The Blue Muse

The Blue Muse Exemplified in the phrase "deep thoughts, but mostly other things," The Blue Muse is a general-interest blog focused on telling stories about travel, general aviation (non-commercial), cooking, teaching/post-graduate education, photography, communication and everything in between. Most posts feature interesting, humor-infused "slice of life" tales from a personal viewpoint.

Web Site: http://thebluestmuse.blogspot.com/


Academic job hunting: Unicorn status

Aug 20, 2016
Academic job hunting: Unicorn status

Last year, I felt like I’d just won the lottery. (If the lottery involved seven years of graduate study and three cycles of churning out 100+ page job applications by the dozen.) This year, I feel like a magical unicorn. My experience on the academic job market is not unique. Despite …

Trusting your gut in the kitchen (and the most perfect pancakes ever)

Aug 16, 2016
Trusting your gut in the kitchen (and the most perfect pancakes ever)

I knew  better. I KNEW BETTER. The recipe said to saute the halved mushrooms and the asparagus tips together for three minutes until the shrooms were soft. I thought to myself: Well that doesn’t seem long enough for the mushrooms and the asparagus will get mushy in the mean time. …

Wist and wonder at life’s seasons

Aug 11, 2016
Wist and wonder at life’s seasons

The first of three alarms would blare at 5:30 a.m., with back-ups set for 5:34 and 5:36, respectively. (I learned after the first couple weeks of waking up to check that I hadn’t slept through the alarm six times a night, that I needed multiple for piece of mind.) After …

RV-6 30th anniversary formation and West Coast Ravens at EAA AirVenture

Aug 6, 2016
RV-6 30th anniversary formation and West Coast Ravens at EAA AirVenture

Want to know the coolest thing in the world? Watching your favorite person kick ass achieving a major goal. In my case, I got to see Mr. T perform in his first official air show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. (For those keeping score, he flew in a very cool flyover …

EAA AirVenture airshow awesomeness

Aug 4, 2016
EAA AirVenture airshow awesomeness

In addition to boasting airplanes everywhere, with arrivals and overflights at all hours, a fantastic feature of AirVenture at Oshkosh is the daily airshow. The line up varies every day, but you can be guaranteed a wealth of fantastic flying. Here’s a compilation of shots from the week’s airshows. Sadly, …

A week wandering aviation Disneyland

Aug 3, 2016
A week wandering aviation Disneyland

Trying to describe EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh to pilots who have never been is hard enough, but whenever I talk about it to non-pilots, the reference to Oshkosh usually conjurs up overalls. How can I describe the miles of airplanes of every imaginable type, as far as the eye can see? How do I properly …

Oshkosh bound: Cross country and formation flying

Aug 2, 2016
Oshkosh bound: Cross country and formation flying

A couple weeks ago Mr. T and I enjoyed our six-year wedding anniversary. Six years! And T has been delighting in telling everyone we celebrated by him dropping me at the airport at o-dark-thirty, and me flying off with another man. Ha! At the crack of dawn that Sunday, our friend …

Confessions, Volume IX: The birthday edition

Jun 23, 2016
Confessions, Volume IX: The birthday edition

Well, we’ve arrived at my favorite day of the year, second to Christmas. The day where I can excuse cake for breakfast, fondue for dinner (yessss), and being (slightly) imperious* because… it’s my birthday! As I celebrate (for at least a week or two) turning 34, I thought I’d get …

10 ways to celebrate the end of grading

May 21, 2016
10 ways to celebrate the end of grading

Like most college professors the day after finals week, I should be grading. The paper piles, more than half-vanquished but still huge, stare up as I type. Ignoring them, though, I’m sitting at my desk, vacillating between a state of shock that my first year as a tenure-track professor is already …

10 ways to celebrate the end of grading

May 21, 2016
10 ways to celebrate the end of grading

Like most college professors the day after finals week, I should be grading. The paper piles, more than half-vanquished but still huge, stare up as I type. Ignoring them, though, I’m sitting at my desk, vacillating between a state of shock that my first year as a tenure-track professor is already …

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