Monday, January 4, 2016

Some cute pics

This is one of our neighbors' decorations. Yes, Santa is on a toilet on water skis
Making cookies
Climbing on mama
Naturally my husband on the roof
Checking out the monkeys at the zoo
His first ride!
On the carousel
Destroying the house per usual 
Waiting for the airplane 
Helping
Playing
I got to run on Christmas!
Tackling pop-pop
Goofing with Uncle Taylor

That's all for now...more later

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A lovely weekend, by the numbers


  • I took, perhaps TWO photos this weekend. I am lazy, I guess
  • We took a walk on Saturday to the post office. D rode his 3 wheel bike.
  • We ran some errands on Saturday that included stopping at three places: 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?????

Friday, December 11, 2015

Random pictures Haiku Friday

Here we are in front
Of the tree ornaments are
Rearranged daily
Then we have the slugs
They come out when it's damp
And eat some fungus
We also build stick
Piles on campus instead of
Napping for mama

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Some things I like today


  • It rained this morning. How lovely is the sound of rain?
  • D brushed his teeth this morning and spit into his fake kitchen sink. 
  • Last night, D sang from Q-Z in the ABCs! He sang along with his little choo-choo train that sings the alphabet song.
  • My Christmas tree is up, but I am losing the "organized" battle. Oh well, one thing at a time.
  • I finally ordered my Christmas cards.
  • My friend Elisa is having a boy!
  • I got to hang out with a 6-week old the other day. He was super sweet and only cried a couple times.
  • Hot coffee
  • Christmas lights
  • Amazon.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

Wknd pics

Dinner at CPK in the mall Friday night
Bouncy house to celebrate the return of a friend from school
Playing in the house
Drinking warm milk out of a real mug - getting ready for hot cocoa in CO at Christmas 
Swimming with Dada
Getting good at floating
So tired, fell asleep with my mouth open

38!

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!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Random Schnippets


  • D counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 6
  • D says, "Shall we?" a lot. As in., "Shall we play with toys, mama"
  • D wakes up about 5:30am or 6am every morning and he calls for me. I get him, bring him into our bed, and we snuggle. Sometimes he goes back to sleep (like this morning) for another 2 hours. 
  • It has been very cold lately. As in, we wake up and it's about 50 degrees in our house. IN THE HOUSE. CA clearly has no idea how to build homes that actually hold in the heat. 
  • My birthday is on Monday.