Oh Summer. I could write so many love letters to you. You’re going to be great.


June was busy. We spent the beginning of it packing up our old apartment, then moving, and then unpacking our things into our new space. We moved thinking that we would be in Montreal for 5 years, but found out 1 week before we moved that my contract wasn’t being extended. In science so much of our work is based around funding. The answer to many of your questions will inevitably be “YES! Of course, we just need to apply for funding…I’ll get back to you in 6 months”. If you work in a lab with lots of money, this isn’t a problem for you, but if you work in a lab that doesn’t have so much money, getting a grant is everything. And everyone that works for that lab depends on it. That’s why you see so many grad students, like my husband. They don’t get paid as much as professionals, and often bring their own funding to the projects they work on.

Anyway, to make a long story short. My boss didn’t get the funding he needed to hire me for 5 years, meaning my contract is finished next year (maybe in January or maybe in June) and Paul and I need to move again.

The silver lining? Paul is finishing his PhD this December and is currently looking for a Postdoc. So really, we’re in a good position to switch places again. The timing isn’t so bad. And we’re the strange kind of couple that can just go with the flow.

Food-wise, I spent my time using up what we had in the cupboards. My favorite recipe that I made would have to be my Sundried Tomato and Olive Pizza Bread.

Sundried Tomato and Olive Pizza Bread

But for dessert you should definitely try this Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake too.

Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake

I also baked and cooked a little from other food bloggers as well. Below are the recipes I made and loved:
Raw Veggie Collard Wraps by Edible Perspective
Blueberry Muffins with Almond Crumb Topping by Oh Lady Cakes
Fried Pickles by She Wears Many Hats
Extra Fluffy Blueberry Almond Pancakes by Sweet Peas and Saffron

Food Blog Discoveries!

(1) Renée Kemps. Renée posts the most gorgeous recipes and since discovering her I’ve pinned every single one! I’m currently crushing on her twisted cinnamon rolls. They are everything I want mornings to be about.


(2) Happy Hearted Kitchen. I love the photography on this blog. Not only does Jodi post awesome whole food recipes, but she highlights some snippets of her life in the French Alps. Her writing is beautiful and it’s recipes like this Roasted Spring Leeks + Toasty Farro with Pesto that keep me coming back.


Other June Stuff?

I went to see Shania Twain!! Performing her last concert ever. Omg…so much emotion.

T.V. and Movies:
-Season 3 of Orange is the New Black was incredible.
-Season 2 of True Detective. I fell asleep during the second episode. I’m really hoping it picks up soon.
-Season 1 of Masters of Sex. Love, love, love.
-Season 1 of The Good Wife. I hopped on this train waaaay too late.
-If I could describe the movie Jurassic World in two words, it would simply be “too much”. Whoa fight scenes, whoa dinosaurs everywhere, whoa…just whoa.
Inside Out was the cutest movie I’ve seen all year.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. This book was a delight. Funny and broken up into little stories that I read before bed. I really adored it.
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison. An interesting read and really well written. The narrator is complex, flawed, and relatable as well, which I appreciated, but at the end of it I still thought “meh”.
When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord. I just started this book! Very excited to dig in.

Well, that’s it! Pass me a margarita!

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16 Responses to June Things

  1. I really wanted to try those blueberry muffins from Oh, Ladycakes! So I’m definitely giving those a go now that I know you loved them. And awesome blog recs, checking those out 🙂

  2. Moving again won’t be so bad .. hopefully you’ll get to move to a cool city! and LOVE your Lemon Rhubarb Bundt Cake!! Trying it!

  3. Cakespy says:

    ha! I love summer too. I giggled about Jurassic World and I too adored Inside out. Sorry about having to move…but gosh, it will feel great once you’re unpacked!

  4. Sues says:

    In love with those twisted cinnamon rolls- they look gorgeous! And I can’t wait to see Inside Out 🙂

  5. How frustrating! I don’t know that I would be able to roll with the punches as easily as you do, thank goodness it works out though! I’m with you, summer has been FANTASTIC so far, and I pretty much never want it to end…

  6. What a whirlwind month!! I hope you all get settled back down again soon and can enjoy summer.
    I saw the new Jurassic Park, and was like “WOAH” the whole time too. I liked it, but it was a whole bucket of “Woah”.

  7. Zainab says:

    I had no idea your hubs was a grad student as well. First of all sorry about the contract..I get it. It’s so sad that SO much depends on getting a grant. I’m about to start my post doc hunt as well as I am so freaking scared it will be miserable. Everyone wants you to bring your own money but yet the fellowships you can apply to as postdocs are so limited and competitive. Oieee! Wishing you guys luck! Moving for his post doc will be exciting and I’m sure a good change for you. PS: Thanks for those two blog suggestions. Both are new to me and I LOVE their pictures.

  8. Oh, good luck with the upcoming transition–it can be so hard to depend on grants (the same at my work, too) but change can be exciting, too 🙂 Excited to see where you two land!

  9. Love how you just go with the flow! Good luck with everything and that sundried tomato bread is on my list to make!

  10. I know exactly what you mean, some time ago I lived with my best friend. She also works in a lab, and her life was so uncertain, I admire her so much. She is so passionate and sadly fundings come..and go.
    It looks like you are in a good place for a few months at least.

  11. Jodi says:

    Katrina! Thank you so much for the shout out! Wow, you’ve seriously made my day! (week!) We’re traveling at the moment, and it’s pretty rainy up here in Sweden, that photo of your ice cream cone is making me drool! Here’s hoping it warm and sunny where you are, and the evenings aren’t lacking in cold drinks! Cheers, lady xx

  12. Joanne says:

    So I guess your boss not getting funding is kind of a good thing? It’s the same way here in the US, by the way. SO STRESSFUL.

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