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Month: June 2008

Coping Methods

Coping Methods

We’re several weeks into our marathon training, but we are just barely getting back into the mindset of marathon training, including the mind games and coping techniques. Up until last week we had been focusing on breathing, strides, and how our bodies were holding up in general. This made for long long runs and (at least for me) a lot of calculating and re-calculating how far we’d gone and how much farther we had to go.

Then on Saturday we forgot to keep asking each other how we were feeling. I read a story this week from the New Yorker about itching and for the last 2 miles of our run I told Micah about it. They were the quickest 2 miles we’ve run since we started, and part of it was even up the treacherous hill that I always look forward to putting behind me. When we almost passed our street because we weren’t paying attention we remembered that they way to run long runs is to not think about it at all. We used to save up conversation topics for Saturday mornings just so we would have plenty to keep our minds occupied besides the fact that we still had five miles to go and our legs are feeling the burn. It was a great way to make us talk about things that would never have come up in normal conversation, and keeping up conversation helps regulate breathing without having to think about it. And really, how can you think about how your legs are feeling when you are talking about somebody scratching a hole through her skull?

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

This afternoon I got the recycling ready to be taken out and put it at the end of the hall so that when we leave I won’t forget to drop it off outside. Simon thought he would be helpful by bringing the bags back down the hall. He carried them around the living room for a little while before I persuaded him to put them back where he found them. After he did that, he promptly got out the dust pan and brush and started sweeping the same place I had just swept. He’s a little slow on the draw, but he’s making progress. We’ll have ourselves a little dishwasher in no time.

Apartment Hunting Adventures

Apartment Hunting Adventures

We’re looking for another apartment. The lease is up on this one at the end of next month and we are ready to move on to bigger and better things, like two bedrooms. I’ve been casually scanning Craigslist for several weeks now and it is already tiresome. The postings advertise apartments that are “close to all” (all what?) or that can fit a full-size bed in each bedroom. Sounds spacious. A lot of the pictures make me cringe because they have the same cheap-o cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom that we have right now. I can tell you it does not make me feel at home.

But there are good things out there. Last week we thought we hit the jackpot. It was 1300 square feet (2.5 times the size of our current apartment), with 5 closets (5 times as many as we have now), a balcony, on-site laundry, lots of cupboards in the kitchen, elevators, and huge windows. It was too good to be true. In fact, it was too good for us. For unknown reasons the landlord rejected our application. It was a sad, sad day and we are still getting over it.

Today we found another promising apartment within walking distance of Micah’s work. I e-mailed the owner right away and Micah went to check out the neighborhood on his lunch break. It looks like a nice place, close to a park and right next to the ocean. But then we got an e-mail from the owner that makes us a little bit nervous. He sounds like a very good person, but I just don’t know what our being born again or not has to do with renting an apartment. We’re still investigating that option, but we’ll definitely keep looking for others as well.

Wish us luck.

Jealousy?

Jealousy?

You know you are embarking on a wonderful phase of parenthood when you spend twenty minutes looking for your cellphone and find it in the bottom of the garbage can.

Really Simon, if you think I spend too much time talking on the phone, you can just tell me.

The Newscast

The Newscast

I only have two more days of this evening class I’ve been taking for the past month. It’s been pretty intense, but I’ve learned so much. It is a broadcast news class — tv reporting for print students — and we had to put together our own broadcast story. Our stories were due yesterday and last night we put together a newscast. We had anchors and directors and a camera crew, just like in a real studio (probably because it was a real studio). I didn’t want to be on camera, so I got to be the switcher — I switched which camera was being used and cut to the videos after the anchor announced the story — an easy job, but fun too, mostly because I got to sit in a freezing cold room and watch (and listen) while the anchors goofed around and made silly comments that they thought nobody could hear. Good times. The newscast ranks in the top 2 experiences of my graduate career at this point, right up there next to the Times page one meeting. It was really great to see what it is/can be like in a broadcast studio and how quickly and smoothly things have to go to keep things rolling. Even though it was our first time, our class did really well. We only had a few anchors stumble over their lines and I only cut from the video too soon once. Maybe twice.

I went into the class thinking that it would be a waste of my time, but that I had to take it because it fit with my schedule and I needed another class so that I can graduate in December. Now that it is almost over I am so glad that there wasn’t anything else for me to take. I really enjoyed it and I hope I have the chance to do more broadcast stories — both for radio and tv (as long as I don’t have to be on camera). As much as I liked it though, I’m so excited to be done! It seems like Micah and I have hardly seen each other this past month and we have had so much going on. Now that it is over (well, almost over), we have a lot to celebrate: not only because I am 2/3 of the way done with my program, but also because Micah is officially, as of this morning, a full-time employee of UnCommon Goods. We are so excited about having a salary, benefits, insurance, and most importantly, that Micah enjoys the people he works with and will have an opportunity to really develop and expand his design skills.

This is Our Life

This is Our Life

6:00am Wake-up. Feed Simon. Put on running clothes.
6:30am Out the door for a run.
7:15am Back home. Stretch. Breakfast. Micah showers.
8:00am Micah goes to work. I do homework, housework, baby work (and play).
5:30pm Simon and I leave the apartment. Micah leaves work.
6:00pm Meet at the train station. Micah takes Simon home. I go to class.
10:15pm I come home. Have dinner. Read scriptures. Get ready for bed.
11:30pm Go to sleep.

But only for one more week.

Some Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Blog

Some Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Blog

1. Our Sorry Attempt at Gardening

Any of you who have lived near us will know that we like to grow our own food, but we’re not very good at it. This is the next installment in our black thumbing exploits.

Back in April my brother Adrian and his wife, Jodie, visited us here in the great state of NYC. Despite us being fairly poor hosts, a few weeks after their departure we received this in the mail (thanks guys):We had really wanted to plant some herbs on our fire escape this year so it was a perfect gift. We opened it up, read the directions, planted, watered, left town for several days, came home to them all shriveled and dying, watered some more, stuck them outside, and discovered this afternoon that what was still alive (namely the basil) was eaten by some bird. So sad.So, here is the picture I took today. You will notice how similar it looks to the picture on the packaging. Luckily, we only planted half of the seeds so we have the whole rest of the summer to kill off another batch.

2. What I Offer New Employers

For those who don’t know, I have started a new job at a company called UncommonGoods (please don’t judge them by their website design) that will most likely (possibly by the end of this week) go permanent. It is a great place to work and my fellow employees are really cool. Also, it is a .com company so there is no dress code (meaning I get to wear shorts and a t-shirt).

This job has also brought out a skill that I didn’t really know that I had. Whenever I start a new job, they always upgrade their computers and software after years of failure to do so. When I started at the PCC I got a new Mac Pro and we switched over to InDesign from (evil) Quark XPress. Here at UncommonGoods I went from using an old, slow and very fickle iMac to this new one.It is top of line with a 24″ screen and lots of awesomeness. We are also upgrading from Adobe CS to CS3. So, if any of you are up for an upgrade at work it’s too late. I’ve already been taken.

3. Talk About the Weather

It has been ridiculously hot the last few days and I officially think we could do with a bit less moisture in the air. That is all.

4. Obligatory Simon Update

Simon has started going crazy with developments this week. He is going to town with his signing, can stand up in the middle of the room and has taken his first independent steps. Also, he has made me really, really proud:

Adrian, I think I will need my climbing equipment back soon.

Some Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Blog

Some Stuff I’ve Been Meaning to Blog

1. Our Sorry Attempt at Gardening

Any of you who have lived near us will know that we like to grow our own food, but we’re not very good at it. This is the next installment in our black thumbing exploits.

Back in April my brother Adrian and his wife, Jodie, visited us here in the great state of NYC. Despite us being fairly poor hosts, a few weeks after their departure we received this in the mail (thanks guys):We had really wanted to plant some herbs on our fire escape this year so it was a perfect gift. We opened it up, read the directions, planted, watered, left town for several days, came home to them all shriveled and dying, watered some more, stuck them outside, and discovered this afternoon that what was still alive (namely the basil) was eaten by some bird. So sad.So, here is the picture I took today. You will notice how similar it looks to the picture on the packaging. Luckily, we only planted half of the seeds so we have the whole rest of the summer to kill off another batch.

2. What I Offer New Employers

For those who don’t know, I have started a new job at a company called UncommonGoods (please don’t judge them by their website design) that will most likely (possibly by the end of this week) go permanent. It is a great place to work and my fellow employees are really cool. Also, it is a .com company so there is no dress code (meaning I get to wear shorts and a t-shirt).

This job has also brought out a skill that I didn’t really know that I had. Whenever I start a new job, they always upgrade their computers and software after years of failure to do so. When I started at the PCC I got a new Mac Pro and we switched over to InDesign from (evil) Quark XPress. Here at UncommonGoods I went from using an old, slow and very fickle iMac to this new one.It is top of line with a 24″ screen and lots of awesomeness. We are also upgrading from Adobe CS to CS3. So, if any of you are up for an upgrade at work it’s too late. I’ve already been taken.

3. Talk About the Weather

It has been ridiculously hot the last few days and I officially think we could do with a bit less moisture in the air. That is all.

4. Obligatory Simon Update

Simon has started going crazy with developments this week. He is going to town with his signing, can stand up in the middle of the room and has taken his first independent steps. Also, he has made me really, really proud:

Adrian, I think I will need my climbing equipment back soon.