This is me.

March 12, 2016
I'm currently a grad student in the physical sciences, I'm a bit old for a master's student, but I took a few years off for a job in Germany. Honestly, it wasn't a great experience, although it did allow me to do some great traveling I'm not sure I would have been to do in my 20s otherwise!

Now I've returned to grad school, settled back into life in the US, and am looking forwards to what the future holds!

I chose the name Sugar and Spikes because I'm a nerdy girl with a bit of an edge that's usually hidden under sweaters.
I lift weights, wish I had more things with sparkles, listen to heavy metal, have no idea what I'm doing with make up, program in a couple languages, and still have my childhood stuffed animals.

I once used my blanket fort building skills to rig up a mosquito net in India, was almost declared bureaucratically dead in Germany, saw a goddess in Kathmandu and hung out with some skeletons outside of Prague. I have made  holograms and worked on a manuscript that detailed how to summon devils. I've drank Mikkeller Black on tap, seen one of the world's most powerful lasers fire, and experienced one very small earthquake.

My life is full of grad school, lopsided sunburns, lazy evenings streaming tv shows, weird beer, red curry, and electric blankets. I think about food a lot, occasionally devour books and vacuum less than I should.

I started this blog to help me:

+ find more happiness in my day to day life
+ set goals and achieve them
+ cultivate my hobbies
+ have more adventures
+ find what works for me rather than jumping on trends

If that sounds like you, join me for the ride!

I also blog at

I just realize there's someone riding a cannon in the bottom left of this photo.


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