I took, perhaps TWOphotos this weekend. I am lazy, I guess
We took a walk on Saturday to the post office. D rode his 3wheel bike.
We ran some errands on Saturday that included stopping at threeplaces: Home Depot, Luckys and work.
D fell asleep in the car and I didn't want to move him out of it. So we sat in our driveway, in the car for about one hour. The things you do when you're a mama.
On Sunday, we woke to a crazy rainstorm. We lost power for over two hours. The storm included thunder & lightening and hail! We mostly just hung around the house.
D and Alex went out for a walk in between rainstorms, leaving me alone in the kitchen, and I was super happy about it. I made 2 things for dinner: mushroom, beef, barley soup and fresh bread. I also had a glass of wine and had Love Actually on in the kitchen to keep me company. It's the little things, folks. I also made fudge, but don't tell anyone. I may eat it all myself!
We watched several things on TV, including some Thomas the Train Christmas episodes, the movie Cars (of course), the movie Toy Story 2, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I tried to watch some sophisticated murder mystery British program but I couldn't handle it. So I just watched things that made me and my kid happy.
On Friday, I got a phone call confirming D's doctor appointment for Monday morning, 9:40am. We got there early, checked in, gave them our insurance and filled out some forms. We sat there for over 15 minutes when the receptionist finally said, "Oh, that doctor's not here today, you're gonna have to reschedule." I'm sorry, what?
Last night (Monday night), D woke up at 2AM - I am pretty sure he was having a nightmare as he woke up sobbing. I brought him into bed with us and I tossed and turned for another hour. At 3AM, I got up, did the dished, cleaned the kitchen and dining area and did a crossword puzzle. I went back to bed at 5AM. WHY?????
You guys, I'm 38 today! How crazy is that?
This past year is the year that I just came into myself, if that means anything. I've become a lot more confident with myself and my career. I went to three different meetings, and the last two were really phenomenal. The last one was a last minute one where my PI couldn't attend and I went instead. I decided, "Fuck it" and I talked to everyone at that meeting. I talked to the big folks, and I talked to the little folks. I gave a talk and I felt relaxed and excited, not nervous and intimidated. I went to workshops and asked questions. I met people for coffee. I just felt so much more comfortable in my own skin. I got a ton of community support and it makes me feel like I can actually pull off this whole academic job pursuit thing.
I guest lectured in a Dev Bio class at SFSU. It was awesome. I loved every minute of it. And I made a great friend/colleague in the process.
I submitted my first paper as a postdoc. It's currently under review.
Professionally, I feel good. Positive.
Personally, we got to visit CO and see my in laws, which was awesome. I've been able to go see my parents and they've come up here to help with D's birthday party. I had a 2 year old birthday party at my house! D keeps growing and being the most amazing kid. And I wish Alex would sometimes calm down and be less worried about our future, but I have to love how concerned he is about taking care of us. I do wish we had more date nights, but I think it's par for the course with a 2 year old. Altogether, I have to say I'm incredibly content. I'm happy with where I am. There are a number of things I still want to work on, but that's OK. That's what life is all about. And I can't wait to see where I go!
Happy Birthday to me!