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Amanda Heidt  Wander-lusty, food-centric, adventure-seeking, climbing-obsessed marine scientist living a life of Factor-2 fun.

https://atlas.mlml.calstate.edu/

If you think putting sheets on a regular bed is hard, try doing it in a car.

Got to present mah science yesterday at the @MossLandingMarineLabs scholarship awards ceremony. Very thankful to everyone who came out in support of marine science and specifically to the Simpkins Family for their contribution to my work. Just...please don't ask me anything about it until tomorrow, because the proposal is due today.

Other people: "Omg it's summer!! Wooooooo"
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Grad Students (Me):
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@mosslandingmarinelabs #BreakingGrad #mosslandingmarinelabs
#ThesisTime

How far down the rabbit hole does the natural spring go? Longer than the shortest arm present. @onechicktravels

I've been really, really stressed lately in my professional life; feeling out-of-sorts and not as capable as I know myself to be. It makes it really hard to put in the effort and the hours.
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But, I'm really fortunate to be able to do what I do where I do it, and I think sometimes in the down times it's easy to look out the window and feel bitter towards the view (Ocean, I'm just trying to help you and you make it so difficult!). But even worse is to not look out at all.
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So, even though I don't really have the time and I'm totally procrastinating, I took a few photos of some year-old abalone we received from @montereyabalone for our #mlmlopenhouse2017. They're probably about the size of your thumb nail. They get their color based on their diet (so red is red algae and green is brown algae).
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If you're thinking the quality is kind of missing compared to my older photos from the Hawaii cruise, it's just a serious demotion in the camera I'm using. I filtered them all to hell, but I kind of enjoyed how surreal they look this way.
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And getting back to the joy of it was, after all, the point.

Top-of-the-mast's-eye view.

Talk less, smile more.
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📸: @onechicktravels

Sometimes your hair is salty and you haven't showered for 2 weeks and you live in a wetsuit, and sometimes you put on a red dress and some lipstick and mingle with a glass of wine; but always, always, the sea is close at hand.

Dinosaur tracks in @zionnps! Initially I thought it was a joke, they look so out-of-place and intentional and they're kind of "out there." But, there you have it: Nature is always a source of surprise.
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(Didn't have a 🍌 for scale, so I used my hand)

I could be whatever I wanted to be, as long as I didn't end up another corpse in the casket with a hole in his head. Anything went. Anything was permissible, as long as I lived.

A break from Zion because it was just too beautiful racing on the water today. Crewing is...overwhelming; It reminds me of science in the sense that it's like learning a new language sometimes. But, what a fulfilling pastime to become fluent in!
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Interesting Factoid: That last picture is Merlin, a boat made famous for the fastest completion of the Los Angeles to Honolulu Trans Pacific Yacht Race, in 1977. After passing hands, it's now back with its original owner after 30 years, and he's looking to return it to its original state and race it again this year!

🎶To the ends of the Earth, would you follow me?🎵
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📸: @onechicktravels

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