Monday, May 31, 2010

thoughts from the weekend vacation.

1. Suburbia should be more walkable.

2. No turn on red signs are annoying.

3. Cleveland needs a big fountain that kids can play in downtown.

4. Taking a vacation with a baby is a new challenge.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

If only...

If I was serious about getting a job, this would be perfect one:

The Department of Chemistry at John Carroll University (
invites applications for a one year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August
2010, with a possibility of renewal up to three years. A Ph.D., preferably in physical
chemistry, is required. The successful candidate will teach 12 credits of a combination of
physical chemistry and introductory level chemistry lecture courses and lab courses each
semester. The Department is ACS certified, well equipped in chemical and biochemical
instrumentation, has a vibrant undergraduate research program, and is housed in the new
Dolan Center for Science and Technology. John Carroll University is a privately
controlled, co-educational, Catholic and Jesuit University located in the eastern suburbs
of Cleveland. A CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three letters of
recommendation, and a statement of teaching philosophy should be sent to Dr. Michael P.
Setter, Chair, Department of Chemistry, John Carroll University, University Heights, OH
44118. Review of completed applications will begin immediately. Electronic versions
may be sent to for consideration until paper copies arrive. John Carroll
University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. The university is
committed to diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from
women and minorities.

But the thing is, I'm not serious.  I really don't want a job so much right now.  I think it would hinder me from being true to who I am. Yes I would using my degree, yes I would be making money, yes it would even be at a good place a Caholic college, but it would mean in my mind missing out on some great moments with my baby boy, and those so far I have really enjoyed and he's just getting to that 3 month mark. So why do I feel bad about not taking it, because somewhere in my mind I'm letting someone down. Even if I'm not.  I just have that feeling, and I don't like to let people down. But I have to be true to myself even though being it makes me something that others think is beneath me. And I have to be ok with that.  That's the part I struggle with, the being ok with my decisions and not worry about what the world thinks of them. 

Ok on to paying bills and satisfying a hot cranky baby.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Frozen Banana

For all you Arrested Development fans out there, or those of you who like my husband have a Jason Bateman man crush.  Today Ben is a Bluth, as the outfit says he has his own banana stand.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ben is now a little Catholic kid

It was a whirlwind weekend with family here from all over, and a baptism with a party to follow. Overall it was good, and the goal was accomplished. Ben got baptized.  Here is a little pic for proof.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

bits of info

Two bad things in the fam this week happened.

1. My Grandma broke her hip in three places from a bad fall, while the recovery is gonna take a long time, she needs lots of prayers for patience, and that those around her will be willing to help her with what needs to be done. I believe she is now in a rehab facility and out of the hospital.

2. My brother-in-law who is also a chemist, but of the wet variety, had a nasty chemical accident, and has a burned foot because of that.  Never mess with full strength sulfuric acid.

Two good things:

1. I am done with researching and now just have to write my thesis, which means, working from home with Ben in tow. w00t!  Sadly, this means I no longer will have an income, but really that is just a minor detail and we will do just fine with my husband's salary.

2. I was a confimation sponsor for a teen in the Lifeteen program and she was confirmed by the Bishop last night, which is super cool, cause now she is a full fledged adult Catholic.

Monday, May 3, 2010


Today I start writing my thesis.  Apparently I am done researching.  I hope to be done writing by August.  Scary to think the end is really here.  All this being paranoid about having to deal with the boss for nothing.  Well I hope to get an hour of researching in today.

Also, pray for the Tennesseans they are all flooded out.  Hopefully they can get things back to normal quickly.