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Last updated July 5, 2022.

Peak eldest daughter time

At the risk of making it all about me, I’m trying to do my very best eldest daughtering in the face of my mom’s leukemia diagnosis. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in January, and while the leukemia is in remission, each round of chemo seems to come with new scary side effects. And sometimes she ends up with a complication that isn’t clearly a chemo side effect. But regardless, she is in and out of the hospital often, and I’m trying to do what I can to support my dad and brother as they care for her. I’ve designated myself as researcher and person to make sure other people are getting their needs taken care of, but also trying to make sure I’m taking care of myself, too.

Parenting in the time of coronavirus

My son M. is going to summer camp at the main campus of his school. (During the school year, he goes to a satellite campus.) Each week has a different theme and he is loving it. He doesn’t mask outside, but he does indoors. We’ve been playing Pokemon Sword together and stitching little felt forest animal toys. I love to watch him dance.

Catching up on homeowner tasks

I’ve been co-owner of a home since 2012 but there are a lot of homeowner tasks I’ve been neglecting in the past 9 years so I’m catching up on those now, as well as trying to work out a regular maintenance schedule. We’re currently in the process of turning a back basement room we’ve mostly used for storage into an art and craft studio for Michael and myself. We’re going to move his paints and easel in there, and I’m planning to move my sewing supplies there.

Living the dream

I’m still loving working remotely as a Postdoctoral Scholar for the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine. This is exactly what I trained for in my PhD. I have watched for years as UCI snapped up every scholar whose work I was following, never dreaming that I would be able to work there myself because I won’t move to California for family reasons. I’m working on a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to investigate scalable means for:

  1. increasing and improving connected learning (CL) programs for youth
  2. providing tools that help programs evaluate and improve their efforts; and
  3. creating stakeholder support for dissemination of resources that can scale new models for services.

This is genuinely a dream postdoc for me and I’m thrilled to be part of this team.

Prepping for International Travel

My husband, W., is a 2022-2023 Fulbright-Schuman Scholar. We will be traveling to multiple European countries beginning in January 2023 so he can work on a project about copyright harmonization, fair use and fair dealing, and academic librarians' understanding of copyright. I will be continuing my work for the Connected Learning Lab, and we will be collaborating to unschool M. and help him keep correspondence with his teacher and classmates here in the US.

Woodland Goth

I am deeply obsessed with the woodland goth aesthetic, which I’ve been living my whole life but only recently learned someone had named.

Currently Watching 📺

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Only Murders in the Building

Currently Playing 🎮

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Dragon Quest 4: Chapters of the Chosen
Metroid: Zero Mission
Pokemon Sword

Currently Reading 📚

Kimberly Hirsh, PhD @KimberlyHirsh
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