Back to Yale

This past weekend, Chris and I took a quick trip back to Yale.  The chair of Chris’s graduate department was retiring after 40 years.  Ben Sammler is a giant in the field of technical theater production.  When Chris was an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, he studied text books written by Ben.  It blew his mind when he was accepted to Yale for graduate school and realized he would be taking classes with none other than Ben Sammler himself. (SIDE NOTE:  The Buddha ice sculpture is a…

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The Master’s Plan

I have very few regrets in my life.  Very, very few.  I believe that mistakes and missed opportunities in our pasts help shape and guide us into our futures.  Regrets are just part of the plan.  But my one regret for the past ten years has been my Masters degree. My big plan in life was to go to law school.  Chris and I had planned that when we graduated from undergrad and were married, we would move to wherever I was accepted to law school.  And then, about four…

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Vignettes of My Husband

One time when he was in grad school, Chris was working on this show that was designed by Maurice Sendak (author of Where the Wild Things Are).  This show had a woman dressed in a giant chicken costume who was flying over the stage.  Chris was the one who was controlling her from backstage and he was supposed to land her on certain parts of the set throughout the show.  There was a video camera set up out front with a monitor that he could see backstage and so he…

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It Ain’t Yer Momma’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Thanks to Bean sharing his germs from school with me, I have a head cold. Right in time for the holidays. Lovely! Being pregnant, head colds present a bit of a challenge. Don’t get me wrong – I am a medication person. I don’t believe in suffering unnecessarily, so I loves me some medicines. But when I’ve got a sensitive little bun in my oven, I’m a lot more aware of what I’m taking and I really try to avoid all medications as much as possible. I take Tylenol occasionally…

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Guilt to the Second Power

I think one of the most universal feelings mothers have is guilt.  Most of us feel guilty as parents at some point.  I feel guilty for the shortcuts I take when I’m too tired to be 100% on the job with Bean.  I feel guilty that he’s in daycare.  I feel guilty that I can’t afford to buy him new toys all the time.  I feel guilty that sometimes I just need a little break.  There’s always something to feel guilty for as a mother.  It’s just part of the…

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Office Space

This is my last week of work and so I thought in honor of that bittersweet ending, I would take you on a tour of my little office.  Its a pretty small office so the tour won’t take long.  Please keep your arms and legs inside the tour bus at all times.  Thank you for your cooperation. This is my desk. See those keys sitting there?  Those are the keys that I lock in my office at least once a week.  And then I have to call the one other…

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The Shacker

Last week an old friend from high school sent me a message through Facebook telling me that he was coming up to New Haven for a job interview and asking how Chris and I liked the city.   I sent him a message back that could have been a certified letter by the New Haven Tourist Commission (FYI:   There is no New Haven Tourist Commission).   Chris and I have a large crush on New Haven and are always willing to convert others.   I took it a step…

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I’ve Died and Gone to Suburbia

Let me tell you how fantastic the 4th of July weekend was around our neighborhood.   Almost every house on our block had firecrackers and about every other house had the super big cannon ones that should be sold only to those with a license to own an automatic weapon.   Chris and I just sat on our back deck and watched all the neighborhood kids try to blow their brother’s hands off.   I loved it!   And it reminded me of how different this Land o’ Stratford is…

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Things You Learn While Moving

There are several things I have discovered while moving these past few weeks. I thought I would share them with you in an effort to dissuade you from moving ever again in your entire life: 1.   I am a dirty person – Now, I clean as good as the next person.   I vacuum.   I wash.   I dust.   I mop.   But when you start moving your furniture around its a different story.   There are dust bunnies the size of small animals under my couch.…

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Shuttles and Such

In one week I will be moving away from New Haven, and will have to begin driving to work everyday.   For the past three years, I have been lucky enough to walk to work everyday because we live so close to campus. Okay, that’s a lie.   We do live incredibly close to campus, but at least once a week I still drive the whole 4 blocks, part on the street, get a $20 ticket, which turns into a $40 ticket because I hide it from Chris and then…

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