I just spent last week in my postdoc city helping teach a workshop that I co-organized last year with one of my bestest friends and colleagues. It was really nice--the participants were engaged, the visiting speakers were cool, it was nice to catch up with folks, and one of my students got to go for free and learn all about how to do a new kind of science for her. It was also good practice to get me reacquainted with lecturing for the upcoming semester--we start in a couple of weeks and I have my big teaching assignment again.

I don't know if it is the psuedo-"vacation," or the second trimester, but something is helping to make me feel sharp, with-it and like I have my stuff together for this fall. Even with all the more and more things piling on, I can see them all falling into their timeslots and it's feeling doable. FOR NOW that is.

Soon, in the next couple of weeks, I will finally post my follow-up to that grad recruitment survey that I did a little while ago. I got an awesome amount of response from so many people, both on the post itself and through email, and I am looking forward to summarizing things for you all who were interested.

And one more thing: I finally need new pants, because I just can't wear my normal ones anymore, and I found some decent maternity clothes! Gap Maternity actually has nice pants that FIT and aren't like potato sacks with stretchy tops. The whole Motherhood Maternity/Mimi/Pea in the Pod franchise seems to be a big scam--their fabrics are yucky (even at the expensive version) and their pants only come in three sizes, S, M and L, so you end up having to compromise on fit and feeling puffy and fat. When you could be feeling totally stylish and cute if they weren't so floppy. The only thing worth buying from that company is the maternity-adapted designer jeans. A pair of 7 for all mankind jeans that I can wear and feel hot in all fall and winter as my belly grows and grows was WORTH the huge pile of money I had to lay down for them.

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  1. I found it very worthwhile to spend serious money on one good pair of maternity jeans (since jeans are the first thing you stop being able to wear, and I wear jeans a lot), and one very nice top (ok my sister-in-law bought it for me). The rest I grabbed cheap at Target or Motherhood Maternity--but having a couple of items I really liked made it all easier. And I kept getting compliments on that top, which always made me feel great too.My sis-in-law also said that her experience was that some stores carried clothes that just fit her, and others didn't. She hated MM whereas for me everything there fit great. So it may be a matter of finding the store that carries your shape.And from the ninth month, let me warn you that at a certain point, all articles of clothing that have to stay up due to the waistband, will not (or won't be comfortable if they do). The three $25 dresses I got at MM, plus one pre-preg dress that bizarrely still fits, are in heavy rotation these days.

  2. Hah, yep--and 3rd is when I get to do the bulk of my teaching and grantwriting for the fall. Whoohoo!J&H: I'm accumulating dresses with that very plan in mind. 🙂

  3. But the third doesn't have to be too bad. I'm at 38 wks and still doing experiments, if for fewer hours than I used to. For me it wasn't until the ninth month that things got hard again, though admittedly I've had an easy time of it.

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