Thursday, July 31, 2008

What's Going in your corner of the world

I don't have anything exciting or interesting to say. I just miss all of my friends and wonder what you are up to.

I am slowing gearing up for the start of school in Sept., but have not been that motivated. We are going to Springfield for the weekend, and will be back on Tuesday morning. Wednesday represent the end of my summer vacation, as I plan on going back to work full time. I just wish it were not so cold in my office. I think I need to knit some leg warmers and an afghan. Had some dental work today (see, not very exciting). More in the future. Lily is back to her usual self.

So what's new and how are you doing?


Irene said...

We enjoyed SpSq and her Mister's recent visit - had a lovely dinner out, and went to Morris Arboretum. Annika was unhappy about the heat and about having to wear a hat, but she was much more enthusiastic about going swimming in grandpa & grandma Khavin's pool later that afternoon. She has decided that sleeping through the night is for weenies, and that she therefore should wake up at least once, even if she doesn't need to be fed.

Other than that - I'm working, Vlad is working at both I.T. and photography. Unfortunately, not much time for any other pursuits right now.

Sparkling Squirrel said...

I'm on Cape Breton having a wonderful trip (good to see Irene and Annika last week), although when we arrived at our beautiful inn in the middle of nowhere we had a message that the Mister's grandfather had died. They already scehduled the funeral for tomorrow so we can't make it (and the Mister's brother is in Japan so won't either), which I am conflicted about-- I'm didn't want to stop this wondrous vacation but I certainly want the Mister to be there for his family.

Dreading going back to school but last week we interviewed two more candidates, both were great and one accepted, so I'm NOT teaching an overload this semester. Yea!

Jennifer said...

Irene - sounds like you are enjoying the summer. Hopefully Annika will realize that sleeping all night is a good thing.

SS - sorry to hear about the Mister's grandfather. It is so hard to have bad news on a vacation and to know what is the right thing to do. Remember when I went to SOAR a few years back, my step-brother was killed in that motorcycle accident.I was so conflicted - my first instinct was to rush down to FL to be with my dad and step-mom. But, I did not want to give up the opportunity I had to be there (I was on a scholarship). In the end, I stayed, but went to visit later, after the funeral, after the rest of the family had left town. I hope you enjoy the rest of the vacation.

I am so glad you are not teaching an overload this semester!!!!

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Cathy said...

You guys remember ESA? Oh ya, that conference/circus/social overload that used to be an annual summer event for you when you were a grad? As one of the few remaining, non-doctorified, unemployed grads on the blog....just thought I'd let you know where I'll be and remind you of the less-golden years. Milwaukee can't be all bad, right?
Canoeing afterward should be luscious, though, and oh yeah, I'm getting in married in less than a month so I reckon' that will replace the time void that ESA and fieldwork leave behind.

Molly said...

It is really nice to hear what everyone is up to-- thanks for sending out the solicitation Jennifer! I haven't been doing too much lately. For one thing my back has been pretty bad, despite being vigilant about icing it, so I haven't done too much physical activity. I did go see the Marine's sunset parade last weekend-- lots of great band music, gun twirling and tiny little movements all done at exactly the same time. Also I found out that I did not get the job at the Smithsonian-- so, I'm thinking about my next move to another two year postdoc in Logan Utah next spring. I really like the lab there, so I'm actually pretty excited. I'll just miss being near family here...
Sorry to hear about your and the mister's loss, SpSq. I hope you were still able to enjoy the rest of your vacation. Hope to see you soon, Irene!

Beth said...

SS - sorry to hear about your Misters loss. And I'm jealous that your on Cape Breton.

I've been busy this summer and have been spending the last week or so writing or revising a manuscript and submitted a short one to an educational journal. I'm also coordinating a class for the fall so I'm trying to get ready for that and my three different preps. We're also in the middle of fixing our guest bathroom which had a leak so the house is a bit chaotic at the moment.

((hugs)) to all!

Abby said...

I'm also sorry about the mister's loss, SS. That reminds me of when my mother's mother died right before I was to head out to Seattle for a scientific cruise. My mother urged me to go, as she felt that her mother wouldn't want me to miss the oppertunity. It was a great oppertunity, but I still feel weird that I didn't see my grandmother off properly.

Glad to hear how everyone else is doing (and forgive me for not giving an update on me here, I just put one up the travel blog).

Erin said...

Great to hear from you all. And I, too, send my best wishes to SpSq, her mister, and his family. Molly - I bet you saw my uncle perform in the parade. He plays the french horn in the marine band!

I'm going to get nerdy for a minute and say that life in Hawaii has a huge variance. I have had really amazing experiences: snorkeling with green turtles, eating the fruit from my yard, driving through about 8 climate zones to my field sites, etc. But there are some drawbacks: segregation, coqui frogs, rooster fighting, and the SLOW pace of everything. I've been here for almost 2 months and we just moved into our rental house last weekend. We probably won't have a phone or internet for another week or two. But at this place (in contrast to our last rental) we have mail service, water service, and sewer service. Before, we were picking up mail general delivery at the post office.

These things don't really sound that terrible individually, but when you add it all together it really changes your lifestyle quite a bit. But our new house is a 10 minute walk to the beach, has an ocean view, and is much closer to town. As soon as we get unpacked (and get internet access) I think things will feel a lot more settled.

We are hoping to start a blog eventually to chronicle our life here. So, we will be able to share things like pictures of the fruit trees in our yard and the chickens in front of the county water office. Something for you all to look forward to!

Cheryl said...

Hi Everyone!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything. Sorry to here about the Mister's grandfather, I hope you will get to spend some time with family.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to report because I have been working and working and, yep, working trying to get as much done as I can so I can get the heck out of Dodge (or Lawrence as that case may be). I'm just about to start my second sampling for the summer (and hopefully the last one for this degree!!!) and I hope to be back in TN in about a month.

One good thing though, I was able to go to Chattanooga for the weekend and spend some time with my lonely husband - we got to listen to some local music and sample the fruits of local farmer's market which happened to also have a very huge and very cool metal sculpture of a praying mantis (stelios got excited and even got the artist's card - I guess I know what might be in our yard in a few years :)).