on bushes before
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And I also got to use my avocado crocs
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That have no airholes........ it was an interesting experience removing those after several hours in humid heat......
And afterwards I went to meet this little guy
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Who surprised his parent quite a bit by deciding to have his birthday a month early. Oh my gosh he was tiny. And very very cute. Blueberries and baby - all in one day. Not bad at all.
Sunday I got up early as my Manhattan bus left at 7:20 from Doylestown. And exactly 2 hours plus a short walk later I was here:
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In front of lovely gooey tebirkes. Nomnomnom. It was very high on my list to visit Meyers bakery on grand central station and as I ate my pastry and drank my coffee I kind of realized that I had sort of forgotten to consider what to do with my time after the eating of said pastry......
But Central Park saved me:
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And maybe I happened to stop at Anthropologie to see if they had any good things on sale. Which they did. They sell dresses with pockets which is the best thing ever! Period! I had an amazing lunch
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And last but not least I walked by the Roosevelt Island aerial tram. I had no clue that one could go by air to Roosevelt island for the price of mere 3$
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And then I was just tired and kind of walked around a bit aimlessly until it was time to get back on the bus. But with a work week of only 2 1/2 days I think I’ll manage just fine. Tomorrow I travel back to Michigan to spend 4th of July in Ann Arbor. Fingers crossed for some nice weather allowing us to see the firework in burns park again this year

fredag den 28. juni 2019

When you are supposed to take a shower....

..... but there is thunder outside and you don’t want to get zapped through the showerhead - well then you have to find something else to do right?Such as keeping up complaining about this stupid apartment complex which feels more like a stuffy toaster oven. Never ever in my life have I had to cool down a cup of camomile tea in order to avoid sweating like a 🐷 before going to bed:
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Can’t wait to move into that house in Doylestown! And speaking of Doylestown I went there for a wonderful dinner last night . I got there early (so I avoided traffic) and bought tickets for the trans bridge bus, which has service directly to Manhattan✌🏻 (guess what plans I have this weekend?) and then I hung out at Starbucks for a bit on their giant outdoor space. Everything is posh in Doylestown apparently
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I even got to browse a second hand book store with an amazing selection of books for a very good price. Among other books I got this one for Luca, which I really hope he will like:
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Otherwise I have mainly been working. And I have spent a lot of time reflecting on how to make sure I don’t run myself dry. One very important thing, that has finally dawned on me, is that I can’t expect to constantly be on top of things in this job - and that this is OK. And I have been trying to be better at closing down my computer and go home at a designated time.
And I think I will end this blogpost with a little piece of nerdy art from the hallways at work: “the joy and heartbreak of drug development revealed by positron emission tomography images of A2a receptors in the brain”:
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You are very welcome😏

fredag den 21. juni 2019

Weekeeeeeend

What a week! I have to admit that I am on the brink of exhaustion. I am 4 months into this new job of mine and things are moving! Fast! When you are in academia and people talk about industry jobs they always talk about how fast moving things are, and well I get it now. It’s like everything hits you from all sides all the time and up until now I have gladly absorbed everything coming my way, but I can certainly sense that I will need to learn to handle this. ASAP. Luckily I have really awesome colleagues who knows how to do this and will take the time to share their experience.
As I write this I am in the airport. Quite a bit early as my brain stopped functioning and I decided to just get to the airport and avoid the worst of rush hour traffic. This has given me the time to walk all the way to the other end of the airport for this:
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Nomnomnom.
I can’t wait to be back in Ann Arbor and hang out with all my favorite family members. 2 legged and 4 legged
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And this time it feels SO good to know that I have secured us a house in Pennsylvania. So from August and beyond we will be Doylestowners (or whatever you might call that) as we are going to live right here:
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In a beautiful new house that even allows for a dog tenant. It is a townhome style house with a court yard in the back and plenty of green areas (and sidewalks. Ladies and gentleman - there are sidewalks in Doylestown🥳).In addition the school district is awesome and it is a really nice town. Teresa and I have been there and she has approved the posh high school (from the outside)
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Things are beginning to fall into place and even though there are still a lot of things that needs to be settled a home is no longer on that list❤️

søndag den 16. juni 2019

Goat yoga and other Philly adventures


I have had a visitor this weekend, who happens to be one of my favorite people from Ann Arbor. And part of the game plan for the weekend was to do goat yoga as Tammy is a lover of both goats and yoga. Me - not so much (oh the hard sacrifices I make for friends.....😏). But first we had a Friday to get through.Full of hipster breakfast in Fishtown we ventured to the center of Philly to visit the ultimate museum of medicine curiosities, the Mutter museum:
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You were not allowed to take pictures in there which kind of makes sense as it is not everyone who likes to see malformed fetuses, human skulls, and wax replicas of nasty infections. But we loved it! And you certainly learn to appreciate good health and not living in medieval times after a visit!
We also had time to sit in hammocks and eat icecream:
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And as I am a crazy party animal I made sure to get Tammy hooked on helping me out with my puzzle Friday night✌🏻
Saturday came along and we spend a solid hour (at least) on the delayed oh-so-slow train to Philly to make it to south Philly where the yoga studio was. And there were goats! Two of them to be exact...... but since they kind of tried to escape and/or eat the candles (the battery kind - not the flame kind) all the time I think more than two would have been quite chaotic:
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They look cute, but I must say that the power they contain in their cute little heads when they climb underneath you and start head butting you as you struggle to do a yoga pose? That power is intense! Ouch!
Most importantly the birthday girl was happy:
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And as we went to have dumplings afterwards, where I finally got to try soup dumplings (dumplings with soup inside) I had a blast too. Here I am, poking a hole in my dumpling to release the broth. It requires a lot of focus:
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And then we strolled through the Italian market where they had sflogiatella😍
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If you have never tried them - please do! They are kind of tricky to make so if a bakery has them it’s a good bakery, and these were SO delicious. We also had teapot cake with raspberry and earl grey mousse later in Chinatown
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And last but not least we got to visit the secret garden. A giant outdoor mosaic with all kinds of stuff going on and on and on:
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It is a popular place and if we had not booked tickets in advance we had not gotten in.
And poof - it is Sunday morning and Tammy is on her way to the airport after an interesting wait at the train station in the-middle-of-nowhere-rich-suburbs-with-mansion-size-houses. Usually a pretty quiet place, but this morning there was a guy who was high as kite, and rocking out to his own inner concert to en extent where we got concerned he might hurt himself, so Tammy called the police. But as soon as the train arrived he managed to pull himself together and get on the train about 15 seconds before the police arrived at the station.
Nothing like making memories with friends!
Safe travels Tammy - it was awesome to have you visit