Friday, August 19, 2016

New Job

So, I think it's time I take a minute to tell you all about my new job.  Did you know I got a new job?  Well, SURPRISE!

Actually, to an outside observer, it may not seem as if I got a new job. In fact, it's always sort of awkward when Nick and I announce we got new jobs only to be like, but we still work in the same place, with sorta the same people, doing kinda the same thing...

So a promotion. We have received promotions.  The thing is, at the university they don't really give promotions. If you do a really good job, and the job above you opens up, you still must apply along with the rest of the free world (seriously... our university gets SO MANY APPLICATIONS) and be selected via a competitive process into the new position.  It's just how it works.

Anyway, I am once again announcing on here that I have received a new job.  Based on my count, it's the fifth time in the nearly ten years I have been running this blog that I have posted something similar, and four of those announcements have involved me moving positions within the university.  That seems... excessive.  Which is probably why I haven't mentioned this NEW new job.  But as the semester is about to start, it occurs to me that this "new job" is sort of a big deal, and not really "just a promotion", so it seems worth posting about.

As of July 1st I have become the Director of Undergraduate Studies for our college (not the University as a whole, just for our individual degree program). While I am continuing working with Corrine on our research, that role will now take up much less of my time (25%) and the majority of my effort is moving towards teaching and program direction.  It is truly the best of all worlds, and I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity. I mean, I am really THRILLED.  I am not sure I can clearly say on here without sounding like I am bragging that this is a huge deal and validates all of the hard work I have done over the past several years.  I am really excited about the move, and I am really excited about helping this program grow into what I know it can be. It is going to be hard work, and it is going to take a lot of time and energy and heart, but in the end, I am going to make a lasting impact on this program and these student's lives. And that is really really exciting.

So, with that, I have a new job.  Again. 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

The 1st Day of School: The Second Grade Edition

So here we are again, with another first day of school in the books.
 Second grade already... how does time move so fast?

This year he has his Aunt Boo as his teacher and he gets to sit beside Luke (at least for the first week...) so seriously, what could possibly be any better than that?

I asked if he wanted a new backpack or lunch box, but he said no. I asked if he wanted a new outfit, but he said he likes the clothes he has so he will wear some of those. He let us walk him in to school, but I think that was for us as much as him.  This boy.  He sure does fill my heart.  Second grade, here we come!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Olympics (and other ramblings..)

So did you know I am an insane fan of the summer Olympics?  Like, borderline obsessed. You may recall (or more likely not..) that I blogged about this love in 2012 AND in 2008.  Because I have been blogging for a lifetime, apparently.

Actually, when searching the archives for posts about the Olympics I found this one from  2012 too, which accidentally made me cry AND reminded me of something important.  I wasn't planning on talking about this at all right now, but clearly my real blog posting has slowly dropped in frequency until it is nearly nonexistent.  I haven't decided what to do about that, but I think about it fairly regularly. And as I weigh the pros and cons of continuing to write in this space, I am at a loss.  I had actually been leaning towards the thought that I am probably close to wrapping up Bio Girl. 

But then days like today happen, and I accidentally stumble upon a post which so perfectly captures a moment in time for our family, that without this site I would have forgotten.  In the post I talk about what I expected to become my favorite Olympic memory. It felt that way at the time.  Absolutely unforgettable.  And yet... I had forgotten it. I knew four years ago Henry watched some of the games with me. I remember watching Phelps.  I remember cheering and crying and just all around loving the summer games.  But that exact memory, that joy, it had blurred into the past. Mixing in with a million other "unforgettable" moments of the last seven years. And this is one of the reasons it is so hard for me to think of letting go of this place. To stop recording the ins and outs of our life.  Because while I don't write about Henry or our family stories as much as I used to, a piece of our history continues to be captured in this place.  And while each moment feels unforgettable, it turns out they aren't. And that thought alone makes me want to keep writing here until the end of time.  Because if these little memories are so valuable to me after four years, what will the be worth in 20?

Anyway, the summer Olympics are on.  I didn't have anything to say about them really, I just wanted to write a post, and it seemed like as good a topic as any.  It's almost 8pm, so I think I am going to go watch the games with my boys and make some memories.  Maybe I will even remember to write them down.