Anonymous asked:
What are your long-term academic goals? Do you aspire to become a professor?

I don’t really have long-term career goals. I’m happy working as a casual academic right now, and it would suit my lifestyle when I have young kids. After I’ve completed my PhD I might try and do some postdoc research, and I’d like to publish my work. I’m just going to see how it all unfolds.

During the push for women’s suffrage in the Victorian era (1839-1901), a narrative emerged suggesting that giving women the vote would not only masculinize women, but would also feminize men.

During the push for women’s suffrage in the Victorian era (1839-1901), a narrative emerged suggesting that giving women the vote would not only¬†masculinize women, but would also feminize men.

A lavender bouquet at the ceremony would be perfect.

A lavender bouquet at the ceremony would be perfect.

I’ve become weirdly addicted to 7th Heaven episodes lately. It’s the strangest show. Every time a working mother is represented in the show her marriage is breaking down or her children are being neglected. And why is Reverend Camden so interested in the sex lives of his children? It’s all very odd. But the shots of the lovely house and Annie Camden joyously cooking have me hooked.

I’ve become weirdly addicted to 7th Heaven episodes lately. It’s the strangest show. Every time a working mother is represented in the show her marriage is breaking down or her children are being neglected. And why is Reverend Camden so interested in the sex lives of his children? It’s all very odd. But the shots of the lovely house and Annie Camden joyously cooking have me hooked.

Anonymous asked:
How do you stay focused academically? Sometimes when I start researching a new topic I start learning about all the other topics related to it and before I know it I'm miles away from where I started...

I know that feeling! I try to avoid getting sucked down that rabbit hole by setting daily goals. In fact I have stopped thinking about work in terms of ‘the big picture’ entirely, because it just induces anxiety! I realised I was feeling a sense of anxiety that was not at all proportionate to the obstacle I was facing (the thing causing the anxiety). It was taking up so much of my energy, I had to let it go. So now I think of life in terms of hourly or daily increments and I focus only on what I can achieve in the present. I’ll set a word quota for the day and as soon as I’ve achieved it I’ll close my laptop. This also allows me some space for getting carried away with interesting articles here and there, because as long as I’ve achieved my daily goal, it’s all good.

Anonymous asked:
Do you still consider yourself an atheist Frieda?

No.

My wedding dress arrived today!

My sister works for a major political party now, so I get to tag along to all the ~kewl~ events.

My sister works for a major political party now, so I get to tag along to all the ~kewl~ events.

Anonymous asked:
How did you know you wanted to do a PhD? Was it something you always wanted to do or just something that your degree naturally progressed into? What do you believe is your true calling in life?

I love academia. I spent a bit over a year in a conventional workplace after getting my bachelor’s degree, and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t really find it stimulating enough. A shot at a great scholarship came up during my Honours year and I went for it. The two years since being awarded that scholarship have been the best of my life. I believe my ‘true calling’ is motherhood.