After four years in China, I moved to Colorado for grad school, then spent 2012 doing my Shanghai research - mostly chasing three-wheeled carts piled high with plastic bottles and old wood. I'm writing an ethnography of migrant people doing (informal) recycling. Training to be a cultural geographer, I see the world as weird, beautiful, diverse, and not doomed. Teaching is my favorite part of being an academic.
My social life this past year was nicely compact. I pulled weeds and snipped eggplants for a farmshare in Lyons. I kept busy connecting with family and appreciating my friends.
Reading enneagrams (inveterate type seven) has made me even more curious and outgoing around people. It's fun being a little bower bird on okcupid. Mindfulness and living in the present are challenges I like. Really though!