-// Me // –
I’m Josephine. A friend once described me as ‘quirky — but in an endearing way’1, which I think sums me up nicely. I’m Swedish (not that that means much of anything), but currently living in a small village outside Oxford (UK), which allows for nice walks across the countryside and along the canals. I’m quite fond of reading, but it’s always science blogs, so my bookshelf is not as impressive as you’d think. As a result, I know a little about a lot, which is positively useless — especially when you realise success is not built on knowledge, but rather the lack thereof. My greatest joy in life is buying second-hand silver-plated tea-spoons, and second to that is to drink tea. Strangely, I find that British tea is undrinkable2, and I bring it with me from Sweden, where the tea is good.
1. I think it’s just a nice way of saying ‘weird, but all right’, which, never the less, sums me up nicely.
2. My sister, accurately, likened it to ‘swampy water’.
-// Science //-
I used to collect froglets as a child and keep in a makeshift glass-jar terrarium. My mother didn’t like that, so I started breeding guppies instead.3 By a twisted route my interest in nature made me end up in science, which is perhaps not too surprising. I used to think of scientists as more than human: supernaturally intelligent and unhumanly selfless, but have since realised that scientists are just people — as am I.
I came to England to do a 4-year undergraduate degree (MSci) in Genetics at University College London, where it dawned on me that my passion may not as much be the doing of science, but rather the philosophy thereof. Since actions are more fruitful than thoughts, I nevertheless continued on to do a Master’s degree by research at the University of Cambridge, working on a project in molecular microbiology. I then continued on to the University of Oxford, where I am now, working on a doctorate project on secretory cell biology, using the fruit fly as a model.
3. She didn’t like that either. Possibly because it also involved a million little jars — filled with guppies rather than froglets.
-// Food //-
My mother is an amazing cook, so I always had amazing food growing up. To keep eating amazing food away from home, I had develop my own cooking skills. After six years of living on my own, I think I have finally gotten the hang of it.4 The secret to good cooking seems to be to substitute soy sauce for salt and to add a glug of balsamic vinegar to just about anything. I can’t follow a recipe if my life so depended on it, since I have quite an ‘artistic’ nature5. As a result, I have a collection of homecrafted recipes that I thought I’d share on this blog — in case there are more people out there who like quick-to-make and good food. : )
4. I haven’t set the smoke alarm off in years!
5. ‘Artistic’ = ‘disorganised’
-// Kaprifolia // –
In other words, this blog is about a little bit of everything: such as small things and pondersome things and other things. As is life. : )