Sunday, February 28, 2010

License to Bill

There's not been a whole lot going on this week. Well, that's not true; there's been a ton going on, but not much has been blogworthy. Avey is pretty much over her illness and her fingers are better even though they're still pretty big (we can't tell if they're still swollen, or just naturally that plump). Kira wasn't sick for very long, we've all just been very tired with all that's going on.

The biggest news this week is that Kira completed her hours to get her professional license! Naturally, that changes only a little of what she actually does (no need for supervision), but now she gets more money for it! And if my math is correct, more money is good news for us!
Avey's been on a new kick for the past couple of weeks. At one meal, she was not being very cooperative and obviously needed some incentive to nourish herself. I thought I would try out an old tradition in our family and see how she would like the "Question Game." That's where you ask the child a question and if he or she gets it right, he or she "earns" a bite of food. I've never really understood why that works - I guess it somehow makes the food seem like a reward rather than a punishment. Anyway, it quickly became her new obsession. Now, she wants us to quiz her at every meal, during car rides, and sometimes in between. We've been very impressed with her ability to answer some of the harder ones, and even more impressed with how bad we are at coming up with questions. I may have to brush up on my Disney and Winnie the Pooh trivia if we're going to keep her eating...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Casualties of the Week

The little princess has had a very rough week. She was getting pretty sick with a cough, runny nose, and slight fever the first few days, and then the day it was in full swing another tragedy befell her. She got her left hand pinched in the car door as she was heading into the grocery store. It swelled up pretty badly and is bruised and puffy now, but the doctor said nothing was broken. All things considered, she's been a very good sport about the whole thing. She has kept a pretty good attitude most of the time, and the only real difficulty for us has been trying to figure out how to relieve her cough at night so that the poor dear can sleep. She woke up Thursday night miserable, probably from the throbbing hand, but went back down with a little pain medication, hugs, kisses, and rocking (that combo works for just about any ailment). Friday night, she slept until about 10pm, then kept hacking like a chain smoker for the next couple of hours. She wasn't whiny or clingy, but we felt so bad that she couldn't sleep that we kept going in trying to help. She finally did pass out for another 6 hours or so, and last night slept 11 straight, so we think we're on the mend.
Kira was also under the weather this week, which made it more difficult with her many obligations and commitments. I haven't felt sick (yet), and have been trying to balance all I've got going on as well. On the positive side of the week, I had a phone interview with one of the Ph.D. programs to which I applied! I think it went pretty well. I'll let you know!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


One of Avey's favorite meals is half of a hamburger patty with relish. When she first tried a dill pickle, she was rather surprised at the flavor, but has since become addicted to the tangy, zesty, vinegar flavor. The other night at dinner, she wanted to help put the lid on the relish jar, so I handed the jar to her and reached over to the table for something for 2 seconds. When I turned back, I saw her doing this:
I caught that segment on tape as she continued to guzzle down the goodies, "relishing" in the glorious flavors. She ended up finishing off the jar. Not exactly my cup of tea, but to each her own...

Monday, February 8, 2010

Home At Last

Last week I had the chance to attend the Regional Partnership Grantee conference in Washington, D.C. That's the project that I've been working on while in graduate school - it's a nationwide effort to improve the battle going on against drugs in the country, and my part has been the evaluation of a program that treats methamphetamine users.
I doubt the reader cares much about the conference, but I was able to get out and see some of the sites! Above is the White House. I was a bit surprised at its size; I expected it to be a bit bigger. Not that it's small by any measure, but it's modest by world leader standards. I like that.
I was also able to make it to the Lincoln Memorial, a place I've wanted to visit for a very long time.
Here I am outside of the Memorial:

Here's a shot of the Capitol from the base of the Washington Monument, which was absolutely humongous by the way:
I was able to go inside the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, touch the Washington Monument, see the White House, visit a good portion of the Smithsonian, explore the Library of Congress, and visit Ford's Theater.

Unfortunately, it began to snow on Friday and everybody was freaking out, so they closed everything down Saturday. That meant that I wasn't able to see the Pentagon or Arlington Cemetery. I was amazed at how incapacitated the whole city was after the snow. I ended up staying through Sunday because my flight out was cancelled three times before I finally got on a plane. Of course, it was snowing in Colorado Springs when I got in, snowed all night and is snowing right now, but when I looked up flights at the Colorado Springs airport, every single one was still on time. Go figure.

So yesterday was a horrible day getting home, but overall it was a fantastic trip and I'm glad I was able to go. Just for the record though, I'm done with snow.