I’m Spoiling Myself This Year

I’ve told you before that I spent a good two years at this job without taking virtually any vacation breaks. But this year, with a paper in the works, I’m spoiling myself. We’ve sent our revised manuscript back to the reviewers and now, as I wait for their reply, I’m on holidays again. For four weeks. I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. I haven’t had this much time off since Junior year in high school.

Unfortunately there will be no exotic or far distant travels in the cards this year. Today, I’m off to Italy to spend two weeks by the beach, which is just fine with me. Then I’m back to Germany, and it’s in the car to pop down to Romania to visit my boyfriend’s family in the countryside of Moldovia. I think I’ll be just fine.

And first on my relaxation list is this little beauty, that my colleague gave me as a submission/oh-my-god-youre-finally-going-on-vacation present. She knows me so well.



I’ve been telling people for years, since I was 17 actually, that coloring is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic things there is. The only problem is that coloring books for children are often far too easy for adults, so they can become understimulating, boring and thus the therapeutic quality of it turns into frustration. What we need, I would say, is a coloring book for grown ups. And here it is.

It’s a marine inspired one too, because she knows my pet passion is marine biology. Aw bless. I might have to dedicate this one to PZ Myers when I’m through with it.



But I’m definitely starting with this one.



So many tiny little shapes. I’m so excited.


  1. says

    Have a great time and remember that for people outside of Europe your destinations would be distant and exotic.
    Me, I hate colouring books, but I already hated them as a child. I’m glad for all those who genuinely like them that there are so many nice ones out there.

  2. says

    If you look on Ebay there are a couple places that sell naughty word coloring books for the terminally hip. So you can color in “FUCK YOURSELF” really prettily. I gave one to a friend and she’s been having a lot of fun with it. I think my favorite was “I need you like a fish needs a fucking bicycle”

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