Photo of the Week: Throwback to Toronto

I’m celebrating this Throwback Thursday by reflecting on my August 2014 visit to Toronto, Ontario. The CN Tower is a classic part of the Toronto skyline, as the 9th tallest tower in the world, and tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere.

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Photo of the Week: Happy Birthday, Stephanie Kwolek!

Today, July 31st would have been inventor Stephanie Kwolek’s 95th birthday.  Kwolek was a chemist at DuPont, where she invented Kevlar, the first synthetic material of exceptional strength, which is used in bullet-proof vests.  She has won multiple awards and is featured in the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame.

Photo of the Week: National Cousins Day!

Today is National Cousins Day! (Cousin’s Day?  I’m not sure.)  I’m celebrating my smart, amazing, beautiful, unstoppable cousins, Ava and Holly!  They both also recently had birthdays, so happy belated birthday, summer babies.  The three of us have maintained a group chat for a couple of years now and I have to say I love Facebook for keeping us together (we don’t all live in the same state). We always have amazing adventures, so it took me absolutely forever to pick just one photo!  Love love love.

 

Photo of the Week: Must-Watch TV Show

In case you missed it, Neil Patrick Harris’ most recent project is starring in the TV series adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. For those of you who grew up on these books and were dissatisfied by the 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey (which, let’s be honest, is all of us) you will find the TV adaptation to be more satisfying.  While the movie crammed three books into 107 minutes and was aimed at somewhat younger children, the TV series gives each book its own two episodes, and maintains more of the books’ dark humor.  There are some moments that may be scary or simply over the heads of young kids, so I would recommend this show for middle school age youngsters and the 20-somethings who grew up on the book series.

All-in-all, I would highly recommend the TV show to anyone who loves the books and appreciates a good live-action adaptation.  Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming now on Netflix.

Photo of the Week: Feminism is Freedom

Female doctors can be feminists and female homemakers can be feminists.  Women are (huge shocker here…) not all the same!  Different women are fulfilled and empowered by different things.  Some women prioritize their children and home life.  She’s a feminist!  Some women prioritize their career and personal goals.  She’s a feminist!  What’s not feminist is judging other women for the way the live their lives and feel the most fulfilled, satisfied, and empowered.  Keep on supporting one another and what we can achieve is endless!

Photo of the Week: Happy Independence Day!

Today we celebrate the United States’ 242nd birthday!  As we celebrate with burgers and fireworks (Red meat and explosions?  How American!) I reflect on the foundations this country was built on: personal liberties and justice for everyone here.  I hope that as a nation we can find a way to agree on what this means for us in 2018.  Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

Take a break

Hello Globetrotters,

Have any of you seen (or at least heard the soundtrack of) the musical Hamilton? Well, #1 Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and #2 it’s been out awhile, so I don’t feel bad about the following #spoilers. (Also, it’s based on historical events, so technically I suppose it’s “been out” for over 200 years. But I digress.)

In act II Hamilton’s wife and sister-in-law are trying to convince him he needs a summer vacation. They want him to come with the family to upstate NY and relax with them by the lake.

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He refuses, because he is dedicated to his work in Washington’s cabinet, and has a specific plan he’s trying to figure out how to get through Congress. So he stays in the city (NYC was still the capital then).

This is when he meets Maria Reynolds. “Someone under stress meets someone looking pretty” and they have a scandalous affair. Their affair essentially ruins his career.

His dedication without taking a break and some family time was ultimately not worth it! In the short term, he did work hard and move forward in his career, but long term it was detrimental.

Okay, cool story. But what does it have to do with anything other than proving what a huge nerd I am?

I, too need a break. Between working, moving, and the blog I am overwhelmed. I don’t want to have a career-ruining affair! Lol

So I’m going to take Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s advice and take a break. You’ll definitely still see me here, but I’ll be focusing on my photo of the week and giving some old posts a makeover. I’ll still be present on social media, so be sure to follow me on Facebook, *Instagram, and *Pinterest.

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My goal is to be back to writing weekly after we get settled in the Czech Republic. We’re planning a big multi-country adventure before we finally end up in CR, so I’m confident I’ll have exciting material to share with you.

I hope you’ll stick with me because I already can’t wait to get back to it!

Lots of love,

Allegra, The Globetrotting Scientist

*This is my personal Instagram. I’m working with insta to get my blog Instagram back online. Also my personal Pinterest, but I pin tons of travel, food, and craft stuff.