There’s benefits and challenges to working in an academic setting. It can be hard to take time off during the year, if not impossible, and we don’t get summers “off” the way actual teachers do. Luckily, it’s much easier to take time off in the summer for rest or travel or if you get sick, as our household recently did.

At the end of June I managed to take time off to visit my sister in Denver on my way to a conference in San Francisco. Sadly, the trip was cut short, and we missed a game at Coors Field, because weather in Baltimore grounded my flight and it was 36 hours before my rebooked flight. We had a great time anyway, sampling beers and walking around in an unusually warm Denver summer, plus short trips to Golden, Boulder, and Fort Collins. Between our grad school programs, relocations, and my recent wedding, it’s been a while since we’ve just gotten some quality sister/sister time, so even a shortened trip was a nice break.

I did manage to squeeze in a game with some friends at AT&T Park while I was in San Francisco, though sadly, the Giants lost. The weather was gorgeous and I had a great conference as well as getting to see and sample some of the city. There’s never enough time in San Francisco so I was extra-grateful for our trip last Christmas and all the stories from my parents – I didn’t feel quite as hectic as I might have otherwise. You can see a few pictures from this trip on Flickr at

In August I have a beach week coming up with my family, and then a wedding back again in the Denver area, before school starts at the end of the month. Of course the wedding fun continues with three more in September, which is going to be … hectic to say the least. Guess we started a trend!