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An epic Risk game with some parental units. I lost miserably.

We are so distinguished!

The bike camping trip.

Most miserable backpacking trip in my memory. Black flies, mud, humidity, thunderstorm, high winds that knocked over trees onto boats. Horrible.


Month of May in review

Evidently it’s been nearly a month. Time flies when you’re having fun and all that. Summary:

Weekend 1: Went bike camping. Rode 35 miles. Camped at charming free campground off of trail. Listened to trains all night. Started raining. Ken blew out his tire. Not tube, tire. Ken and Jason rode to conveniently located bike shop to buy another. Continued to ride through the rain. Were freezing cold, starving, and grouchy. Some participants vowed never to set butt on bike saddle again. Hot food never tasted so good.

Weekend 2-Week 2 – Weekend 3: Parents and sister arrive. Week of revelry and NO WORK commences. Details of the whole trip found here and Thanks Sara.

Weekend 3: 2:00 Graduate! You may call me Dr. 5:00 Pour tea all over diploma. Rest of life: never hear the end of it from Ken.

Week 3: Much anxiety and loneliness caused by sending cats to WA with family. Set up 2 on-site interviews for early June.

Weekend 4: Hot weather. Took Ken’s new rifle out shooting. Only shot six rounds through it because I’m pansy. Ken developed bruised shoulder after 40ish rounds. Rode the towpath and train Sunday afternoon. Ken’s face swelled up twice it’s normal size. For future reference, bring allergy drugs when contact with outdoors is expected.

Week 4 (that’s this week): Went to Pastor’s house for dinner and bike ride. Instead played Uno and read books to kids as a huge thunderstorm with funnel clouds and hail the size of marbles hit. Finished drafts of 3 papers. Finally had friend from church over for dinner after 3.5 years. Put away laundry for first time since last blog post… Getting very excited about interviews. Hoping all this works out so we’re not homeless.

Maybe someday I’ll get pictures off of the camera and post more details, but since I’m spending the majority of the next two weeks traveling to and from interviews and after that we’re moving, I wouldn’t count on it.

One thing before I leave you again for a month: One of my interviews is in Albuquerque. I think we would REALLY like living there. I have most of an afternoon and evening to explore with a car on my own. Anybody have advice for things I should check out with an eye towards possibly moving there in two weeks? Information about Albuquerque in specific or about things to look for when relocating in general would be appreciated.

Friday at lunchtime

I wrote up this beautiful post about my angel food cake, but it’s meant to have pictures in it and once again finding time to get them off of the camera and onto the internet eludes me. Maybe next week? I know you’re all on the edges of your seats.

With Laura as my inspiration, I made grapefruit curd with the egg yolks. It’s really good, but I haven’t quite figured out what it goes best with. So far I’ve tried it on the angel food cake (too sweet), by itself (good, but so rich and sweet you can really only have a few bites), and in malt-o-meal (random? Yes, but that was one tasty bowl of malt-o-meal). I think it would be best over top of a not too sweet vanilla ice cream. Home-made vanilla ice cream would be perfect. Too bad Ken hasn’t found a good deal on the ice-cream maker he wants yet.

I’ve finished first drafts of 2 papers at work, and hope to get another paper to 1st draftable condition this afternoon. I’ve also applied for some more jobs, since I have heard very little back from anybody about the ones I’ve already applied for. I hope whatever job I get won’t require just sitting at a computer all day every day, because I’m getting pretty antsy.

Tonight we leave for Pittsburgh and our second bike-camping adventure, which I’m pretty sure is going to be less intense than our first. I hope so anyway, because I am in far worse shape this year. On the other hand, I now have fancy-dancy clipless pedals on a beautiful old french touring bike so it should make 38 miles of mostly flat riding a joy. The weather is supposed to be nice (only 40% chance of thunderstorms) and we’re going with our outdoor adventuring friends. I’m excited!

This is the chalk wall in the entrance to our building

If it’s written on a wall in chalk, it must be official. Now somebody give me a job.


I passed!

Yes, I did.

It was kinda fun, actually. Not that I want to do it again…

Thanks everybody for your well-wishing and prayers!

Defense tomorrow!

At 2:30 I start my presentation – easy peasy. I could give it in my sleep by now.

At approximately 3:10 the public is dismissed and I start the really difficult part. I am not as terrified as I ought to be, I think. A glance back into the archives at this post tells me I was freaking out way more before my Masters defense. Probably about the same as before I gave my proposal exam.

I’m pretty sure freaking out isn’t going to help me know any more, so it seems rather pointless. I feel like there is no way that I will ever know as much as at least two of the profs on my committee no matter how long I live, so I just hope they ask me things about which I have some clue. Luckily, I’ve been studying this subject matter for 4 years now, so I should have a few clues. Hopefully they don’t flee from my brain at the crucial moment.

Hopefully I’ll have good news tomorrow night.

Almost done

So, I’ve just passed the 12 hours at work mark. Not overnight though! I got an email last night at 10:30 as I was getting ready for bed that my advisor had put my dissertation in my mailbox. The man is super dedicated. Best advisor ever. I don’t work well after 11 PM, though, so I got up early and was at school by 6:30, figuring that whatever comments he made, it certainly wouldn’t take me more than 10.5 hours to make them. Yet here I am.

…and that’s the end of that story, because I just got my final comments back! Time to make changes, then make copies, then go home. Do I even post this?

I think so.

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