Sunday, March 25, 2012


March was going to be the month of insanity, I knew this already, and it lived up to my projection. After getting back from our time abroad I had two days before heading to a workshop, and then I attempted to catch up with friends between teaching and finding a dress for my sister's wedding, which is now over. So we're home again for a few days, and then it's off to see the other set of parents before Partner does some of his own Spring traveling and I stay home with the cat.

All of the writing I was making such good progress with has been sitting unloved in my laptop all month, not to mention the course prep and manuscript review I still have to do before the 1st. I can't believe it's almost April. I really need to get some work done this week.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


I was never informed that there would be an actual DAY on which I would have to decide between things that would make having a family impossible from a practical/scheduling standpoint (a) and things that would make having a family the default primary goal of the next few years (b), since the only reason to say no to (a) would be to pursue (b).

This choice cannot be unmade, and will not be available again if I say no to (a). Given that (a) is something I always thought I wanted and was working toward, I am currently feeling that life as a field scientist can be very unfair.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

home again

My trip home was the least well-organized thing ever, thanks to United and their decision that merging with Continental should mean reinventing their entire computer system and then not training any of their employees in its use. Awesome times for us, but I shouldn't complain, since we are home now and nothing really bad happened, assuming that the bag I'm still missing does arrive at some point in the future.

Today we got so much done - cleaned the house (it wasn't bad, but I apparently have higher cleanliness standards than most people), did piles and piles of laundry, went shopping for all the food and cleaning staples that we had used up in December, set up the home computers, went through some of the mail, etc etc. Tomorrow I have to head to the office, but we're mostly unpacked now, which means I should have plenty of time.

I got coffee and showers, and will be enjoying that Midori martini this evening. Things I notice about my house, now that I've been out of it for a while:

- we have really hot water, and should probably turn the water heater down a bit
- we get nothing but junk mail
- we live in an amazingly quiet place
- my old house is really creaky. I apparently got used to this, but now I'm noticing again.

The cat was very happy to see us, and has been very cute in her neediness. I'm waiting for her to decide that we should be punished instead of loved.

Monday, March 5, 2012


The time to fly is rapidly approaching. I would like to know what law of the universe decrees that no matter how long I'm gone, where I go, or what I buy while I'm abroad, my bags are always, always, always stuffed completely full and are barely within the weight limit. It's one of the great mysteries.

This morning we headed out on the town one more time to take some photos and to find a gift for one more friend. Then we packed, showered and ate, and are now just killing time before we try to get to bed early, an effort which I'm sure will prove to be a complete failure.

We will be up long before dawn to attempt a final passage through this insane airport, where I will count myself lucky if I don't have to unpack every single bag to show security some piece of equipment that I won't be able to describe in the local language anyway, so that they will eventually just ask me whether I'm checking the bag and wave me through. I always have this dread that they'll confiscate something at the last minute, despite the fact that I've dragged most of this gear through this airport many times before. Last time we left we just had to account for our laptops, so I hope tomorrow is equally painless.

Hot showers and coffee are still at the top of my cravings list, so Wednesday will be extremely exciting.

Friday, March 2, 2012


Bad weather means bad internet here, and we've had some bad weather for the past few days. Stuck inside, with limited connectivity, the pages that load semi-well are Facebook, Blogger, and Yahoo. Those that load poorly include Twitter, Google, all library sites, and my work email. Guess how productive I've been?