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Prime number!

Posted by admin on Jul 22, 2012 in Educational

(With apologies to my dad, who was a product of his time and didn’t mean it.)

It’s been an interesting few weeks, what with Marissa Mayer’s appointment as the new CEO of Yahoo! followed swiftly by her announcement that she’s pregnant and plans to take hardly any or no maternity leave, and Thora Arnorsdottir challenging (and losing) the Icelandic presidency with a four-week-old child.

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Ten months without sleep

Posted by rosanne on Dec 3, 2009 in Administrivia

I delivered on my first major deadlines at work in the last few weeks. And spent my evenings making a website for my Dad. And somewhere in there, I nursed and played with my little girl — although, truth be told, her Dad did most of that. And as a result, I got run down and eventually ill, but I kept on turning up to work and I kept on dragging myself out of bed in the middle of the night. Read more…

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Sugar and spice

Posted by rosanne on Oct 15, 2009 in Challenges, Educational

Every single day, someone mistakes my daughter for a boy. Why? In part, because “boy” is the default category. In part, because she isn’t dressed in pink, doesn’t have pierced ears and is not sporting one of those lacy bands around her forehead (ugh). It happened again this week, at the pool, because she was wearing a lime green swimsuit that (shock, horror) only covered her bottom. All the other girls were in pink, either one-pieces or two-piece bikinis (for 8-month-old babies!!). It’s just part of a bigger story about gender, stereotypes, Caster Semenya and why she matters, girls’ toys and boys’ toys, and why it’s a big, big mess waiting to happen. Read more…

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Work/life balance: guilt, boredom and mastitis

Posted by rosanne on Aug 10, 2009 in Challenges, Work/Life Balance

Today was my first day of paid work in about seven months. My last day was December 19, conveniently just before the holiday break, so I cheated and had five weeks off before the birth rather than come back for two days in January only to leave again. My baby was six months old about two weeks ago. The timing is pretty perfect actually: the final government payment (“baby bonus”, as it’s called) went into our bank account last week. We need something to replace it as my partner is going to be the stay-at-home Dad, and I’m to be the income earner. Read more…

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