Let’s make something clear. I am not a housewife, mother, chef or an arts and crafts guru. I will own up to being a scientist with a severe coffee addiction (a fungal molecular evolutionary biologist to be precise) but unlike some other scientists, science is not my entire life. But it has wrecked havoc on my personal life. I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010 to further my academic and scientific training as a post-doctoral fellow, after earning my PhD at Duke University in North Carolina. I won’t say that the move has been easy. I had a long-term, long-distance relationship fail and I am thousands of miles from the important people in my life; my family (in the Pacific Northwest) and my friends (Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, California, etc). It’s just me and my cats. To say it’s lonely is an understatement.
In an effort to keep my loved ones tuned into my life, I started this blog August 2010 and had no idea of what it would turn into. An online journal? A food blog? An arts and crafts blog? A place to rant about science? So I named it the only thing I could think of: Puck (the Shakespearean imp) and Kudzu (the pesky, Southern invasive weed), after my cats. And it’s turned into an eclectic collection of the different facets of my life. Science and the life of an academic. The constant travels associated with being far from those you love. The occasional handmade project. Constant complaints about the Midwestern winter. The occasional deep thought alongside a completely silly one. But mostly it’s about food. Why? Because a girl has got to eat! And I do enjoy eating … and cooking … and as it turns out, blogging about the entire experience.
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