Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday #67: Touching Base

Well, aren't I just the worst blogger?  I'm sorry to have been away from this space for so long.  To be honest with you all, I've been struggling with inspiration to blog.  I'm try to change this by starting a new journal and planning for this space.  Notice physical changes as well?  You know I keep changes subtle and the layout here minimal, but I wanted the space to be inviting for me and you to visit.  Also, hello to the new readers who have found this space!  Rather than recounting What-I-Did-This-Week, I want to use this post to touch base.  


I've lived in Seattle and been at my new job for nearly two months now.  After graduating with my Ph.D., I moved with my advisor to start as a postdoc in the new labs.  A bulk of my coworkers are the same so that hasn't been the biggest stress factor.  The new work culture and institution are both wonderful; everyone has been incredibly welcoming and friendly.  The most stressful part has been moving ahead on science and deadlines whilst setting things up in the new space.  I want to spend this year learning as much biology as possible so it also means adding more projects to my deck.  On the one hand, I'm much happier having a lot to do over nothing to do.  On the other hand, I really come to value my weekends off a lot more than I did in graduate school for decompression.


Have you heard of Seattle Freeze?  I learned about this social phenomenon within a week of moving here where people are polite, but not perceived as friendly or warm.  It's initially jarring, coming from L.A., where everyone is always talking to you.  I'm slowly meeting people through work, but I spend most of my spare time by myself.  It was a little isolating at first, but now that work is starting to pick up, I'm really enjoying my me time.  I love living alone, especially after five years of roommates.  Rent is far more expensive, but I'm completely in love with my space. 


It's been hard to meet models for photography in Seattle.  I've had about a 33% success rate in accruing new and inspiring subjects.  However, I've been able to work with a local Seattle model who is incredibly creative and we've created some great photos together!  You can peep them on my photography Instagram @alyseliangphoto.  I'll start posting some photoshoots on here again as I am working on reconstructing my photography website.  My friend Olivia told me about a Facebook group called Seattle Open Shoots so I'm going to find models there to improve my portfolio.   

Well, this post was a whole lot of text!  I need to get back into blogging more so my goal is to have at least one post up a week, whether that be photography, musings, or favorites posts.  I'm going to start carrying my camera around a few days a week so I can capture images when inspiration strikes!  Hope you'll stick around.  


  1. I've not heard of Seattle Freeze, it must be quite a difference from LA I imagine! It's definitely all politeness here and no chatter so I think I'd be out of place if people are talking to me all the time. Good luck with the models, hopefully you will find someone fun :) always love your portraits!

  2. Glad to hear work is going well! Moving to a new city alone would be really hard, but it sounds like you're killing it. I want to hear more about your Seattle adventures!

  3. This is a nice little catch up, and I'm loving the layout. I highly recommend carrying your camera around and shooting whatever. I do that often. I suppose, welcome back?

  4. WOW! I can't believe it has been two months since you've moved out. It's pretty cool that you've adjusted to Seattle the best you can. Seattle is always gloomy so the Seattle Freeze makes sense. You better not blend in with that vibe! Pretty cool that you've found some models in Seattle!

    Nancy ♥

  5. I never knew Seattle Freeze was a thing! Moving to a new city is already hard, but it must be especially tough adjusting to to somewhere completely different to what you're used to.

    I definitely need to start blogging more as well. There was a time when I carried my camera with me at all times, maybe I should get back into the habit!