Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dear New Mexico:

Dear New Mexico Legislature and Governor Bill Richardson,

Please, PLEASE raise my taxes, and don't cut the (already pathetic, sorry-ass) education budget. We can't afford to produce any fewer, less-educated children in this state.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

He figures these things out

He watches us. And apparently, he learns...

I thought that I'd film him having gotten up onto the "big boy chair." Something else happened instead.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


And now... illness. This totally sucks. This is my week, my ONE WEEK, when there is *nothing* going on at work, and I don't have my sociology class. And this is the time whatever virus decided to infect me. It couldn't have happened during a week when I would actually be getting out of something unpleasant - no. It had to attack me two days before we're supposed to go out of town for our anniversary.

And it looks like it got mom too, so there goes our babysitter.

And Bryce had a temperature of 99.4 when we put him to bed tonight, too.

Annoyed. And feverish.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Three... more... days

The study I work on has three more days left of data collection for this round (we do two rounds each year). I cannot believe how much effort has gone into this one, and frankly I wonder how we all managed to survive it. I've been working multiple 12 to 15 hour days, regularly. Ty, of course, also puts in so many hours whenever I do. And, what's worst, I don't get to see Bryce too much. I even had a dream that it had been an entire year since I last saw him.

But, thankfully, all this running around will come to an end on Friday, whether the project gets all the data we need or not. The intervention phase of the study starts on October 12, and no data collection can go on at the same time - they have to be independent of eachother.

I'm taking a couple of days off in a row next week, and Ty's taking me to the Laughing Lizard Inn in Jemez Springs. We will eat a fancy supper and just veg for the evening. Bryce is staying with mom (Thanks Mom!!). Robert will watch the girls, so I feel pretty comfortable that everything will be okay.

I love doing research. I love my job and the work that I do, but I tell you: I am SO READY for this craziness to be over already!!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Worn to a nub

Everyone. Everyone around here is worn to a nub. Been a big few weeks for Courtney at work, 12 hour days and loooong periods on the road. On top of that, she's got a class on NM cultures with loads of reading and a test this week. Of course, 12 hour days for her means 12 hour days for me too, and a generalized lack of energy for all at the end of the day. It feels like everything is on hold for now.

Hopefully I'll be starting up doing examiner articles next week, which should be interesting. The rumor is that they actually pay real money, who knows how much? But real money on the internet? I haven't seen that since Brijit.com gave up the bizarre business plan of sending out checks for no particularly good reason. Next week, incidentally, marks a sea-change in my life overall. You see, starting next week, Denise is going to watch the baby every Wednesday afternoon, to which I can only offer profound, deeply felt thanks and a one-man chorus of infinite Halleluja!