Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy Birthday, Husband!

Yesterday morning I told Nick "Happy last day of being 34!" He looked at me for a second and said "I am 33..." Oh. Right. I am not great with keeping track of ages...
Happy 34th birthday, Papa!!!  We love you more than words can say.
(Gotta have some help blowing out 34 candles....)


Friday, March 27, 2015

DC in Pictures

I don't have a lot of time to write a thoughtful post on my trip to DC, but I wanted to get these pictures up as I am heading toward my own one week blogging deadline about life events.  I will say that while I do not travel for work often, I am constantly surprised by how rewarding the experience is when I do.  I have traveled for work before this job, and it was always fine.  Part of the job.  Now, falling in line with my post from Wednesday, I find that I get so much out of my work travel now.  The conferences I attend are absolutely packed with valuable information for our area of research, and as I sit in these meetings I am overcome with how much I enjoy this work.  Also, it's pretty cool with the Vice President of the United States is the Keynote speaker, because then your mom can tell people you had lunch with the VP, even if she conveniently forgets to include there were like, 1100 other people there.  Moms.

So, the first day I was in DC was sorta random in the fact that the cheapest flight got me in around 10am, but I didn't have to be at the conference until 7am the next morning.  My boss/traveling companion Corrine was in a workshop so I was on my own for the day.  I headed out into the city solo, which was surprisingly enjoyable.
My first stop was the White House.  Where I assumed I was as close as I would ever be to the President of the United States.
Then, as I was walking past the White House gate an office told me I had to step back, and I was like "WHY??"  and then someone else randomly on the sidewalk was like "Look!  The President!!"  So, I took a picture.  Hello President Obama.
My solo sightseeing tour then lead me to the Holocaust Museum, which was moving beyond words.  Truly.  Beyond any words that I can find.  I will say that while it was heartbreaking it was absolutely worth going through as a way to honor and understand the horrors of our past.  Here are some of the pictures.

After that I was sorta emotionally drained and figured I would head back to my hotel, but as I was walking I ran into the National Art Museum.  One of the coolest things about DC is all the Smithsonian Museums are free, so I figured I would wander in for a little while.
I took this one picture, only to be told by security I couldn't take pictures.  WHAT?  And THEN I saw like a million other people taking pictures and I was annoyed.  But whatever.  I enjoyed it, even if I can't provide photographic evidence of the pictures I enjoyed.

After that I really did head back to my hotel, and then most of the rest of the trip was dedicated to work related activities, which while awesome, aren't really relevant to this post.  BUT, on Friday night Corrine and I headed out on the Monuments by Moonlight tour and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  If you are ever in DC, go on this tour.  Here are a few pictures which do not in any way do the tour justice.

 Here are Corrine and I outside of the Roosevelt Monument overlooking the Washington Monument.


World War Two


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bio Girl is Evolving (again)

I am currently at work and do not have access to my pictures, so I am pushing back the post on sharing them from my DC trip (again). I will get them up eventually!  For now, I wanted to share a video with you.  I am not sure of where this blog is going.  It is hard to find the time to write, and I worried that I had lost the desire to talk in this space.  But what I think I am realizing is that maybe I am just not used to talking on here about what is currently important to me.  While I of course love sharing stories from our family life, I no longer talk about infertility and talk very little of my grief over losing Missy.  Those things have such large places in my heart, but I feel talked out in those areas. Yet they have filled this space for so long, I wasn't entirely sure how to switch gears (again).  Yet my drive for writing, my need to get words on digital paper so they are out of my head, has to be centered on what I am passionate about.

What I am truly passionate about right this minute is my work.  And the idea of sharing those thoughts with you, how I feel about my research on how early childhood experiences influence that child's future, or about violence on college campuses and what we can do to stop it, or about teaching and general public health ideas... that is where my head is when it isn't at home with Nick and  Henry.  And so I am going to test the waters on talking about those things a little more around here.  It may happen, or this may be the only post on the topic.  Time will tell.  And there will always be Henry, Nick, and family posts with pictures and funny stories.  But since the start of this blog over eight years ago there has always been something more than that worked in, and it has sometimes had to evolve to follow who I am in that moment. So I am trying to evolve this space. Again.

Now, a video!  Not of Henry.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to hear Dr. Nadine Burke Harris speak at the Future's Without Violence conference I attended this past weekend.  She was amazing, and her research and practice are perfectly in line with my main areas of interest in public health research.  The ACEs measurement she discusses is something I am currently using, so it was exciting to hear her talk about something I am so passionate about.  I believe anyone who interacts with children should take the fifteen minutes to watch this video.  It is worth it.