28 August 2014

UT Nostalgia

Yesterday was the start of the fall semester at UT. I happened to be on campus because met with my (omgformer!) advisor about the direction I want my projects to go. (The answer is always more grandiose than I have the ability or resources). It was bittersweet seeing the bustling campus. While I don't want to be back there preparing to TA an astronomy lab that no one wants to be in (hello, international relations majors), this is the first time in a decade that I have not been part in first day of classes on a college campus. (Holy crap, I have a case of teh olds.)

I've spent the better part of the last three years not going to campus all that often. I worked from home for most of my (uncomfortable) pregnancy and then only went in when I had to since Ramona was born. However, I will miss some things about campus, with the biggest being the elevator in the Speedway parking garage. Weird, I know, but it's glass and you can look out and see people and buildings and trees. It's strangely lovely, and the best way for me to calmly survey the chaos before thrusting myself into it.

dirty window, quiet campus

26 August 2014

Blogging again

I think I'm going to start blogging again. I'm not sure if it's all going to be food-related, but some of it definitely will be. Right now we're moving, time is passing so quickly, and I want to record what's going on for posterity. Or something.

A lot of the women who participate in Hackbright have kept blogs to chronicle their experiences and I've really enjoyed them. It's given me some insight into what it'll be like in the program and has helped to ease my worries about how it's going to go. I think I'd like to do this, if I can keep up with it. It'll help me to focus (I hope) and stay connected with people in Austin (because I haven't begun to emotionally process the fact that I'm leaving behind 6+ years of friends in less than 2 weeks).

And since I firmly believe that most blog posts are enhanced with pictures, here's one that we took of Ramona during bluebonnet season. It's only about 5 months late.

Maybe I'll get motivated and redesign the blog. The possibilities are endless!

11 August 2014

Last day of school

I had my defense today and it went well enough that I passed.

And now I'm going to nap forever.

04 August 2014

We're Moving!

Image by Chloe Fleury found here.

I've been waiting for the right time to post this, and now seemed like a great time.

We're moving to San Francisco!

At least, we're moving to the Bay Area. We don't have a place yet and Colby is still looking for a job, but those are just details, right? I'll be a Hackbright Fellow in the fall, where I'll learn python, how to network, and hopefully I'll be able to line up a job for the future. My hope is to be a software engineer or a data scientist.  I am beyond excited and I'm hoping that I'll have the time to blog about my experiences. 

More later and please keep your fingers and toes and eyes crossed for me because I'll be defending in a week from today.

24 June 2014

Oh hai.

So. I'm still here. I've intended to resurrect the blog so many times that I've lost count, but I'm pretty sure that it's going to be mostly dormant between now and when I defend. By the way, my defense is scheduled for August 11th. Please don't tell me how many weeks away that is, because I might have a full blown anxiety attack. I had an over-caffeinated freak out this afternoon, but I talked it out with Kyle. So I'm good, as long as I don't think too long about how much I have to accomplish (and do well!) between now and then. In fact, I'm required to give a draft of my thesis to my committee by July 11th and that is entirely too soon for my tastes.

If you'd like to watch my thesis meltdown much closer, I'm on instagram (again). I'll be taking pictures of pens and lattes and the odd picture of the back of Ramona's head.

It's a very cute head.

06 April 2014

Notes from the underground

screenshot from my talk

There are so many things going on right now, it makes my head spin.

Last last week, my collaborator came into town. We spent a really intense week working on my papers and I had a committee meeting and subsequent talk. It went. Although the collaboration went really well.

I'm going to jinx myself, but I think I finally have a defense date in August. I'm so looking forward to that being over, I can't even tell you. BUT there's so much that I need to do before I finish for real (write an introduction to my thesis, a summary to the thesis, resubmit a paper, and submit another paper) that I'm not quite sure how I'm going to make it. I do know, however, that I will. Because I have to.

Ramona is a trooper. I feel bad because I'm an insane person right now and she's really starting to learn empathy (I don't know how, if you've ever met Colby or me). She sees me going crazy and then says "sorry, mama" since she knows that makes some things better. It warms my heart. It's also part of the reason why I'm not going to really work on weaning her yet because we need that time together when I can just focus on her instead of everything else for a change.

We're selling our house. If you'd like to live in a diversified neighborhood that's not super expensive and like 15 minutes from anything you'd ever want let me know. Last week we secured an apartment next to Ramona's school. We chose that place specifically so she could stay in the same place. So much is changing, and so we wanted to keep that the same for her.

Colby's parents are coming to help us get the house ready and then my dad and step mom are coming too. I'm hoping that we'll have everything ready so that we can officially put the house on the market. I love this house and it's sad that we're selling it, but it's for the best. Ramona needs to be in a better school district for the future, for sure.

There are some other HUGE things on the horizon that I'm not at liberty to specify (no, there will be no siblings for Ramona, unless you know something that I don't, especially considering that I've newly discovered the moscow mule)... yet. But they're good and I'm hopeful for the future. I just wish that it would hurry up and get here so I can stop freaking out.

16 March 2014

Saturday night jams

That feeling when you have so much to do, you can't do anything because you're paralyzed by a combination of fear and stress.

So I'm listening to angsty music I used to listen to in college. Because I was really fucking angsty.