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June 29, 2011

Back again . . .

Filed under: Family, Personal — Tags: — llcall @ 4:22 am

Remember that one time I finished my huge stats final — my final class of grad school — breathed a sigh of relief, ordered a pizza for an epic celebration with Kaila, and promptly ended up in the hospital . . .

Well, today is not quite like that day.  But there’s some odd congruence.  Last night I finished my thesis revisions and submitted it to my advisor and graduate coordinator for approval.  I breathed a sigh of relief and I made cupcakes.  I planned to clean today and maybe celebrate, just a little bit.  But instead the day started with a 911 call for my dear Grandpa and here I am at the hospital, keeping him company in case he wakes up.  The lesson seems clear: I shouldn’t accomplish things . . . my accomplishments always end at Utah Valley hospital.

It’s been a long and tiring day to be sure, but also a good day for me.  I know it’s strange to say but I’ve had some wonderful moments with both my Grandpa and Grandma today.  And I like feeling that I could be of some use to them when they have done so much for me — housing me and my family for the last four years is just the tip of that iceberg.  Also, I think a lot about living and dying, illness and death, partially because I’m a professional sickie and partially because I have always had octogenarian friends.  And so today has been full of contemplation and realization.  Dramatic events are not always fun but I confess that I sort of love the way they crowd everything else out.  Unimportant things drop like flies and you are left, for a few minutes or hours or days, with just those things that really matter.

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June 25, 2011

Favorite comment from my thesis defense:

Filed under: Incarceration research, Personal — Tags: , — llcall @ 4:34 am

There was a warmth to the writing.  I appreciated you using the I pronoun; it wasn’t overly academic or archaic, which are probably the same thing.  You were in it.

*Phew.*  I was hoping that would come across despite the fact that I had to write sentences like: Using the Bonferroni approach to control for Type I error across the 22 correlations, a p value of less than .002 (.05/22 = .002) was required for significance.

June 23, 2011

I’ve been a very bad blogger lately . . .

Filed under: Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 1:13 am

Especially when it comes to chronicling Addison’s latest and greatest.  Hopefully, that will all change in the near future since I defend at 3:00 PM.  TOMORROW!  YAHOO!

But in the meantime, I had to note Addison’s newest skill.  This morning we were playing with the talking piggy bank that her honorary uncle Brandon sent for her first birthday.  She put one coin in and the piggy said, “One.”  To which she replied, “Two.”  I did a double take . . . did she just count?  So I held up a coin and said, “One.”  And Addison pointed at another coin and said, “Two.”  My first reaction was, “DANG!  My baby just COUNTED!!”  Which was quickly followed by a much more subdued, “Dang, my baby just counted.”  Because, of course, babies can’t count so it seems that my baby isn’t a baby at all anymore.  Boo.

But she kept counting throughout the day so indeed, at least for today, she can count to two.  And we owe it all to Brandon and the talking piggy bank!

June 15, 2011

Remember how I’ve been itching to travel lately . . .

And by lately, I mean at least since I was born.  Well, I’ve decided to let this blogger pick up the tab for my next trip to Paris.  And by next, I mean my first.  I’ve never won a contest of any kind before, so it seems like it’s my time.

Truth be told, I already feel like I’ve won the lottery because I managed to get four busy professors’ schedules to align for 2 hours next week so I can defend my thesis.  They are literally the ONLY two hours in which they are all going to be available and in Provo until October.  Not only did I find that minuscule window of opportunity, but I also procured the necessary signatures to make this all happen (although one was via a top-secret, emergency procedure that will not be named).  They don’t tell you this when you start grad school, but they should: it is at least as hard to get the required signatures as it is to write your thesis/dissertation.  But that’s all forgotten now because I have a lot of breathing room from now until Thursday the 23rd at 3:00 pm.  Huzzah!

Today I’ve turned that breathing room into doing laundry while watching Anne of Avonlea (and yes, I did watch it on VHS . . . I’m old school like that) and then an actual date night (most of our dates take place at 4:00 pm when our usual babysitter can watch Addison and even though it shouldn’t make much of a difference, there’s something exciting about leaving the house at 7:30 — every once in a while anyway; most of the time I’m happy to be in my PJs then) [also, did you observe the length of that parenthetical as well as the variety of punctuation within it?  I’m beginning to think this whole paragraph is bordering on the ridiculous], thanks to Kamille’s (a sister from my ward) kind offer to babysit.  We hit up the dollar theater and saw The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.  I liked it more than expected . . . it was funny, sweet, and thought-provoking, a nice combination.

It’s been a good couple of days in my world.

June 8, 2011

Feeling low? This should help . . .

Filed under: Incarceration research, Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 11:59 am

I finished my thesis this afternoon.  Yay. (Monty Python cheer).  Just a day (and two years) later than planned, not too bad.  I sent it to my advisor about 6:00 . . . and by 6:15, I could feel the adrenaline subsiding and holy crap, I was TIRED!  As I’ve been working these 12-hour days for the last couple of weeks, I thought I was doing okay: eating healthier than usual and getting 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night (although I’m always better off with 9 to 10 hours).  But I had to be at the lab A LOT because I don’t have all the analysis software at home and it’s entirely clear that I was not made for spending full-time hours out of bed.  I woke up about 3:00 am just sick.  Sick.sick.sick.

I’m definitely not in much of a blogging mood (but don’t worry, the requests for pictures or videos of Addison have been duly noted), but I had to pass along this video that definitely made this middle-of-the-night illness more bearable:

Now that’s just good for the soul.

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