Sunday, March 28, 2010

Actual Post

Okay, let's get serious people. No more excuses. I have some stuff to write about this week. As you will recall from last week's "post," it was Spring Break for the last few glorious days. We didn't get nearly as much R&R time as we had hoped, and we were planning on going to the zoo on Wednesday, but the weather decided it would rather give us the biggest snow storm of the season. True to Colorado, however, Avey and I were able to go on a picnic not 2 full days prior:
It was the nicest day we'd had in a very long time, and has thoroughly got me in a Spring mood (even though the grass still looks horrid).

We also had the chance to make a lot of changes around the apartment. We got a bigger desk for the living room, finally repaired Avey's changing table, Kira and a friend tackled her stack of boxes of stuff to sort/throw away, and I have been on a kick of organizing all of our loose ends into totes. I think I may have late-onset obsessive compulsive disorder. In reality, it's probably more of a Spring cleaning mood around the house.

We were still bound to work this week, and I spent Thursday in prison again (but they let me out whenever I want). Still, it was a pleasant and productive week. I don't know why we don't have 3 or 4 Spring Breaks every year!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Writer's Block

One of the difficulties of keeping a regular blog is that I expect to post, even when I don't have anything to write about. Seven days pass and if nothing blog-worthy has happened, I'm in trouble. Of course, it's not usually that nothing has happened, but I think the problem is that I don't remember anything that happened during the week. We get into our routines and the days all blend together with previous weeks. And I'm running out of ways to demonstrate how Avey gets cuter every week - I don't even have any new video or photos! I hesitate to write about the weather, even though it was awfully diverse this week. There's not much going on with our health, so no need to even waste a sentence on it. No - that would be boring.

So yeah... Maybe I should just stop typing. If there's nothing to type, there's not much point in doing it. This post still seems kind of short though. Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow.

Oh, Spring Break is next week! Yeah, so that will give me some material to write on. Next week. Ummm... we're excited for it... should be nice...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Ups and Downs of Parenting

I'm certainly no veteran, but I've had about 2 and a half years of parenting experience. If nothing else, I've learned that this territory comes with a veritable roller coaster of emotions and experiences. At times, a child can bring you as high as a kite:
[Although the slight breeze wasn't cooperating very much]. And at other times, it seems like your child is just trying to kick your supports out from under you:
But of course, it's all in good fun. And we wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Travelling Researcher

I've lived in Colorado since I was 10 years old (minus a few years in Germany and Utah). But I've seen more of the state in the past week than all those other years combined. I started another research project funded by NDRI comparing two forms of the same relapse prevention protocol. I supervise a computer class in the morning, and then I teach a classroom-style class in the evenings. Both are with female inmates being held in Pueblo, so I'm there all day. In between the classes, I continue my practicum at a facility for men. Those combined keep me in prison pretty much all day on Thursday. But in order to begin the research, I've had to go to two trainings: one in Denver, and the other in Trinidad. So I've been all over the place in the last few days, and I can't wait until somebody invents those transporters from Star Trek so that I'll never have to drive anywhere ever again!

Avey and Kira have been good sports though. Sometimes while I'm gone, Avey will go on bear hunts:
By the sound of her story, I'm kind of surprised that she still goes on the hunts so much. Not to mention how surprised I am that she can swim across a whole lake!

And so we've all been swamped these days. I keep thinking that things will eventually slow down, but I've been saying that for years. At least it's a wild ride!