Dispatch from Woods Hole

A couple folks have requested an update from Woods Hole. I’m learning a lot, there are a lot of great folks, the scenery is lovely, the entire town is about about 3 blocks square (much of that is the Marine Biological Laboratory where I’m studying for the month), and they feed us all the time. I’m really loving this not having to cook thing, though I must say the combination of minimal exercise, lots of time working on the computer and attending lectures, no toddler chasing, and decent cafeteria food has me feeling a bit like a slug. It’s pretty easy to be car-free…since there isn’t really anywhere I need to go.

I really miss H and Angela A LOT. I was expecting it to be hard, but not quite this hard. They got down for a good visit (along with my hero mother-in-law!) a couple weeks ago, and I got back to Boston for one last summer trip to the neighborhood pool last weekend (to see in-person proof of H’s claim: “I swimming like a big kid”), but I’m feeling seriously deprived of toddler togetherness, and Angela has had an overdose. As great as this course is (really, it is far better than I expected), I’m remembering why I got happier as a scientist once I had a kid.

I’ll be heading home for good this weekend, and since one of the other students has practically begged to ride my bike back to Boston, I’ll be hopping on the bus. Hopefully he makes it!

About Nathan

Nathan is a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience. He thinks parenting is way more fun when you don't have to worry about car seats.
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2 Responses to Dispatch from Woods Hole

  1. Amy says:

    “I got happier as a scientist when I had a kid.” I may have to quote that somewhere! The essence of work/life balance.

    Hope to see you guys soon.

    -Amy

  2. Angela V-C says:

    I didn’t have quite the “happier at work” bounce that Dorea did, but I do find that being forced to cut back at work due to my commitment to our family really does give me a happier and more balanced life. Without that pressure to keep my work life under control, work tends to absorb everything.

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