Effort not ability.

”Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life.

Effort means that you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.

It would be an impoverished existence if you were not willing to value things and commit yourself to working towards them”.


From Drive, by Daniel Pinkman, Quoting Carol Dweck who you can see speaking in this short, watchable, digestable Ted Talk.

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Starbucks, bacteriophage, procrastination….


wow so familiar

A time machine, bringing me back, back, back. A few months maybe, writing my thesis and desperate for a job. A few years maybe, writing the first thesis and desperate for a PhD position… a few years before that and maybe, just, excited?

I have been involved in bacteriophage therapy for 7 years. Well, I thought I had finished and could write that as past tense, but here I am, a sucker to a flattering request from America to co-author a textbook chapter. Which I have to admit I did not manage to add much to yet.

It was a tough December, a tough few months really, but as this year rolls into the next it is time to stop making excused. Clearly I am making progress as I sit here in Starbucks, writing about writing about bacteriophages, once again, likely always.

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Burnt out post PhD

I think I am a cliche.

A burn out post PhD Millennial disenchanted with her new big girl job in a city 350 km away from her life and friends and boyfriend.

Now I have to figure out how to get unburnt out without getting deported from Swissland.. sigh… anyone?

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First run since September!

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Pretty happy with my consistency, and how easy it was feeling to breathe!

Unfortunately no much sidewalk to run on, but I went for it anyway

Unfortunately no much sidewalk to run on, but I went for it anyway

In September I ran my first half marathon. I was untrained, unprepared and pretty miserable the entire way. I finished though, with a non-horrendous time of 2:37. I also wasn’t injured. But apparently, I have asthma.

I knew I had some issues during pollen season, and would get a bit wheezy around a ton of rabbits, but usually I don’t struggle to breathe, to the best of my knowledge. In april, I had a viral infection and the first time I went running after that put me on my ass, I couldn’t finish sentences. Probably should have gone to the doc then, but I got there in the end…

Five months later as I straggled across the end of the half marathon, something was wrong. I was wiped, exhausted all the time, cold. I also had a cough of a 90 year old chain smoker. I would eventually go to the doctor, be told I had bronchitis, and end up back again the next week after turning blue. Now with two different puffers, some wicked nose spray, and a plan to chart my lung capacity I was off.

This was six weeks ago, more or less. Now I am ramping down my asthma meds, and introducing some zone 1 and 2 exercise again. I go for hour long walks most days, depending on the number of hours I spend on a train, and last night was my first run. I slightly overreached in terms of %HR, but it felt solid, smooth and most of all, effortless. I am going to keep cruising slowly along and eventually, I know, I will get back to where I was and then I will sail on by!

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 Train times 

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Don’t drop it…


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train riding times

because why not?


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Entertaining side benefits of long distance relationships

Collections of your main squeeze looking like an alien when Facetime drops a little F U moment in your lap.

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Grownup for the day

I am going to Geneva! My permit application has not yet finished making the rounds of both Kantons as well as the Federal offices (3 months and counting), but I am meeting with the CEO today to talk about short and long term objectives. Very exciting! I also have a work email account. So I got up and got dressed like a grownup and am currently traversing the length of the country for the meeting. 
I am going to be spending a lot of time on trains. A lot. And I realized I am going to be sitting by a lot of weird people on trains. So welcome to the first post of “the train riding population of swissland”. Right now I was joined by a traditional Swiss sight; three 20something men in officer uniforms heading off to do some army stuff. Sans automatic weapons, and as it is morning, sans obligatory beer. In keeping with the seriousness of their uniforms they are fixing their hair in their phones, playing video games, and napping!  

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Drinking coffee in bed and practicing French

I don’t know how badass you guys think you are, but I just put a champagne tracksuit on my Duolingo Owl and feel like a baller. Bam. French skills yo’Duo

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