Tag Archives: school

Three Things Thursday

I was all prepared to do a Wednesday chub-day update on my baby, and then read the Ambitious One’s Three Things Thursday and realized that it is, indeed, Thursday. My world is topsy turvy! (I vote for Lucifer!)

So – no chubby thighs for you! Mwahaha.

1. I have had an extra (not terribly large) sum of money come into my possession due to me being generally awesome. (Prize money for my capstone award.) I am trying to decide what to do with it. I should probably put it towards my student loan debt, but would rather do something fun. I worked hard on that school thing, and on my capstone project, and would really, really like to use it for a personal reward. Current ideas in the running: (1) new tattoo; (2) new road bike; (3) mini vacation. Other ideas? (Yes, I know that shoes aren’t on the list, but I don’t actually NEED new shoes and have instituted a rule that says no new shoes until there is room for them in my closet. Which would necessitate getting rid of at least a half dozen pairs that are already shelf-less.


2. I have been spending a lot of time thinking about future plans recently. I’m done with my MS, but instead of feeling done, I am feeling that I want more. The more that I want specifically includes a velvet tam.

However, I also like my job! And have a baby! When would I have time to go get a PhD? And my area of interest for further study is not applicable to my current career. Conundrums!


3. The anxiety I mentioned awhile ago is not getting better. I am working on my favorite strategy of “fake it ’til I make it,” but that is not so effective on a long-term basis it seems. It will get better, that I know. In the meantime, I will try not to be too avoidy and isolationist. But a little isolation is not so bad, I think.

So many things!


Internets! I have been so busy!

Friday, we drove down to Eugene (and strangely away from all the heat). We had a cheap (but nice) motel for the night. There was a pool. So we did this:

Alvie Bean’s first swim


He loved it, and I loved that he loved it.


Saturday was graduation – so first there was this:



And then, there was this:

My speech about my capstone project for which I won the capstone award!




Alvie Bean did not enjoy my speech, and cried through the whole thing. Also, I talked too fast and it was a pretty boring speech, but it didn’t matter, because I’d already won and it was not a speech contest.


When I got home, I was able to collect my graduation presents from the architect!

He got me a “graduate” sash that I wore all day on Sunday, as well as a diploma frame AND the most awesome gift of all:

I totally drank my champagne out of that glass…

Saturday evening, the architect & I headed to the train station to fetch my friend Brian, who also recently graduated and is soon headed off to Cambridge (UK not MA) to do his M.Phil.

Sunday was my graduation party. I have zero pictures of this.

It was great though! My mom made little sandwiches, Brian made hummus for the veg tray (and it was delicious), I made lemonade, and friends brought fruit (thanks Ambitious One and Mr. Pi!), cheese (thanks L & A!) and a very delicious cake (thanks Jen & Zach!). Also, there were a ton of babies! And I’m hoping someone will send me pictures of those babies. BABY PILE!

Sunday night was pretty mellow, and then, all too soon, it was Monday morning and time for my mother & uncle to start their trip back to South Dakota.

one last cuddle


My mom will be back for Thanksgiving, and Alvie Bean will be so much bigger by then! Grandma taught him so many things, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to teach him to drive next time. He’s growing up so fast!

And now – back to work and regular life. I am so appreciative of all the people who helped me celebrate my MS, and I love all my house guests, but Monday evening, when it was just Alvie, the architect, and me was really, really nice. Alvie is back in his own room after almost 3 weeks in ours (the heatwave started it all – his room heats up about 10 degrees hotter than ours; and his room is also our guest room) and it is so quiet in the night!

There was, however, some sad news over the weekend. My great Uncle Bob, who celebrated his 100th birthday in July, died Sunday morning. He was healthy up through Friday, so it went very quickly and I am grateful for that. Plus, 100 years! That is amazing! I’m also pleased that I got to see him in May and got to take this picture:

Uncle Bob – b. 1912
Alvie Bean – b. 2012



Three (3!) Things Thursday – Most Excellent News Edition

Super late 3 things today!  It’s been a busy day at the circle K. Or whatevers.


1. I know I’ve been saying this for the last two weeks, but now it’s true! I am 100% done with school! WOO! My capstone has been handed in, and unless the nice things that were said to me via email from the Capstone advisor/program academic director were completely misleading, I think I’m going to get a passing grade (the terminal project is a pass/fail). Which means I graduate! WOO!  Party in August! You’re all invited to have cake & punch with me!

2. Because I don’t (typically) work on Fridays, and Monday is a holiday, I have a 4-day weekend coming up. Although I won’t be traveling to Los Angeles as I’d originally planned (my midwives have grounded me, due to stress-related issues, apparently not realizing that Mexican food in Los Angeles is almost enough to repair the stress that flying causes…whatever), I still have FOUR WHOLE DAYS off. In a row. AND, since next weekend is my birthday, and I’ve been working 50 hour weeks for the last 5 weeks (a note: I get paid to work 36 hour weeks), I am taking a vacation day next Thursday, so I will have another FOUR WHOLE DAYS off. In a row. And next week? I will only work two days. YAY! Vacation! Sleeping! Time off!

And – most awesomely –

3. The architect – I think I’ve mentioned him once or twice before? Well, you may remember that my architect was laid off from his architecture position in late 2008. And then was mostly unemployed for awhile, due to the fact that all the architects in the world (scientific survey conducted by me thinking about the architects I know) were also laid off, and there was no money for the building industry, etc., etc. He did get employment in the summer of 2010, but it wasn’t so much architecture. It was a job. And it paid in actual money, which is good. BUT – it was not architecture. Well, I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that starting next Monday, the architect will, once again, be architecting. His commute will be cut in half. He salary will be a bit higher. But mostly importantly, he will be, again, doing the job that he loves. I couldn’t be more happy for him.

2012 has really been kicking me in the teeth, but this is a reminder that for every devastatingly bad thing that happens, there are good things to help balance it all out.

Weekend in Review! (now with photos!)

I feel that I had a pretty productive weekend. Friday, I left the house! And had lunch with a friend! And went to New Seasons. And then, had to rest for the remainder of the day.

Saturday was yoga, then visiting with a neighbor, then cake making!

I love to make cakes, and make very good tasting cakes. I just don’t necessarily make pretty cakes. Part of the problem was, I think, that my baking powder was at the end of its useful life, so I got poorly risen, lopsided cakes. Because they were just for me, I didn’t bother leveling them, but it did result in less pretty than hoped-for cakes. Also, I have not yet mastered the art of the dripping glaze down the sides in an artful & beautiful manner.

BUT – the cake is delicious.


Sunday was another busy day (well, new pregnant-Amy busy, not old Amy does lots and lots of stuff all the time-busy).

I made banana bread – two loaves; one to freeze and one to eat now.


I cleaned the kitchen. I helped the architect do some garden stuff. As I was doing the garden stuff, I made a discovery! The tulips are starting to poke up:



I am hoping that this week is infinitely less stressful than the last couple. I am hoping to get some swimming time in Monday, Wednesday & Friday this week. I am having an ultrasound this afternoon, so new baby pics for the bumpday update this week! (Because I know you’re dying to see grainy b&w pics of my fetus.) Actually – lots of baby stuff this week: u/s today, waterbirth class tomorrow, daycare tour on Thursday, and childbirth classes on Saturday & Sunday.

Sometime in there, I’ll need to do some school work, but I’m so close to being done! YAY!

Happy Monday, y’all!

Three (3!) Things Thursday – NO!

1. I am done with this fucking work project. For better or worse, it is over and turned in. Last night I drank 17 bottles of wine ate some tacos to celebrate.

2. Three weeks from today, I will be done with my master’s degree. I can’t believe how close I am to being done!  There is still a lot of work that needs to happen in this three weeks, but I know it will happen.

3. I am so exhausted right now. I am having one of my periodic bouts of insomnia, and combined with the work and school and personal stress, not to mention pregnancy, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I am looking forward to getting some good sleep this weekend. This weekend = yoga, walking, swimming, school work, sleeping. In other words – good things!