The Sleepy Crab

I have now been run over by the April Blog Challenge horse.  Planning an update soon.  For now, a little cuteness on a rainy day.

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April Blog Challenge Catch-Up Days # 22-26

DAY #26 – FAMILY PICTURE

DAY #25 – NAME YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY

DAY #24 – NAME SOMETHING YOU HAVE LEARNED

DAY #23 – FAVORITE VACATION

DAY #22 – YOUR FAVORITE CITY

If you have been following along with the challenge this month you know that I can never chose just one favorite.  Never.

  • ATLANTA, GA – This is where I grew up and I will always love it.  Driving into the city always brings tears to my eyes.
  • ASHEVILLE, NC
  • PORTLAND, OR
  • SEATTLE, WA

What’s Up with Girls?

This morning was the annual Flower Communion service and it is always one of my favorites.  Everyone brings a flower from their own yard/favorite place and we offer them together to make a series of colorful bouquets.  After the community of flowers is blessed, the children ring them around the outdoor columbariam in celebration of life’s changes and the passage of time.  Afterward we decided to take some pictures of Yogi and one of his church friends, a little girl who turned a year old last month.

It started out so well, but things can deteriorate quickly.  Especially when there is attempted kissing involved.

April Blog Challenge Day #21

A PICTURE OF YOURSELF

I’ve decided to take this in the oddball image direction.  I’m having a strange day and only strange pictures will do.

This is a shot of me and Z celebrating how good it truly is to be a gangsta.  😉  Yeah…. we were really silly that weekend.  This is also my very best mean face.  Gotta work on that.  T and Z met my now wife during this crazy trip.

We gathered lots of baby photos for our wedding reception and I’ve been looking through them lately for little hints of Yogi in my wife’s baby face.

This is one of my favorites of my wife’s pictures.

And here is further evidence that I have ALWAYS been a girly girl and I have always wanted a baby.  Oh how I loved that hat.  I can still remember it.

April Blog Challenge Day #19

SOMETHING THAT YOU MISS

Eating this after school and before my actual dinner and never imagining that one day such a thing would have a significant impact on the way my clothes fit.

Living close to this city and all of those mountains.

Relatively unlimited time to play with paper like this.  And also pictures and paints and lots and lots of letters.

April Blog Challenge Days #16-18

YOUR DREAM HOUSE

I’m not a dream house kind of person.  What I mean by that is that I’ve never thought a lot about what would make the perfect house.  I’ve lived in 6 houses in my life (2 in childhood and 4 in adulthood) and what has been most important about each one has been WHO I have been living with.  I can certainly come up with a list of what I have liked best and least about each place, but all of that is highly colored by the life I was living in each one.

It’s not such a satisfying answer, but it’s the truth.  If asked today which house I liked best I would tell you the one I’m in right now.  It is a lovely house and perfect for the four of us, but the reason I love it is not so much that it is fabulous (which it is 😉 ), but that my family is thriving here.  That my son is sleeping in the room next door, my dog is snoring a few feet away and my wife is printing a journal article on the printer just down the hall.  That’s my idea of a dream house.

SOMETHING YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO

  • My Dad finishing chemo and getting a clean bone marrow test
  • My wife’s parents moving closer
  • Getting started on Yogi’s first year album
  • Yogi becoming a big brother

SOMETHING THAT YOU REGRET

I am a believer in the idea that every experience shapes you in essential ways and also provides you with an opportunity to learn something you need to know.  Some lessons take longer than others. 😉   I have made many, many questionable and downright bad decisions and I have paid the price for each one.  Regret isn’t really something I focus a lot of attention on, but if I had to pick one thing I know what it would be.

During the summer of 2007 I made the decision to leave my first post-graduate job in order to be closer to my now wife.  As in I told my department head in June that I would be leaving in August.  Not so cool.  I had spent two years at that university and developed a significant mentoring relationship with one particular student.  As a young female psych professor who teaches classes like The Psychology of Women,  it’s easy to get sucked into the drama of your students lives.  This was something I was always attentive to, but there was one student who got in a little closer than any of the others.  She had all sorts of challenges (family and social skills and academic) and I spent alot of time working to help her feel confident in her own skin.

My regret is that I didn’t contact her personally to let her know that I would be leaving.  This is someone who had suffered all kinds of losses and was not unfamiliar with being left behind.  I allowed myself to be swept up in the whirlwind of moving (and trying to find a decent academic job over the summer for a Fall start) and I never said goodbye.  It wasn’t right and it’s something I truly regret.

I fell off the Blog Challenge horse over the weekend, but I will back and updated soon.  In the meantime, here’s a little Yogi.