Wellness, Productivity, Balance for Graduate Students and Beyond

Friday Fun - Protect Your Eyes, Feed Your Brain, Cupcakes!

Another week done and dusted - and the official one year anniversary of my Pokemon Go obsession. What's that, you say? You were positive that no one was still playing? Well, I'm Dr. Katy Peplin and I still play on a daily basis. Nice to make your acquaintance. 

I have a client who has been working around some significant eye strain, which serves as a good reminder to us all that staring at a computer screen all day may not feel taxing, but does take a toil on your eyes. Try following the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, focus your eyes for at least 20 seconds on something at least 20 feet away. 

If you need something non-digital to do, may I suggest reading a book for fun? My new year's resolution the last year of my PhD was to start reading again for fun, and although it took me a few months to get the hang of reading for fun again (it is a completely different skill!) I am now back up to my old, insatiable reading ways. Follow along with me at Goodreads if you'd like, although don't judge too harshly, because as I write this, I am currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (I re-read the whole Harry Potter series every year in July to celebrate Harry's birthday) and the third installment in Warrior Cats, which follows the challenges of Rusty, a former housecat who leaves the comfort of his pampered "kittypet" life to become a warrior of the Thundercat clan. I am personally trying to read as many books by women and writers of color as I can this year and am always looking for recommendations! 

After what I would describe as a moderately successful flag cake made last week, I am now on the hunt for cupcakes and other desserts to break up the long, hot, summer days. These cupcakes are a perennial favorite - make sure to get ripe peaches! - or maybe we should all just go to the Cheesecake Factory and get this....