Family Planning for Dummies

When I had dreams about suddenly getting pregnant, I was overcome with this feeling of the end of the world. My heart sank, my hands started sweating, and I felt completely hollow. Nothing made sense any more, my life was over… Then I woke up, still sweaty, heart throbbing but happy it was just a dream.
I guess, if you are not an all hormonal teeny, who has absolutely no experience in whatsoever except for driving his or her parent crazy, you are going to question having kids as well as you question every other important, life-changing matter or question. Some of married friends often tell me that they are not that thrilled about getting children. “It’s such a responsibility.” “My life will completely change.” “I don’t even know, if I can do it.” I heard this a lot. In my own mind! If you have a normal life with daily routine, responsibilities at work and at home, your friend circle, it is extremely difficult to deliberately put it all at risk for having a baby. Because, let’s face it, you never know what it’s going to be like.
Continue reading Family Planning for Dummies

The Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

I have been to a lot of conferences over the past years, some of them being really comfy workshops for a very closed community and others being huge machineries with thousands of participants and attendees. My first international conference was a mixture of a closed community and attendees from all over the world. The name of the conference is Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing and in 2011 it was organized by the Stanford University in Palo Alto. This conference has a reputation for very strict peer-reviewing, therefore, my boss was against my applying there with the topic of my current project. He didn’t want to take chances with our common work, so I decided to apply on my own with the topic of my MA thesis. As it was not work-related, I also could not get the funding from the DFG in case I got accepted. So I also applied for a conference grant at the Academic Staff development and eventually won it.
Continue reading The Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing

A Beach House

My first visit to America was over three years ago. At the time, I was almost three months pregnant, so we decided that my husband should go with me. We went to California, where I was to attend two great conferences (I’ll write about each of them later), and spent three unforgettable weeks there. The first and the last week I was busy at the conferences presenting my posters, but the second week we spent travelling.
Continue reading A Beach House

My Hair Care Favorites

Actually, I love my hair. This is the second part of my body that I am completely satisfied with (I’ll tell you about the first one sometime later). I mean, of course it could be thicker, heavier or whatever, but I love it as it is. Although it doesn’t really need extensive care, from time to time I love to do something special for my hair. Looking for a special treat, I came across two hair masks that are just perfect for giving my hair that famous last touch.
Continue reading My Hair Care Favorites