Friday, June 29, 2007

Nothing new.

I'm still waiting for the wedding pics. Rob and Lisa are on a mini-pseudo-honeymoon in Washington DC and I'm hoping that they leave me a CD when the come back to WI to pick up their dog, Riley. Until then, you'll have to be satisfied with these gems.

Monday, June 25, 2007

A wedding done right.

The wedding was amazing. It was completely casual and laid back, and it allowed for the most genuine expression of love to come through. I can't wait to post pictures - Lisa was absolutely gorgeous and the weather was perfect. We all sat under a giant oak tree in the meadow next to our house, and the congregation was asked to share their thoughts for the couple. My dad was the officiant, and he talked about how we were all a part of creating this new marriage, and that whenever we think of Rob and Lisa, we should send them our blessings. Then Lisa said her vows - I don't think there was a dry eye present. Once she finished, it was Rob's turn. He didn't say a lot, but the look on his face spoke a thousand words. I got a great picture of that moment and I'll post it soon.

The weekend was full of celebration, and I'm beat today, but I'm so happy for my brother and my new sister. I'm sending you guys my blessings right now!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Yes, I'm totally procrastinating.

I have about 4 hours of deep reading to do tonight, and it's already 7:08, so that means I can get a maximum of six hours of sleep if I do nothing else but read tonight. So of course, I'm blogging.

I just had to update you on my week. Isaac started summer school in Madison this week. There is a community center with a child care program in the little cul de sac where my new apartment is located. Isaac LOVES his school. I hope the transition to his new elementary school in the fall will go as smoothly.

I'm really exhausted this week with the start of my theory class, my return to work, driving to Madison daily (after getting Isaac up and ready and fed and in the car), and all the reading I have to do at night. But I REALLY LOVE MY CLASS. So that's good.

And my brother's wedding is coming up this weekend. I'm really looking forward to it - Rob and Lisa were here this weekend and they are both so happy, and I'm really happy for them. Plus it's gonna be a fun party.

But I'm tired. Today I went to (gasp!) Walmart to buy a 100% cotton t-shirt for Isaac to tie-dye at school (I made sure it was Made in Bangladesh), and I think I fell asleep while walking. Suddenly I realized that I had walked smack into a rack of clothes and my arm hurt and the rack was falling over. I have a huge bruise on my arm that is going to look great in my strapless dress for the wedding. It'll match the farmer's tan and weirdo tan lines on my feet that look like liver spots. Oh yeah, I'm gonna be a hottie for this wedding!

And yes, I'm tired. I fell asleep walking. And you're sharing the road with me. Hence the move to Madison, where I can ride the bus.

OK time to read.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Jesus was a liberal.


We really ought to convert to the metric system. Here is a map that shows in red the countries that are holding on to the non-metric system of measurement (does it have a name?)

Monday, June 18, 2007

I'm craving a girl-baby.

This is Zoya, daughter of Zeenat and Tanveer. Sometimes she smiles and looks out of the corners of her eyes and it's almost overwhelmingly adorable.

Zeenat posted pictures of Isaac and Raffae on her blog, so check it out.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

I heart DC

Isaac and I had a great time. Here are some of the highlights:

1) Riding the Metro. Isaac loves putting the ticket through the gate thingy and I love how cheap it is, and I feel cool that I know how to use it.

2) The Smithsonian: We hit the National Museum of Natural History and saw the huge fossil collection, watched an Imax movie about sharks, and bought some DIY geodes from the gift shop.

3) The Fulbright Orientation: I absolutely love being invited to this conference because the people I meet are so incredibly awesome. I still struggle with a little of that impostor syndrome when I'm around these folks. This time I gave a talk on making the most of the Fulbright year through outreach, and I scared the crap out of the folks heading to Bangladesh this year.

4) Meeting of the Bloggers: I finally got to meet my cyber-friends Zeenat and Tanveer. I found Tanveer's blog a while back and started reading Zeenotes a short while later. It turns out that we have a mutual friend, and we've developed a casual blogular relationship since then. The visit was great and I enjoyed some delicious vegetarian food cooked by Zeenat's mom especially for me (thanks Khalamma!) I'm hoping Z. posts some of the pictures she took of Isaac and Raffae on her blog so I can link! (And I was completely mesmerized by their beautiful daughter Zoya. I love girl-children!) (AND there is a child in the world who is as picky as Isaac. Raffae and Isaac ate plain spaghetti for supper.)

5) A little bit o' activism: Isaac and I stopped by Senator Kohl's office for "Coffee with Herb". He hosts these meet and greet sessions every Wednesday morning and agrees to take pictures with his constituents. I wonder why he doesn't bother to come to Wisconsin to meet his constituents very often? I put in a plug for the Fulbright program and then stood by as members from the Campus Antiwar Network at UW-Madison (they happened to be visiting DC as well) asked the Senator some tough questions while video-taping him. In case you missed the link to the whiteboard protest I did a while back, please check it out.

I'm glad to be back in the Wilderness for now, though, and I'm looking forward to my class starting on Monday. (That's a lie, I'm dreading it.) I still need to finish my paper, I must think about moving, my brother's wedding is next weekend, and blah blah blah. I'm gonna take a nap.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Boy, do I have news.

First of all, the most important news: I just finished writing a pretty good draft of my paper! I call it a draft because although it's in "final" form, I have sent it to no less than FOUR reviewers for comments. I'm sure I'll have some work ahead of me when I get their comments back, and I still have to do the references section.

Second, I'm leaving for Washington DC on Tuesday. Isaac and I have been invited to present at the New Fulbright Grantees Orientation again this year. I love this conference, because I get to meet the new crop of grantees going to Bangladesh, and I get a free trip to DC! I'll also get to visit my buddy Kei and maybe even meet fellow bloggers Zeenat and Tanveer. (Will you guys be around this week?) We'll be there all week. I've got several museum visits planned, as well as a visit to our elusive Senator Kohl (whose office I occupied in a recent protest.) Since he rarely visits Wisconsin, I decided it was a good idea to visit him in DC while I'm there.

Third, and hold on to your hats because this is a big one, I'm moving. Yes, I know it's surprising, since it's been almost a year since I last moved, but I have decided that I can no longer handle the drive to Madison. It was a sudden decision. I had insomnia one night and realized that I was killing myself with lack of sleep. Actually, I've had some pretty scary moments on the road where my eyeballs rolled back in my head - although my eyelids were open I was definitely asleep at the wheel. I got out of bed that night and applied for university housing, and was offered a place the following day.

I'm really happy about this decision, but I'm dreading living on my own. I've never really done it, you know. I've always lived with SOMEONE. Now I'm really gonna have to grow up. If the toilet is plugged, I certainly can't ask Isaac to plunge it. If a bad guy breaks in, I'm the one who has to beat him with a baseball bat. (Geez, should I buy a baseball bat?)

Isaac will be attending one of the best schools in Madison, renown for its diversity. We will both join Tae Kwon Do classes, and I'm going to host a Hindi movie night at least once a month. And let's hear it for free internet!! And recycling!! And walking to school instead of spending 15 hours in the car per week!! Yes, it's going to be good. And who wants to live in the same place for more than a year anyways??? Surely not I.

(Except that I have to leave my precious dogs in the Wilderness.)

There is yet another announcement in the works, but I'm not ready to go public with it yet, since it involves approval by some Important People. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I have the power!

My brother Rob and I used to LOVE He-Man and She-Ra. The new version sucks, but thanks to YouTube, we can enjoy gems like this one.

(Found on TransBuddha.)

And who can resist Lion-O with his weird growing sword?

If that's not enough for you, search for the Family Guy Meets HeMan and Family Guy Thundercats videos on YouTube. Oh, YouTube, how I love thee!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

What do you think?

1) Is it bad that I just ate an entire jar of dill pickles for supper?

2) How much is "200 grams of chickpeas"? (2a. - Why don't we use the metric system in the US?)

3) Do I absolutely HAVE to exercise in order to lose weight?

4) If I leave the end of my paper in a messy lump of fragment sentences, will my professor notice? I mean, it's already 29 pages. Maybe she won't read that far.

5) Why did Bill Watterson stop writing Calvin and Hobbes?

6) Why is it socially acceptable to paint our fingernails blood red, but if I want to paint my fingernails black, it's a big statement? Whatever happened to Vamp nail polish?

7) What makes french fries so damn tasty?

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Yesterday Was Not Good.

OK, so there were a few good things - I ate my breakfast and drank my coffee while sitting on one of the Adirondack chairs by the fire pit. I watched part of Sex and the City season 5. I got to visit my sister in GB, and even drove by the Domestic Nemesis's childhood home. That was great.

But, I also spent too much money, ate too many calories, and didn't work a lick on my paper. I got behind on some of my important emails. I didn't give the stinky dogs a bath or do any laundry.

So I made a to-do list for today. Looking at the list gives me a headache.

Feck it, I'm not doing it. I'm taking Isaac to the movies instead.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Procrastination Strikes

I've made some major progress on my paper, and I'm actually enjoying learning about the topic, but the sweet, warm breeze of summer has temporarily paralyzed me. I haven't gotten anything meaningful done for the past three days (on my paper, that is.)

However, I have enjoyed my morning coffee three days in a row, I've slept in, and read SEVERAL books for pleasure.

This weekend, I'm taking Isaac to two movies (Spiderman 3 and Pirates of the Carribean 3). We're also going to see my sister in Green Bay, and I'm hoping to help my parents do some fixing around the house to prepare for the wedding. Looks like I'll have plenty of things to do rather than write my paper.

My June 2 deadline is going to expire tomorrow. New deadline: June 8. Wish me luck.