around here: week 2

IMG_7487Relishing… the first big snowfall of the year. We love our local sledding hill and bonus, our besties just moved into the building at the bottom of the hill making bathroom breaks a reality. This is the first year Caleb can fully enjoy the snow. He had a blast going down in the tube with Dad and Mom. Simon is big enough this year to really sled on his own, meaning he can go down and up the hill with his blue saucer. Simon and his buddies went off on a side hill on their own, which was cute. But also, did they have to pick the path through the trees? Then I saw the teenage boys snowboarding…and at least one on a skateboard. If this is my life in 10 years, I’ll take the tree laden hill with a parent supervising.

Celebrating… our last Christmas with Grandma Val and Uncle Josh. Legos were the theme of the day.

Shopping… for a suit to wear to my interview.

Nailing… the Interview. I won’t hear back for a bit, but I felt like it went well and if I get this job I think it will be a really good one.IMG_7503Looking forward… each week to Hump Day Hot Drinks, when Pastor John sets up a free coffee and hot chocolate stand in front of our church office each Wednesday. It’s right on our walk to school and day care, and the little guys love their hot chocolate. Caleb asks most mornings, “Is it hot chocolate day?” So I drew a mug on the Wednesday’s on their calendar so he can check for himself.


IMG_7496Enjoying… gymnastics class. I signed Simon up after being on the wait list for a space forever, then realized that Caleb is old enough too. Almost, it’s a 3-5 year class and he will be 3 in a month, so they said ok. Caleb is a little nuts, but both coaches say it’s fine. Simon loves it, so much that getting him off the floor to go home is a struggle.

Watching… Switched at Birth. Vanessa Marano was a guest on a podcast I listen too. And I realized I never watched past the fist season. It’s a good background show, except that there are scenes entirely in ASL, so I do have to be able to see the screen. There has been some rewinding since I rarely watch anything as a single activity.




My fifteen minutes…

While writing this post in my head I realized that if I’ve been in NYC for 10 years, that means I’ve been working in television and film for more than that. Weird! I got my first job in television as a Schedule Director at WTIU in Bloominton, IN in February 2002. Since then I have held various roles in film and television and media production; research analyst, associate producer, production coordinator, etc… What these roles have in common is that they are all behind the scenes. I’ve never had the burning desire to be “in front of the camera” if you will.

But somehow, yesterday, I got a chance to do a professional voice record (hence quotes above as only my voice will be on screen). Part of my dissertation is an animated video teaching about the Internet. I know a guy who animates things. I read the voice over for the animatic (basically a draft of the video) and my committee strongly recommended that I do the final voice as well. And, well, you can’t argue with that.

Rob’s bosses kindly allowed us to use their studio, and the audio director agreed to do the record and edit. So my fifteen minutes of fame ended up being more fun than I thought it would be. And once I finish my dissertation, you will be able to view the video on the Internet.

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P.S. I’m going to need a website to post the video and possibly for future professional work. Any ideas for a domain name?

P.P.S. My work life sounds more glamorous than it actually is. Promise.

Updates – spring 2014

It seems that every year around this time I take an accidental blogging hiatus. Sorry family! I used to blame it on school and all of the year end papers and stress that came with it. And that is a part of it, but this year there is no school. Instead it’s an incredibly adorable baby and the re-entry to work with some freelance I took on. And the re-entry to school as I’m starting to answer email in a timely fashion again. I took both kids to CSI last week for my undergrads presentation at the Undergrad Research Conference. She did great. Simon did ok with the promise bribe of cookies and getting to walk through the fountain.



Then I took a 3-day stat workshop last week, and I have a manuscript to revise and resubmit, and the dissertation proposal that needs to happen, and a million small things going on like my work with the Graduate Student Teaching Association (I’m an editor and writer for that blog – professional writing hey!) So my blogging hiatus happens because of a busy life coupled with the return of warmer weather and longer days. We’ve been spending a lot of time outside so less free time at the computer than winter days of movie watching.



I keep thinking that Instagram is enough. I’m posting pics to Instagram and Photostream for my Dad and a few others who aren’t on Social Media sites. But it’s not really. I don’t want to spam so I pic one picture per event – although occasionally I will Spam the feed. I’m also feeling a shift in how I present myself on Social Media. Because of the GSTA I’m now using Facebook and Twitter professionally – or I’m not really yet, but I’m hoping to head in that direction. I refuse multiple accounts so I’ve been quieter than usual as I think about how I want to navigate two open accounts (FB and TW) with a primarily personal audience right now, and I love that community, but knowing that professional contacts are following too. What do I share? It’s a shift that happens and spring seems to be my time to contemplate change. I may end up doing nothing differently and that’s ok too.


I’ll never stop blogging because I love the record and the release that it provides when I WRITE. Last year I thought about what I wanted my blog to be. And I wrote so much all fall and winter. This summer I think I want to give the blog a little facelift, mostly for how pictures are displayed. It will be good. I’ve been reading on my phone, but not commenting. Hoping that as the summer progresses make the time to comment and blog more. I see a lot of picture posts with Monday Adventures in my future.


Easter Monday

Wow, time is still flying by. I can’t believe Easter was this weekend. We had our own personal Easter Bunny visit by the name of Theodore Monkey. Thanks Mom for the candy. And we had some pretty eggs that we decorated.

I made cupcakes for church last night. I tried a new recipe from Martha. Thank you Michelle for turning me on to ( – search Billy’s Vanilla Cupcakes) This particular recipe is from Billy’s Bakery. (A very good cupcake maker that Shannon just got us cupcakes from last week.) I was excited to try a semi-famous recipe, and it seemed to work well.

The last two weeks at work have been busy with testing and report writing. The schedule is still changing constantly, but we are starting to get the hang of begin flexible. This morning we went to a preschool for a viewing / training session for our intern and a freelancer. This was an easy morning for me because I got to sit back and watch…and chase the kids who kept trying to escape and leave the room…and stop the kids who were trying to play with the toys…and keep them out of our stuff (purses, equipment, etc…) so on second thought, it’s still a lot of work. They sure were cute though. Next time I need to remember that 8 three-year0old boys is never a good idea, even when there are three adults.
I am also in training myself, because when Natascha goes on maternity leave next month I’m going to have to take over drafting the reports and giving research notes on animatics. Exciting and terrifying at the same time.

That’s it for now. Some pictures soon. I have been painting and decorating (Rob’s apartment) like crazy.