Sunday, May 30, 2010

Evening Away

Every now and then we like to have a completely unproductive week; it tends to be good for the soul and sanity. It's usually nice if we intend it to be unproductive though. For some reason it just does psychological damage when the week is completely unproductive despite our best efforts to make it worthwhile. I suppose it all started last week when Avey was up 2-4 time per night with a cough. That left Kira and me with a hefty sleep deficit for this week. It caught up with me on Tuesday, when I couldn't get back to sleep after Avey's 3am consoling session. I realized that I too was getting what she had, and felt achy and sore the rest of the day.

Wednesday was spent running around town on errands for other people, but then that evening I had committed to facilitate a make up session for a class at a prison an hour's drive from here (I've been working as a research consultant for about 4 months now). I had never been to this particular facility before, and when I got there, they had me wait for an hour in their lobby while they tried to figure out if it was okay to let me in. Apparently, somebody didn't sign the paperwork so that they knew I was coming. At least I got paid for waiting there...

Friday we had planned to drop Avey off at Kira's parents' house for the night so that we could have a "getaway" at a bed and breakfast in town. While it was fun, and included a lot of binging on chocolate, we may have awoken more tired than when we fell asleep. It's dangerous to get one's body used to functioning with less than 8 hours of sleep, and to then remind it what 10 hours can be like. The body seems to get greedy and think it deserves even more. It may take us a few days to get back that balance of being just tired enough to function. Maybe when the kids are all out of the house we'll actually be well-rested.

(Sorry - I had pictures up, but Picasa didn't actually post them for some reason. Our internet has been having uploading problems, so I'll try and make up for the lack of visual stimuli later)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gradjamation, Round III

There's no better way to celebrate the end of 2 years of grueling hard brain work and inadequate sleep than to dress up in a dorky, ridiculously hot robe and sit hip to hip in a crowd of hundreds of people waiting to hear your name mispronounced so that you can dash across a stage for 3 seconds and pose for 2 pictures while trying not to trip over the edges of the robe.
I'm sure that I'll look back at the experience with fondness some day. I must admit it was marvelous to have so many family nearby who made efforts to attend and commiserate with me. Avey was a good sport through the whole thing, and seems to have felt it was worth the wait to get to play with my tassel.
I'm not sure how Kira ever did this 4 times (High School, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's). I still don't feel like I've recovered. Now seems like a great time for a little vacation.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Toddlerisms

Avey constantly surprises us. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes that's a bad thing, and sometimes that's an hilarious thing! The other night at dinner, for example, Kira noticed a little scratch on Avey's wrist. She, being the conscientious mother that she is, closely inspected it and inquired as to the cause by asking, "Where did you get a scratch?" Avey, apparently feeling that her parents were getting senile, pointed to the scratch on her wrist and answered, "Right here."
Also this week, Avey and I went to visit my mother. Avey saw a candle on the stove and asked if we could light it. She has blown them out before, and enjoyed it, so I indulged her and we lit the candle. She then said, "Should we sing a song?" Nana and I agreed, so we let Avey decide what we should sing. She began singing Happy Birthday, and chose her own name for the celebrated. After the song, she blew out the candle and suggested, in her sweetest voice, "Should we have cake?"
She thinks like I do.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mommies' Day

A happy Mother's Day to every woman out there who has shaped the life of a young one! Once again, we have a day dedicated to the wonderful women in our lives. While the actual pregnancy and birth are nothing less than heroic, I think what really sets a mother apart is her willingness to sacrifice for the little ones who depend upon her so much. It takes a lot of courage, effort, and pure charity to spend countless hours in dedicated, concentrated service of little children. We are all in debt to the women who influenced our lives for the better, and I am glad to have a fantastic mother of my own, and a spectacular mother for my child!
As a small part of the celebration, we all went to the zoo in town! We'd been talking about going for months, but the last time we had planned on it was over Spring Break, where it ended up snowing all day! It was windy yesterday, and cold at times, but we did have a splendid time. Avey's favorite animals were the giraffes. She got to feed them crackers and see their long, purple tongues. She got slobbered on a couple of times.
The most difficult (and, in retrospect, funniest) part of the trip was that she rode a little train about 15 minutes into the zoo visit, and then asked about every 3 minutes of the rest of the visit to go back and ride it again. We told her every time, "We're going to see a few more animals and then we'll ride it one more time before we go home." She still asked us several times in between animals.
In other news, it turns out that I'm not going to do more school just yet. A few job possibilities have come up which sound very nice, and the possibility of making some good money before returning to school yet again sounds exciting! I'll still be working for the prison and the university for the summer, but will let you know what and where we end up!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Master's Piece

Hello readers. If anyone is interested in what I've been doing for the last two years, I have added a link to the final draft of my thesis to the right under "Some Recent Papers of Mine." If you care for some light reading before bed, knock yourselves out!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Clashing Landmarks

Well, two very important things happened this past week. On the same day, I defended my thesis and we celebrated our 5th anniversary. What that means is that one of them suffered for the sake of the other. Unfortunately, because the celebration of our marriage was more flexible, we had to shift that around a bit. We did manage to go out to dinner that night, but we'll have to make more of a fuss when our schedules calm down in a couple of weeks. It's nearly unbelievable how fast time has flown over these 5 years. We've been through a lot of ups and downs, sleepless nights and bouts of mono, poorness and abundance, and the amazing experience of becoming parents. I'm glad to have a dedicated partner in everything life throws at us.
I did pass my defense, with some small changes in my thesis. I took care of those on Friday and should be able to turn in the final draft tomorrow. Then it's just about 3 weeks until graduation! I also end my practicum at the prison this week, so that will free up a lot of time for me. I still do the research at the women's prison down there, but that will take only a few hours now. As things slowly ease up, we will hopefully have a few minutes to breathe!