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Not dead yet…

So.  I know.  Bad blogger, no biscuit.

The last month and a half has been chaotic.  It started with one crazy week (think 3 MAJOR deadlines on the same day and jury duty in the middle of the week that I not only couldn’t get out of but got CHOSEN for), but then kept going.  So here, in brief, is the summary of the 2nd half of april and most of may.

  • Seriously, who lets the PhD statistician end up on their jury when their entire case is based on margins of error.  I would have thought for sure a competent defense attorney would have wanted me out of there.  Unfortunately for the defendant  that was NOT a competent defense attorney.
  • On the plus side, I am getting promoted.  On the not-so-plus side, my predecessor in this job is coming back; reporting to me, which is good, but bringing along all his 10 years worth of contacts and institutional knowledge.  The trick will be to not allow him to cut me out of things.  I do at least know that my boss adores me and thinks I am competent.  Not to mention that she is having him report to me, which shows that I bring something more than he has to the role.
  • Zoe’s autoimmune disorder kicked into high gear again and caused 251351_10100498100569361_454891_nsome major medical problems.  And bills.  And she blew out her knee (partially torn anterior cruciate ligament) which couldn’t be operated on right away because of the autoimmune problems.  Luckily we got that under control and she had her surgery this past Thursday.  She’s recovering.  It’s a lot of work to keep a 96lb dog from moving around.  A two-person job in fact.
  • Work was kind of insane.  That happens, of course, but it’s all the other deadlines that tend to pay the price.
  • IMG_1851I had a conference in Long Beach, CA last week.  I had 2 presentations.  One was expected to be small.  Truthfully I thought BOTH would be small, but the universe needed to shake me up.  I hadn’t written the presentation yet when I got to Long Beach.  So it was a bit of a surprise when the conference app showed me that, as of 3 days before the presentation, 186 people had signed up.  By the day of, that number was over 225.  The room was packed – standing room only. I’m told I did well, but as you might expect it was just a but overwhelming.  I wore this outfit with a different (bigger) bag (Foley and Corinna Jet Set Tote in Red and Cream, which is big enough for my macbook air and makes an amazingly good travel bag).  I also got a haircut before I went, so it looked better than this picture.
  • I came back to a full day training session.  Not a bad thing, but another day out of the office when I couldn’t get things done.  It involved a couple of new types of personality tests, both of which basically told me what I already knew about myself.  Ah well – it’s a leadership program, so one can always learn more.

Anyway, life has been insane, and since this blog is a hobby rather than a job for me, it was the thing that fell to the bottom of my to do list when time got tight.  Here’s to getting back on track.

No Thursday Threads this week because, well, I’m lame

I utterly failed to get my act together in time, so there will be no Thursday Threads this week.  My goal is that NEXT week and from there on out it will be up on Wednesday night at Midnight.

No outfit post today either.  The cleaners, who were SUPPOSED to show up at 9:30am showed up at 8:30am.  That meant that I hadn’t even showered, let alone gotten dressed when they got there.  After that, everything was a rush.

Instead, you get three things.  First, a wedding picture of myself and my husband.  Neither of us is comfortable in front of a camera and this is one of the few official shots where our smiles look genuine.  That was nearly 12 years ago, when we lived in upstate New York.

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Our wedding was a triumph of prioritization and budgeting.  We had it at a beautiful B&B (that has sadly since burned down), spent NO money on things that weren’t important to us (DJ, expensive floral arrangements) and lots of money on the things that were (amazing food, heavenly cake, open bar).  We spent around $7,000 (of our own money; we were both 35 when we got married) and had a glorious setting and an amazing party with all of our friends.  We brought CDs full of music, ordered roses wholesale for the bouquets and rose petals for the table around white column candles (under $10/table) and I ordered my wedding dress for $300 online.  The harpist for the ceremony, celebrant and photographer were all friends who gave us either their services (the first two) or a huge discount and the negatives (the last one) as wedding gifts.  We then stayed an extra night at the B&B and took our honeymoon a few weeks later when the costs were more rational and we were less stressed.  It was everything I had hoped for!

Next, some gratuitous pictures of our dogs sleeping with our cats.

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The first picture is of my adorable Simon with our murderous wild-child cat, Georgie. She was one of the neighborhood strays that we took in as a kitten. Georgie definitely likes the dogs better than she likes me, although she seems to tolerate my husband well enough. Georgie has been known to jump out of trees to bring down pigeons in flight and to catch hummingbirds out of the air and bring them into the house to play with.

The second picture is of Zoe, our rescue rottweiler with Maggie, our rescue cat. Maggie was the unwanted child in a divorce, so we took her in, while Zoe had been living on a golf course. Had you met EITHER of them in the first 3 years we had them you would have thought this picture completely unimaginable.

Finally, two happy smiling dog faces, because you can never have too many of those.

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Happy Thursday!