Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm letting myself off the hook

NaBloPoMo FAIL in my house.  The stress of Hubby's interview, and planning for contingencies, has taken it completely out of me.  I'm not going to let myself feel guilty (if that's even possible).

This week - Thanksgiving at Hubby's boss's place, who generously invited all of us international orphans over to share in some turkey and goodness.  I'm making pie and probably something else, then I will throw myself headlong into Christmas preparations.  It's the only thing that'll keep me sane.

More soon, promise.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

About to finish a hat :-)

So, I have a simple hat on the needles... with the stonehedge fiber mill ends that I bought during the I-91 shop hop back in June.  Turns out it goes well with my new wool jacket, so I figured it would be a good way to get the mojo back.

I can't wear just a plain touque, though, so I was thinking of what to put on to decorate and sass it up.  I consulted with a labmate/friend/newbie knitter, and she votes for pom-pom embellishment instead of crochet flower, and I have to agree.  Now that I've cleaned up after the sleeping 4-year-old hurricane, I think I'll try and finish it before the evening is out.  Could it be I might have photos by the end of this week?!  I'm ridiculously excited :-)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free Saturday...

Not much to report... we spent the day downtown, buying groceries at the co-op and doing labwork.  I started a hat a few days ago, and it's about 2/3 done, which is the most knitting I've done in weeks.  With a bit of luck it'll be done by next Friday.

In non-knitting news, turns out Hubby's interview will be over skype, since this particular location isn't near a major airport.  Should be very interesting :-)

And with that, I'll admit that the laundry from yesterday is still not completely folded, so off I go.

Friday, November 9, 2012


Whelp, that was an interesting week... post-hurricane puttering around, dealing with Enterprise rent-a-car (who, by the way, screwed us and management still hasn't gotten back to me, but that's a story for another day), and getting this crazy email about a potential job interview.  So, I will divert to the pre-written prompts yet again, which are hilariously apropos:

Friday, November 9, 2012
If you could change one thing about your life right now, what would it be?

One thing to change about my life... that's tough, because I think the list covers several pages.  My don't-think-about-it gut reaction: I would stop being so anxious about everything and just focus on getting us to the next step.   Hubby will have a skype interview at the end of next week or the beginning of the following... and I'm trying not to get excited, anxious, stressed, or otherwise worked up.  It's not going too well, though.  I want to be hopeful without setting my heart on it, but I want to be prepared for all contingencies.  I need back-up plans. I need front-up plans.  I need plans.

But right now, I just need to focus on just what's in front of me.  Laundry to fold, paint and glitter to clean up (craft-night for the kiddo), bedtime for N., and dinner.  Tomorrow, I'll do tomorrow.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The writing prompt for today is:

kind of hilarious considering Hubby's interview coming up.

If you could have any job (and instantly have the training and qualifications to do it), which job would you want?

I honestly don't know how to answer that.  I love being a lab manager/research scientist, and I pretty much have the qualifications to do that.  I love knitting/crochet/crafting, and I suppose if I needed business training to open up a store or run classes, that would fit.  The thing is, I do both of those things now, even though I might not get paid for them.

The only other thing I think I might've been good at is being a clinical psychologist.  Based on my status within the family and sometimes the lab as the 'Dr Phil' type of the group, and doing a fairly good job with it, I often wonder if that's the education path I should've taken.

The question remains will I be able to do any or all of them when we settle in our next stage...

Missed it by mere moments

Wednesday's news, ever so slightly late : Hubby got an email that they want to invite him for an interview at a university he applied to a couple of months ago.

Holy crap.

We've been discussing it non-stop since the email came through, and it's hard to focus on anything else.  I'm not sure if I"ll survive the blogging month, but maybe it's a sign that I need to make an effort, if only to keep a little bit of sanity.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday NaBloPoMo fail

The child was using every last bit of energy, and when he fell asleep I had to mentally prepare for how I'm going to deal with a school situation... there's a bully who seems to move from target to target in the class; N. has been spared, but I watched this child punch another kid, taunt him, and then smirk when he got away with it.

Parenting is such a trip.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Free day...

Sigh.  it's been a good/bad day, and I know I have no real reason to kvetch, but the time change always kicks my ass.

We had a second day of shopping/errands, since the car rental isn't due back until tomorrow... it started off great, and ended up crazy.  N. was golden til right after lunch, when he pitched fits.  After a calm-down, and apologies, he was better and wanted to come to the supermarket with me... which started off great (again) and ended up in tears.  He wanted treats, he wanted to run (in a parking lot? I think not), and he wanted to pump gas with Daddy.  He got none of these, and cried and cried.

After coming home, and feeding the now tired child, Hubby got ready to run into the lab to set some things up for tomorrow. While looking through his computer, he discovered that in his haste to back up files before the hurricane, he somehow managed to overwrite his key master data file.  The major project that's been three years in the making.  I figured there was a copy somewhere between dropbox, google cloud, thumb drives, etc., even if it was an older version, but for about 45 minutes it was crisis mode.  The solution was found in *my* gmail account, where he'd emailed me the file a few weeks ago so I could help with some calculations.

So, after determining that was, in fact, OK, I shoo'ed him out of the house, and proceeded to load and run the dishwasher, set a chicken to roasting, and put away the rest of the groceries.  I feel like it's 9pm and time to crash, but it's barely 6:00.  I don't know whether to be thankful that I have a few extra hours or sad that it's not, in fact, time for bed yet.

Tomorrow, however, is another day.  Time to be optimistic about the new week.  Wheeeee *pffffffffft*.  (that's me with noisemakers and streamers, can't you tell?)


Saturday, November 3, 2012

According to my unofficial official prompt list for NaBloPoMo...

.. today is a free day.  I exercised that freedom by spending the day shopping and driving around with my two boys.  We rented a car, picked up the annual holiday photos that we had done a couple of weeks ago, and chipped away at the to-do-and-to-buy for Christmas list.  My treat to myself was some fancy nailpolishes to head into the festive season, including a matte topcoat to play with...

And I'm realizing that free day is making me sound very shallow, which makes me very sad.  It's just been a long week, I guess.  We were relatively unaffected by the hurricane, but everyone around us is picking up the pieces.  I crave routine, and it's not here right now.  Since the time change is all but impossible to impose on a four year old (no extra hour of sleep for me), I'm going to crawl into bed with the sleeping four year old while Hubby finishes up some computer work.  It's weeks like this that make me realize everyone needs more snuggle time with their kids.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 2

Today's is an easy one...

Friday, November 2, 2012
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Anywhere?  Anywhere at all?  Then I choose to go as near to my family as I can.

Living 900 miles away, with no easy flight routes, makes visiting my parents, hubby's mom, and my siblings, very difficult.  I've come to realize that every time we get together it's precious.  Plus, being an academic heading into the next phase, it's difficult to dictate where you want to go.  I just hope that wherever it is that we settle, it's close enough to my family that I can see them more often, but just far enough away that I can pretend to be independent once in a while ;-)

Thursday, November 1, 2012


A little post-hurricane push back into blogging, methinks.  I'd been debating this, and I found a list of topic prompts here, so I figure, why not give it a try.

Today's prompt is:
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tell us your favourite quotation and why.

So, I will have at it.  My favourite quotation lately has been one from one of my favourite authors:
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." ~ Isaac Asimov

This quote is sourced many years ago, but it's just as, if not more, relevant today.  As a scientist, I find myself railing against public opinion... which can sometimes be well informed, but sometimes one single erroneous position can cause rampant misinformation.  Not to open a can of worms, but the causes of autism, whether to get your flu shot, the actual existence of global warming... to name a few.  One thing that people don't often think of is that doing research isn't often clear-cut.  And if you don't know how to do research, chances are you'll get the wrong answer.

I'm not looking for a fight... I'm just hoping people will learn to discern between credible sources and quacks, between sensationalized news and facts.  I'd be remiss in my job if I didn't encourage it :-)

And with that, I'm off to bake cinnamon rolls for the teachers at N.'s school... it's my turn to provide breakfast for the monthly staff meeting, and I personally would rather fresh baked cinnamon rolls than bagels and flatbread from the donut shop ;-)