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  1. Fiona

    ooh yay! Office! which building? *stalks*

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    OOOOOOOH CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you! I am too scared to even go back and get my Masters!

  3. Jess

    Yuck, Cheetos are gross regardless if they are baked or deep fried in poly-trans-super-fats. Though I do love me some Amy’s.
    P.S. Really? No Cheetos in Australia? Our mega-corps haven’t reached there yet??

  4. Kath Lockett

    That Clif bar rather uncomfortably reminds me to go and buy some metamucil…..

  5. Johanna

    if you can get a desk before you even start your phd then you are 90% of the way there – many students can’t even get this far (I know desk space where I am is at a premium) – congratulations on the scholarship – I am sure it will take you somewhere interesting

  6. L-Izzle

    It means “once in a while”…. try using it in a sentence today!

  7. theresa

    Yayayay! Also — Sunchips used to be my favourite junk food. Possibly because they had the word “Sun” in the title, and also looked like they were made with wholemeal flour, so I convinced myself they were vaguely healthy. Never saw cinnamon though, they sound delicious.

  8. gmasydney

    Congratulations and good luck. I know you’ll do well. (I hope your desk is on the north side!)

  9. Louise

    A desk before you start really is a major coup. After 12 years of working in the public hospital system, I now accidentally have a desk. Congratulations you. Let us know the topic when it finds you.

  10. hungryandfrozen

    Congratulations on your scholarship! How very Mad Men – your own office! American food is so fascinating…I’ve never seen cinnamon flavoured chips before.

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Congratulations Hannah! That is brilliant news! I’m so happy for you! Ben & Jerrys for everyone! 😀

  12. Tammy McLeod

    Congratulations Hannah! That’s huge and a step that I’ve contemplated for myself for a few years. Must admit that your snack selection bothered me. ;-}

  13. Simply Life

    Congrats! That is wonderful and exciting news!!!

    ~And yes, canned tomatoes work perfectly in salsa!

  14. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That’s so fantastic! When do I get to start calling you Dr. Hannah? Better to get in the habit early, eh? 😀 😀 😀

    Haha, it IS a shame you can’t schedule epiphanies, isn’t it?!

    I love Amy’s, and Clif bars…I do not love Cheetos…
    But you might find this funny, you know the roe they put atop sushi such as California rolls (you have those there?), the tiny orangey-ness? I have a friend that calls it Cheeto-dust. The resemblance really is uncanny.

  15. thehungryscholar

    Thanks for the giveaway reminder and CONGRATS. What field are you in, again? Sorry…It is early and I’m in shambles…and I forget things 🙂

  16. whisperinggums

    Does this mean that you’ll stop visiting us at home to use our internet facilities? That’s not good! Seriously though, congratulations from the bottom of my and L-Engineer’s hearts – as of course you know already.

  17. BitterSweet

    Congrats, that’s such an accomplishment!! Hope it doesn’t interrupt your very important blogging duties, though. 😉

    And I know what you mean about Amy’s meals… I tend to keep them on hand for those days where I’d rather go outside and eat grass than cook something. I have yet to find one that I truly dislike, but my favorite is definitely the mataar tofu. Mmmm…

  18. croquecamille


    I have to say that adding an extra e to the word sweetmakes me infinitely less likely to purchase something. Sweeet is usually not what I’m looking for.

    And I was previously unaware of these “baked” chee-tos. Chee-tos are one of my guiltiest pleasures, neon-orange fingers and all.

  19. Lauren

    Make sure your office is decorated with souvenirs from the U.S., Europe, Japan, etc. so those undergrads know just how worldly you are. My East Asian Studies professors had the best offices. For example, next to the typical scrolls and calligraphy, one had a big old Godzilla poster.

    Oh, and I was in a boring grocery store the other day, so my chocolate choices were less varied. I settled on Lindt milk chocolate with whole pistachios. Which had ZERO TASTE OF PISTACHIO! Might as well have been a burnt rice krispie in there. I could have sworn you reviewed it, but I don’t believe you have! Whether it’s because you haven’t eaten it, or you’ve eaten it and disliked it, my advice is: Don’t expect pistachio.

  20. Jess

    Your own office. YOUR OWN OFFICE. YOUR OWN OFFICE?!!! That’s it, I’m transferring to ANU. I shouldn’t have to put up with just this “pod” of mine. Half the staff at my institute were poached from ANU, so there must be plenty of empty offices for me to choose from!

  21. Hannah

    Fiona: I’m thinking that’s the kind of information I won’t post on the Internet 😉 But I’ll happily let you know my building and room number via other mediums, for maximum stalkerage!

    Lisa: Thank you! But don’t think too highly of me – I’m too scared to try and find a non-academic job! 😉

    Jess: We probably have the normal Cheetos, but not the pseudo-“healthy” baked kind. Don’t worry, your mega-corps are all over the place here! :S

    Kath: *laughs* My thoughts exactly.

    Johanna: Thank you! At the moment there’s not much point my being there as I have no computer or log-in access, but it’ll be good for meeting with students. Come September, it all starts for real!

    L-Izzle: Mentos – the Fresh Maker!

    Theresa: Have you tried the Aussie version? Grainwaves, I think? The original flavour is vegan (I’m fairly certain it’s just grains and oil and salt). Maybe we could buy those and dip them in cinnamon sugar? 😀

    GmaSydney: Thank you! All I care about is that it has a heater 🙂

    Louise: Thank you – I didn’t realise my desk was such a boon! Hurrah for the admin staff! The problem is I’ve found several topics, and I can’t decide if any of them are viable…

    HungryandFrozen: Thank you! Oooh, if only my world were like Mad Men. That would make me Very Very Happy Indeed. (I want Joan’s wardrobe. And her curves. Not her husband, though.)

  22. Hannah

    Lorraine: Thank you! Sadly only you Sydney and Melbourne peeps actually have access to B&J…

    Tammy: Don’t worry, these were my snack choices three years ago. I spent my first semester in the states trying all the processed junk, and then I swore off it all. Things have changed a fair bit now, i.e. no processed trans fats for me! 😀

    Simply Life: Thank you!

    Amber: I’d prefer you call me Dreamboat, but I guess I can’t be picky. 😀 And thanks… I’ll never be able to look at Westernized sushi the same way again… 😉 (P.S. I actually have no memory of eating the Cheetos. I must be good at blocking out the bad stuff.)

    TheHungryScholar: No worries! Good luck in the comp! I’m in Sociology – I spent my entire life dedicated to English, then for some reason (I still don’t know why – brain glitch?) I switched to Sociology in my final year. I miss literature!!

    Whisperinggums: Don’t worry, I’m sure we can work out some continued family+internet times together 😀 I’m happy to hear you don’t mind my doing that, though! Love!

    Bittersweet: Thank you! And it better not – blogging is far more worthwhile than studying 😉 And wowzingers!! I actually originally typed in the Amy’s caption that the mataar tofu, with the dahl and the spiced rice, was my number one favourite! I deleted it because the caption was getting super long, but mataar lovers unite!

    Camille: *laughs* Oh, how I love having fellow language/grammar/proofreading devotees by my side! It makes life so sweeeeeeet.

    Lauren: I’m so terrible when it comes to decorating. My room at the new place still looks like a bombed jail cell. Sigh. I just lack the visual skills for it! We don’t have the pistachio lindt here in Aus and I don’t remember seeing it here. The lack of pistachio flavour is a real danger with such chocolates, though! I say keep an eye on this blog in the coming hours, though… 😉

    Jess: Ooooh, where are you? Give us back our academics!!! (Particularly if they’re English academics. Ours are dropping at an alarming rate.) My office is quite small, and I believe will become miniscule once the other student I’m sharing with arrives. I doubt it’ll be much bigger than a pod, really!

  23. Vaala ◪

    Ooo, exciting!!! A Phd sounds ridiculously fancy. Don’t you get to wear a floppy hat when you graduate? My friend joked that he didn’t go to his graduation because he thought the hat was too silly for him to wear.

    You can buy a frozen tofu scramble? But you can make one from scratch in about 10 minutes anyway!

    What are your favourite clif bar flavours? My local sports store is ordering me a box of one flavour (the healthfood store doesn’t sell them any more so I have to resort to a sports store!) and I don’t know which one I want (they only stock 3 flavours and I’m not big fans of them)!

  24. Jess

    Haha they’re definitely not English academics. I wish at least some of them were; they would be fascinating to talk to (especially to have a nice break from talking about neuroscience), although I’m not quite sure what they would be doing in our institute – collaborating on language studies? We do have a few people researching language…

    I’m at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. At least 5 of our lab heads were poached directly from ANU to found the QBI (including the director and deputy director of the institute). My cognitive neuroscience lab was all poached from the University of Melbourne though. So in summary; a lot of poaching was done.

  25. Hannah

    Vaala: I hope so, seeing as I missed my graduation last year! (Travel beats pompous ceremonies any day in my book.) Keep in mind I’d never even heard of tofu scramble before I found this in the US, so it was exciting! True story. Eek, answering that Clif Bar question is pressure-ful. First tell me what the flavours you don’t like are, then I’ll see what I might recommend 🙂

    Jess: Well, you all must be very moist and succulent then 😉 I also love that you work at a Brain Institute. I’m imagining walking into a building with enormous, 3×5 metre floating brains in liquid-filled cylinders (like building columns) everywhere. Don’t ask me where you get the enormous brains from. YOU’RE the Science person.

  26. Agnes

    YAY congrats!! And are you doing your PhD topic in chocolate? Surely you can work it in somehow. 😉

  27. Hannah

    Agnes: Thank you! I know you think that’s a joke, but I honest-to-goodness wrote my 28,000 word Honours thesis on ethical consumption purely because I wanted to write about chocolate. And I did. And it is possibile that I’ll continue with that for my PhD… 😀

  28. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    omg, I disappear from internet access (again) and this is what happens in my absence? I should disappear more often! HOORAY HUZZAH FOR YOU!!! I’m not at all surprised but still…. WOOT WOOT!

    Some may call you crazy for voluntarily entering into this ambitious pursuit, but what is life without craziness? If there were no crazy people, there would be no Cheetos.

  29. Hannah

    Conor: What doesn’t happen is my replying to your latest wonderful email… oops! I’m sorry! Life = busy-scattered-brain at the moment! And thank you 🙂 I very much like your take on the matter, except for one thing: please don’t disappear more often.