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branza

I am a graduate student at Princeton University. I love cooking and reading, and knitting while watching TV.

On Paging Clyde Bruckman

I had kind of a similar thing, where in December I wrenched my neck so bad I couldn't move my head for at least a day and was stuck looking slightly down and to the right. It has taken me until this Monday to finally go see a chiropractor. You know what? He's nice. It's like insurance covered massages and back cracking. Why did I not do this sooner?!

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 3:12 pm 1

On Friday Open Thread

I first wrote "Anxiety is illegal" which is what I get for typing this while watching Law and Order: SVU

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 4:47 pm 2

On Friday Open Thread

Even just posting about this has made me incredibly anxious like now someone I know might find out and then what? I don't know. Anxiety is illogical!

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

Does anyone make it to the bottom of the comments? Well here goes! I don't know if I need advice, or just to complain, y'all. I am in a HUGE funk.

My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost 2 years (as of... three weeks from now, I guess). He has never told me he loves me. He works all the time and is always tired (we are both in grad school PhD programs at the same Ivy League university that Jack Donaghy attended). He doesn't like public touching to an extreme degree. Like I have to beg him to give me a goodbye kiss when he drops me off because we are in a car and people could see us. He gets really upset about his work and just seems upset a lot. I feel like he's a kind of a downer. I know that getting mad is his way of coping, but it's tough to spend a lot of time with someone who just seems to be like that all the time.

I on the other hand, maybe, am super depressed because grad school is hard, guys. I often lie in bed for hours at a time trying to persuade myself to get out and go to work. As a result of this, I do not get enough work done, and then get reprimanded by my boss constantly, which leads to more personal reprisals on my part. If my best isn't good enough, then maybe I don't belong here. I keep thinking about quitting but don't because of the looming UNKNOWN on the other side of that. What would I do? I'm not qualified for anything! That's a lie, I have a MA in Science. But for most jobs in Science, you need a PhD or better.

I cope with these things by exercising and reading a lot. I feel like my life is not going the way I'd like it to but I'm not sure how to change it. I started seeing a therapist in December but she's been sick for the past three weeks/sessions worth. Maybe that's why I'm feeling so blah/upset. I don't know. I feel like general unhappiness with the bf is a silent beat in life, and work troubles have made everything worse lately. What do you do to cheer yourself up?

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Miss Fancy Pants Goes to Work

@frigwiggin WE JUST DON'T KNOW

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm 2

On The Magical Fruit

@Valley Girl My necessary bean salad ingredients: tuna-in-oil, beans, kalamata olives, some kind of onion or shallot. I usually also add tomato and cucumber and maybe greens or a boiled egg. For dressing: the oil from the tuna and the juice of a lemon.

I could eat this every day. In fact, I went through a period where this was dinner and lunch for weeks on end. I am Very Boring

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm 2

On 20 Irrational But Nonetheless Persistent Beauty Fears I’ve Picked Up From My Time as a Female Human Being

@iknowright Also very important eyebrow related business: make sure you go to A Reputable Professional. One time, I went to this shadier lady, and she certainly made my eyebrows look identical to one another, but that's because she waxed and trimmed them into perfect, evenly thick, upside down arcs. I looked like a cartoon character for three months until enough hair grew back to fix it. It's on my graduate student ID! NEVER AGAIN

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm 1

On The Lazy Person's Guide to Canning

@Porn Peddler One of my friends ate pickles from a jar that had an outie lid (store-bought!) and I freaked out and made him call the poison control center immediately. A kindly nurse informed us that acidic things like most jams and pickles will never develop botulism because the environment is too acidic. You still get food poisoning though!

Botulism mostly will live in low or no-acid environments like tomato and meat sauces, vegetable things that aren't pickled etc.

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm 1

On Your 2012 Baby Name Guide: Miss America Contestant Edition

@frigwiggin @daisy razor these all sound like harry potter wizards

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 9:38 am 1

On Coming to Terms With Your Happiness

@missupright where did his teeth go?!

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 2:43 pm 2