Week in My Life No. 7

So as you can probably tell it has been a few days since I posted and I only got one post in last week. I have been in Roatan, Honduras for the last ten days at a conference. It was the Iguana Specialist Group meeting and ended up being such a blast. I was so busy before hand as well, getting my class ready for when I was going and prepping my presentation for the conference so I did not have nearly enough time to prep as I was hoping for. This is definitely more like a two week update than a week in my life.

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We had our first crazy snow storm! I was not expecting so much but the afternoon clear up!

I have been at this conference for most of the time but I am going to be doing a Honduras recap post so I won’t be focusing on the conference a ton. I will say that overall it has been amazing and I have learned so much and met so many amazing people doing really interesting research and conservation work. I also learned quite a about IUCN red-listing and about invasive species control.

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Conference attire was difficult in a tropical climate. It has been in the 80’s but we were in an air conditioned conference room for most of the day.

First, wow way back to before Halloween! It was actually a really fun week. I did a lot of prepping for this trip and taught my class, as usual on Tuesday. We spent quite a bit of time also getting ready for Halloween. Also carpet cleaners came so that was a bit of a project since we had to move all of the furniture in carpeted areas. It is so nice to finally have it done though, we have been waiting for months to do it! We started carving pumpkins and I baked pumpkin seeds.

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Sorry it is not a great photo but we did The Nightmare Before Christmas theme this year.
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Sally was way harder than Jack Skellington but we did our best (more like Aiden did his best, he is way better than me at carving)!

Halloween itself was a blast. It was a really long work day so I was kind of rushing but still managed to baked some cookies and a pumpkin pie. We went to our friend’s house for another round of Over the Garden Wall, lots of drinks, costumes and pie. Later we went to a different department’s grad student Halloween party which was so much fun! I did call it early though since I needed to finish packing.

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I spent that Friday morning frantically finishing up some errands that I had hoped to get done earlier in the week. It ended up being crazy with some unexpected things happening so I had way more to do than I anticipated. I was on campus for an hour or two and then headed back to eat lunch. We left for the airport around 1:30pm.

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Last minute errand attire.

As I mentioned I have been here in Roatan ever since. I presented some of my research on Monday and listened to lots of other interesting talks. We explored a little as well but almost our whole group got sick so that was a bit of a bummer. I did have to miss out on a fun field trip because of that!

Some interesting articles/videos:

An interview with Emma Watson. Of course this is amazing and very insightful. I was also just inspired to think about what I am doing and how I am effecting other people!

The Every Girl J. Crew Round Up. I am so loving these pieces and the winter essentials are extra tempting (the tissue turtlenecks and the puffer are at the top of my list).

National Geographic’s new book on women photographers. So excited about this. Such beautiful photography by amazing women!

Some current fashion trends. I am totally into most of these and they just about all can work in cold weather.

On being a woman in a male dominated field. Definitely worth a read.

Reading: I started listening to How Could She by Lauren Mechling on the plane to Honduras. I am not very far so I can’t say much yet but I will definitely keep you updated.

Podcast: So I know I just did a recent podcast post but I listened to Bad on Paper Podcast’s interview with Carly Heitlinger and it was amazing. She was so real and honest. More than I have every heard any blogger be. It was very impressive and insightful. I highly recommend the episode!

Watching: So I have two things right now. I was sick for a couple of days so I have been re-watching The Walking Dead. It is kind of a long story but I stopped because I certain character dies at the beginning of season six. For some reason I got the urge to watch again from the beginning. I also have been watching SNL skits both new and old… they are so funny. Here are some ones I watched today: Film ScreeningTarget Lady

Instagram: Caitlin from Lemonade Press Blog had such an amazing caption on her Instagram post from Saturday. It is about school and just learning in general and it resonated with me.

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Fire on the beach in Honduras!

Erin

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Happy Monday! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving week. This year has gone by so fast. I have lots of ideas for the holidays so I am very excited about the next few months but I just can’t believe how fast the past few months have gone. I rounded up my picks for the last several weeks. Here are the ten things that I have been into lately or found to be exciting/interesting:

Thanksgiving Checklist: The Everygirl did a checklist for Thanksgiving and I was surprised at how helpful it is for me. Our family does a lot of the planning early but all the cooking, cleaning and setting up is done on Wednesday and Thursday. This checklist has made me rethink that last minute preparation and look at a new perspective.

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text: I am re-reading Harry Potter right now from the very beginning and in order for probably the second time since I first read them. The things I have noticed and seen differently are amazing. This podcast has also really helped me look at the world of Harry Potter in a very different way. I feel like I have started to read differently in general and I love it. The podcast goes through every chapter looking through the lens of a different theme (eg. fear, generosity etc…). It is definitely time consuming but I am learning so much, especially about the minor characters, and it is very worth it.

The Post Movie: This is a trailer about the movie The Post which is about the Washington Post and their journey in uncovering a great government cover-up. My friend posted this trailer to Facebook and it seems about time for this movie. I am really optimistic especially since it has Meryl Streep who just makes everything better.

Teaser Trailers of the Past: I saw The Incredibles Teaser on YouTube the other day. It seems like most of what I have been looking at over the past several weeks are movie trailers. The Incredibles 2 is coming next summer and it is about time. This is one of those classic childhood movies and this teaser got me super psyched about the upcoming film. It is a little strange since The Incredibles was always one of the few stand alone kids movies out there. A Wrinkle in Time is another trailer I just saw that is exciting. This is one of my favorite books of all time and I am not really sure how I feel about it being made into a movie. The cast seems pretty amazing though!

Pink ASOS Coat: This is my favorite coat on the market right now. It is a blush pink, has pearls and a great shape. It is also so affordable. I highly recommend checking out some of ASOS’s jackets and coats right now because I really love the selection. Another favorite is this navy coat which has a great faux fur collar and is even more affordable.

Canada Goose Jackets: For some reason I had never really heard of Canada Goose jackets before last week. All of a sudden tons of bloggers started posting about how great they are and I had to check it out. They are very expensive so it is not something I would just go out and buy; but I am adding one to my list to save up for in the future. It seems like the last a long time and are the warmest coats out there.

Create & Cultivate LA Conference: I personally will likely not be attending the Create & Cultivate Conference this year due to expenses but I did want to link it since I have been thinking a lot about it lately. The line up is fantastic and there is so much I feel like I could learn from attending. I would check it out no matter your profession. It is such a great way to bring out your creative self and talk to other like-minded people. I also just love the Create & Cultivate philosophy.

Trello: This is by no means something new. I have actually heard about it several times before but never made an account. After a meeting last week I decided to give it a try as an organizational tool for my blog posts and I am loving it. It is such a great tool! I do recommend having a specific goal in mind for how you are going to use it or else I could see it getting pretty hectic.

The Golden Girl and Fate: I really loved this post that Jess Keys did on how she met her husband. It just really touched me. Ever since I read it I have been thinking a lot about fate and how/why certain things happen to us. It is crazy to think that some of my best friends are people I met due to circumstance I would consider to be fate. Kudos to her for such a well-written and inspiring post.

Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2017: This one is actually not really from the web but I wanted to share since it opened my eyes and has really inspired me to follow my dreams. The link I shared is to the Porter magazine subscription but the actual article is found in the current issue of Porter (Winter 2017). It is a compilation of incredible women and it is the article which has brought back my drive to be creative and pursue my dreams. It highlights everyone from the women’s march organizers to Meryl Streep to Misty Copeland. The person that particularly caught my eye is Barbara Jatta’s who has been appointed the director of the Vatican Museums. It is the first time a women has ever held such a pivotal role in the Catholic church. I am not exactly sure why it caught my eye but her strength and ability to get to where she is has really inspired me.

Thanks for reading!

Erin