About Me

Hello! My name is Alyssa, and I have been blogging here since September 2008.



When I started this blog, I was a PhD student, and much of my writing focused on the ups and downs of that experience. During my graduate career I was also very involved in science outreach, and coordinated both a general science and an astronomy outreach program.


In June, 2011, I finally got my first real job doing something I truly loved: working as an outreach coordinator for a planetary science program.

It was through my time working in outreach and education where I realized my passion for teaching in the classroom. I received my BEd in 2015, and am now a high school math and science teacher (for more on my teaching, check out my other blog: Joyous Understanding).


I have a wonderful husband (who I refer to as DH), and we have been married since 2008. We have two cats, and live in Ontario, Canada. We bought our first house in 2010 and we welcomed our first son, E, in October, 2010. We expanded our family in October, 2013, by adding our second son, C. I suffered a stroke about a week after C was born, which has changed me in more ways than I know.

Two of my favourite things to do are reading (check out what I’ve been reading here) and knitting and absolutely love it. Check out my knitting blog posts and my Ravelry page. I also enjoy yoga, meditation, and dabbling in pretty much any sport.

About the Title: Initially, the blog was titled Mrs. Comet Hunter – after the role(s) I saw myself taking at the time (a newly married Astronomer studying comets). Once I finished my PhD in 2009 and decided to blog under my own name, the title changed to Apple Pie & The Universe. This title derives from the Carl Sagan quote In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” It represents my wanting to find a balance between my home life (apple pie), work life (the Universe), and my love for education & outreach (of which Carl Sagan was a huge influence).

This blog will continue to evolve as my life does – the format, background, title, or topics may change, so thank you for coming along for the ride with me!

– Alyssa


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