Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bryce's birthday wish

Bryce turns 3

Our little toddler is no longer a toddler! He's an honest-to-goodness train!! Er, I mean boy! Though he is still obsessed with trains, and often insists upon being called a train: "No, I am NOT Bryce, I'm a train!" Of course, on his birthday we got to go train crazy. Here he is with his train cake, made by his Nani. It was delicious.

Fitzerman Baby 2

Here are the ultrasound images from February. We're having a little girl!

Life goes on...

So things keep on changing. Should really update the blog more often - it's a much better record than facebook. It's quieter, too...

So, stuff that's new:

I have two new jobs.
I work 40% at the UNM PRC still, but on a new project. I am co-coordinator for the New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS). It's part of the CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS), and it basically asks questions about health behavior risk and protective factors among students grades 6 -12. For example, New Mexico kids have the 2nd highest cigarette smoking rate in the nation. My job currently entails contacting superintendents statewide and requesting their districts' participation in the survey. It will get busy in August when we start coordinating the survey's implementation in schools - scheduling and packing and shipping and receiving... it's gonna be awesome. I myself am looking most forward to getting results in and doing analyses!!
I also work 60% at the UNM Hospital Emergency Department. I go from room to room and screen patients for a study about drug use. If they screen in, I recruit them and enroll them, and sometimes I get to do a brief intervention with them using a technique called Motivational Interview. It's been demonstrated to be effective for people dealing with alcoholism, but not with drug use so far. It's a really interesting study, and I REALLY enjoy doing MI. I also like talking to drug users. Who knew?

Ty is in his second semester of graduate school. I think that he's finding this semester somewhat less challenging than his last. I'm sure he could probably say more, and that I should probably leave it to him to say it...

Bryce is 3!! He had a great birthday and I totally need to post some pictures of it. His birthday wish before he blew out his candle was, "I wish for train cake." Lucky kid! Said candle happened to be atop a Nani-made chocolate frosted train cake.

Tomorrow Ty and I are going to Seattle for three days. Mom is being super kind and watching Bryce for us! Last big trip for me and Ty with just the one kid to need a sitter for!

Friday, March 11, 2011

New car. Welcome home, 2005 Pontiac Vibe.