Venturing forth

Hello there, internet.

It looks like I’m almost as awkward at introducing myself online as I am in person.  So let’s start with the basics: who, what, and why.

The title of this blog covers the who: Crazy Grad Mama, that’s me.  Those three words capture the most essential things you need to know about me at this time in my life.

mama — My beautiful baby must have known I was thinking of him, because he woke up and started babbling loudly to himself just as I started typing this sentence.

grad — I’ve been in graduate school longer than I attended any other individual school in my entire life.  (I moved during elementary school, so that’s not quite as bad as it sounds.)  At least I get paid.

crazy — Unfortunately, I don’t mean this in the “wild and fun” sense.  There’s a lot going on in my head, ranging from problematic personality quirks – (perfectionism, extreme introversion) to really serious stuff (postpartum depression, regular ol’ clinical depression, anxiety).

The what is pretty obvious: it’s a blog!  Expect posts about parenting, depression, academia, and anything else that happens to be on my mind.

As for the why, it’s because I’m hoping that the exercise of regularly blogging will help me sort out the thoughts running around in my head and get me in the habit of writing (which might be helpful for that whole finishing-a-PhD-thesis thing).  And because I’ve been thinking, “I really want to blog” for over a year.  Maybe I’ll write profound and interesting things that other people will find helpful and worth reading, maybe not.  I’ll have to stick around to find out.