I've never been happy with the blog design as it used to be, and I've been tempted to switch over to wordpress because all of the blogs just seem to look better (probably due to better templates - or because wordpress exudes a modernist aesthetic I enjoy). So I decided to mess around this one a bit, and if you are reading this right around the publish date of this post, then you probably see part of an elephant's face.
Since my current research is centering around animals (and their connections and relationships with my own species), an elephant seemed appropriate. I didn't see any pictures of cats in the blogger background image arsenal, but that's probably for the best; I don't need more help in kindling my image as a crazy cat lady. I have one professor sending me cat videos to cheer me up from getting rejected from JET, and another asking me for advice on the behavior of her cat. Not to mention whenever I tell people about my current research, all they seem to remember is that I'm interested in cats (but I'm not an animal behaviorist or a veterinarian).
Speaking of my honors thesis (which is about cats, to be clear), I have three presentations coming up that I'll post about soon. To say I've been busy applying to grad school, applying and interviewing for programs in Japan, doing fieldwork at an animal shelter, and writing my thesis, is a bit of an understatement. I also try to find time to do the readings for my classes and give attention to my ever-demanding feline who shares my bed with me. Oh, and do laundry. Sometimes.