I didn't stay up 'til midnight (turned out I was awake then, however, because Elise let out a single yelp at 11:40 and after I lay quietly for a while, eyes shut, Colin came to bed after gaming, and I realized it was already 12:07). Yep, rang in this year in style, that's right.
Still haven't gotten around to resolutions, or goals, or whatever. Can't promise to blog every day (ha!) or do one of those 365 (366!) photo things, since I've already missed some days. Dum de dum.
This year could totally turn our lives upside-down...or it could not. Colin is graduating in May, and he'll either do a post-doc here afterwards, or be offered an assistant professor position somewhere else, which would mean moving and starting our
***I had a scary incident in the car the other night. I was driving to a Bible study at our church, and it turned out the roads were a lot icier than I'd thought, because I skidded and ended up completely about-facing. On the five-lane main road in town. Thank God no other cars were near me; I could have easily killed someone, including myself. And thank God Elise wasn't with me, or I'd have felt a million times more terrified and guilty than I already did. Turns out the Bible study was canceled anyway, because the lady who leads it was rear-ended (and also, thankfully, was unscathed).
***We went to South Carolina this year for Christmas. Colin's parents are retired near Hilton Head, so we joined them and his two older sisters (one from CT, one from VA) for about a week. We had a lovely (and warm!) stay. We drove both ways overnight, which I'd highly recommend to anyone with a baby/toddler who sleeps in a carseat with a 12- to 13-hour drive ahead of them. It was exhausting, obviously, but completely worth the minimal disruption of Elise's schedule.
|Hold up, bird!|
***Elise won't nap without a sleep-inducing car ride anymore. The last couple days I've refused to indulge her, hoping that she would be able to relax and fall asleep without it. Nope. Today I caved, bundled her into the car, chauffeured her along one of our typical routes around the rich-people-houses street, and delicately transferred her inside so she can nap as I type up this magnificent blog post.
***Yesterday I felt like I was a pretty good mama most of the day, attentive and gentle and all that, probably in response to how grateful I felt for still being alive after the icy scare the previous night. Today I've forgotten all about it and behaved terribly. We went to a consignment store for jollies this morning, and just before we were about to leave I checked out the jewelry. Snap! Elise pulled a necklace right off its tag, breaking it. And it wasn't a pretty necklace, it was a hideous orange monstrosity. I was positively fuming over having to "spend my last dollar" on this piece of garbage (I don't carry much cash: it was $3.50). It was a great example of how I'm a poor, lousy sinner of a mother who gets angry with her toddler for being curious.
***My husband was able to take off two weeks from work for the holidays! In my wretched ungratefulness, I tend to focus on all the negatives of being the wife of a graduate student and forget all about the positives -- great working conditions, the opportunity for my husband to learn constantly while working, and the flexibility! It was beyond glorious to be all three of us together so much. Elise and I sure miss him now that he's back to the grindstone.
***But, um, his dissertation defense is next month?! Can it be true?!!!!!
***Happy new year, and best wishes for 2012!