What’s been going on?

28 08 2012

Hey everyone,

So my new post 3X a week didn’t really workout and now that school has started I have no hopes of keeping that promise, so let’s just call it a failed experiment.  I still hope to write here from time to time and check in.

So the boy and I have made the move down to NC safely.  Europe and the Olympics were a blast and I hope to have a post and pictures up soon.  If I had it to do over again, would I take a two week vacation 5 days before I moved half way across the country?  I would not.  But I’m happy to say that almost everything seems to have made it.  And I can now say that I’ve driven a 17 foot UHAUL truck towing my car across the country (I also have no need to do that again!).

School started last week, I’m taking methods (statistics and research methods and experimental design), foundations, a cancer prevention and control seminar, and professional development.  Good times all around.  I’ve met with my advisor and the team I’ll be working with and everyone seems really nice, I’ll let you know more about the study and I, well, know more about it.

The apartment is nice, even if it’s considerably smaller than the house, and is close to the river and school.  I love sitting on the porch eating breakfast in the morning watching the squirrels fight/chase each other and watching the garden plot grow.  I can’t wait for the weather to get cooler so we can make good use of the fire pit.

The boy has found a job, two actually, so that’s good.  Everyone is really nice and we are enjoying it thus far.

 

 

 





What’s Been Going On?

11 07 2012

Sorry about the delay in posting, things are busy!

So here’s the update, the ACA was upheld (more on that later),  on the 4th we went canoeing on the river and then to a BBQ and pool party at a friends house.  I got to hang out at Ted Drewes with one of my fav people, I’ve been packing up the house for our big move, I’ve said goodbye to two of my awesome bosses (sad) and submitted my letter of resignation to the University,  rented the house to some awesome people, and about ready to sign a lease in NC.  With all that going on, I’ve barely had time to get excited about our super cool vacation!

 

Jenny





This I Know

30 06 2012

Let’s see, what have I learned this week.

Prior to this week, there was no rule for how to break a tie in track a field.
Trying to give up white sugar and white flour is really really really hard.
Facebook can just change your email address on your profile without your permission, or knowledge.





King of the Wild Frontier

29 06 2012

Today marks the 9th year since my dad died.  It’s always a weird day for me, the first few years were really hard, I couldn’t get past the overwhelming sadness of the day.  Gradually it’s become less sharply painful and more like a dull ache.  Today will most likely be fairly unremarkable.  I’ll go to the gym, go to work, go to a cardinals game, come home and fall asleep.  Remarkably similar to what I would have done 9 years ago if things had gone differently. I’ve struggled for the last few years to figure out how I should feel and observe these miles stones: his birthday, my parent’s anniversary, and the anniversary of his death.  Spending the day sad, or grieving is not how my dad would have wanted me experience life.  Those first years I was still raw and grieving and not acknowledging those milestones made me feel like I was losing him all over again.  One night, when I was living in AK after college and my mom and I had been spending lots of time going through his things, I was talking to one of my friends about how hard it was to let go of this stuff, even though I knew we’d never need or want it and other people would.  He said to me, letting go of things can be hard because we feel like we are letting our memories go with them, but no one will ever take those away from you; you’ll never forget your dad.  It seems obvious, but I can’t explain the profound effect those words have had on me over the years.

So today I will remember, but I will also live my life and celebrate all the ordinariness of it, because too often we forget that a plain old non eventful day is a blessing.  I will live, love, laugh, watch some baseball, and think about going fishing over the weekend.  I think he’d approve.





Be Happy

27 06 2012

These pictures will make you happy. Yay.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/pictures-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity





What’s Been Going On

25 06 2012

Celebrated with the Rockstar on Monday morning for completing her dissertation!  Woooooo!  That night I had a killer migraine, plus I was really hot so I went to sleep on the floor in front the the AC vent.  The boy came over and was scared to find me on the floor when he knew I’d been sick…  oops.

Let’s see, we met with who will likely be our wedding photographer on Tuesday.  She was awesome, wheee!  Small group on wed, we are talking about Peter (the book of the bible). On Thursday I went to an awesome birthday party, (there was an awesome Captain America cake!),  Friday there was an awesome BBQ with our old kickball team to say goodbye to our Texas friends, good but sad times.   On Saturday we went to a really lovely wedding, short and sweet and full of love!  Lazy Sunday was just that, the boy go off work and came over to make breakfast, then we took refuge from the hottest day of summer by watching Brave and then we grilled steaks at his parent’s house and finished the night by seeing Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Muny in the free seats, plus of course watching the olympic trials!!!!! Whew!!





Be Happy

20 06 2012

Decisions are tough, and exhausting and, sometimes just lame.  When you are in a place where you are making a lot of decisions it’s easy to think that each one is of monumental importance, and that it’ll be a Big Deal (capital B capital D).  I’m not sure if this line of scripture is making me happy, but it’s keeping me sane, which is a good first step.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Disclaimer: I have no idea about the historical context for this, or how biblical scholars interpret it, but it’s on the list.