I'm excited that I am pretty sure I can go to the Illiana version of the blogger meetup idea. I guess one of the upsides of being at a MRU within a couple of hours of another MRU in the middle of the country in the midwest is that we don't have much to do on the weekends, and we are all friendly people, so we're enthusiastic about hanging out! Go Midwest, go corn!
I am incredibly lucky to have been hired by a department who wants to let me do my 'unfocused' science. They especially like that I don't do any one thing in particular. BONUS! We'll see how it all turns out over the next 5-7 years.
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