This blog is titled 'Research and Beyond' for a reason. As my Twitter followers already know, @MIKendrick94 does not always post research-exclusive things. Sometimes I post things that are political, creative, feminist, or outside my field (STEM subjects, specifically). That is, in essence, because my journey as a PhD student and an academic-in-training is holistic.… Continue reading Why This Blog is not Purely Academic
Recently I discovered a video series about a Professional Cook hired in a noble's kitchen in the Victorian Era. Her name was Mrs Crocombe, and her cookbook survived long enough to be preserved by history academics, where it is now put into practice to re-create old recipes for posterity. Out of curiosity, I watched the… Continue reading Historic Recipes from Mrs Crocombe
A little rant about my apartment community. As an apartment renter I maintain my right to come and go from my residence without befriending or even communicating with my neighbours. Particularly if said neighbours hold their conversations outside my door where I can hear more than I ever wanted to. I know about your… Continue reading The Right to Undisturbed Peace
Here is a handful of recipes that, for whatever reason (Upbringing? Happy memories?) I have as my list of comfort foods. Black Carrot Roast Black carrots, peeled and sliced into round pieces (not as sweet as orange carrot) Half a shallot (Peeled into large slices) Half a brown onion (Peeled into large slices) Pinch of… Continue reading Comfort Food
That feeling When your linen-scented clothes Are pulled, damp but not dripping from the laundry machine. Soft, clean, and wrinkled they bring a moment of happiness As you carry them to the line to dry in the gentle breeze.
I could remain detached from my research community, unbiased and removed from the day-to-day activities. Or, I could utilize my social conscience and identify that, when a manager is 'suspicious' of my anonymous participants being members of their staff and attempts to interrogate them to gain a confession, I can step in. On the one… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing
I'm not going to lie, readers, this PhD has been emotionally harder than I anticipated. The work itself isn't the hard part. The hard part is sitting opposite someone as they begin to cry over how their management makes them feel terrible every day. The place that the individual spends most of their time reduces… Continue reading Difficult Days
The past few weeks I've been spending my free time watching DIY videos. How to paint a wall. How to install tiles. How to make a wooden box. How to prepare soil for a garden. The friendly instruction provided by professional tradespeople, accompanied by a demonstration and un-intrusive music, is very calming. They competently perform… Continue reading The Homey Comfort of DIY Videos