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Recovering from an anniversary weekend

Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary. Can I just say? I think living in the same place has been good for us; way better than being 213 miles apart. We had a weekend packed with festivities, including:

Introducing Maggie

We found a new friend at the dog shelter this weekend. I have been “between dogs” since my family’s beloved Psyche (our beagle who was attacked by the cougar) died of lymphoma in 2004. Here’s Psyche on Christmas 2003 (and me with really really long hair): My husband has never had any pets, and I’ve…

Alice’s summer road trip

Okay. I’ve been back a week now, and am getting myself a little recombobulated, so now it’s time to jump back in to blogging. Thanks for your patience while I’ve been offline. Our trip out west was phenomenal. As I’ve mentioned, my parents have a cabin north of Vancouver, and it’s really the place we…

When I first started to go to conferences, I couldn’t see what people saw in them. I didn’t know anyone, I thought lots of the sessions were boring, and I found the whole thing overly stressful to deal with. Then I started making some friends who I would see at said conferences, and then started…

Hallo from Amsterdam!

I’m in Amsterdam, we’re having a great time, I’m totally jet lagged, and I have decided I love Dutch coffee. Thanks for the advice on things to do – my best decision so far was not biking. Here are some photos; I’ll try to update them when we next get some cheaper internet time (20…

RBOC, copy&paste edition

Okay, so I finally updated our family blog with what has been going on behind the scenes here at Chez Nous, and I will share some of it with you, through the power of copy and paste and with only a modicum of overlap. Voila, I present to you my last two weeks (only some…

Uncurling slightly, slowly

Okay. As mentioned, I’ve been smacked down. I think I’m so deeply tired that it is going to take weeks to recover. I have to have some tough conversations with people over the next few days, not the least of which with my students, and I lack the energy to do so. But I also…

Unbloggable week, with a silver lining

It has been a horrible week at work. Horrible. Actually, it started in the middle of last week. Suffice it to say I have had many behind-the-door conversations, real sturm und drang, and I find it completely unbloggable. Just no idea where to start. So until I figure that out, let me share the tiniest…

I’ve noticed that a certain grimness has entered my colleagues’ and my attitude over the last week or so. It’s a “there is only (X) days/weeks left, we just have to finish” attitude, similar to what I anticipate marathon runners experience around about 24 miles or so. A just keep going, don’t break down now,…

It’s maybe hard for some of us to believe, but it has been 2 years since the Virginia Tech massacre. Day of Remembrance activities in Blacksburg include a candlelight vigil, a memorial run, and an open house in the renovated Norris Hall. It’s amazing for me to think about how we are two years on…