Introducing Lila …

img_02291We can officially claim to be settled into NEPA now.  Both Ted and I are hard at work at our new jobs aand things at home become more like home every day.  As a result of feeling this way, we went and adopted a little itty bitty kitty on Saturday.

Introducing Lila …

Lila is a small, 2-year old cat that we found at the SPCA.  She’s had a rough life.  Recently she gave birth to 3 kittens and then played nursemaid to 4 others.  At the time of her adoption, she still has milk in her teats!  And all this she’d done at a mere 5.5 lbs!  She is the smallest cat I have ever seen.  Like most cats that come from the SPCA she’s has a bit of an upper respiratory infection but this too will pass.  She’s the sweetest cat you’ve ever met too … and very easy going.

Burrnadette is not taking it as well.  She’s still adjusting to all the changes so this has thrown her for a loop.  The good news is that there was no blood at initial meeting so it’s doubtful that there will be trouble.  The first day she would not come out from under the bed.  Today she’s coming out to smell the smells and explore a bit more.  This good.

More pictures can be found on smugmug.

Winds of Change

The winds of change is in the air.  After a wonderful 10 years in Austin, Texas, we are moving!

On Sunday we are packing up the cars and taking the T@B and heading to Pennsylvania.  After graduating with my Ph.D., I managed to land a faculty position at King’s College, a small liberal arts school in Wilkes-Barre.  Then to really add excitement, Bear got a job too!

So it is time to go.

Austin, you will be missed in more ways than you will know.  You have been good for us.

Pennsylvania, we look forward to the challenges you bring.


Is it possible that we will move to Pennsylvania?  That is the current question of the hour.  I just got back from an interview at a small, Catholic liberal arts college in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  I think that it went well.  So we begin to comtimplate what it would mean to move there.  The biggest concern in my mind … what will Bear do if we move there??

Official … Dr. Jump

UT Official Regalia
UT Official Regalia

Well … it has been a long road.  One that began even before I joined the University of Texas but today, after 8 1/2 years, I completed my degree requirements.  As many of you know, back in October I had my oral exam and was thrilled to get all my signatures.  It has taken some more work but today I walked across campus with my paperwork and made it all official.  It took about 20 minutes and I only forgot one form (fortunately they had extras).  Got the email confirmation.  Now … let’s see how long it will take to sink in.

So graduation is in May.  I will definitely be doing the walk.  Graduation weekend is May 21-24, with the University-wide graduation on the Saturday.   Further details are not yet know.  The picture shows UT’s official regalia … we’ll have to see if I want to buy the regalia or rent (rentals are black).

Does anybody know what the staff is for?

p.s. … no that’s not me in the picture 😉

New Digs

Apartment View
Apartment View

Adjusting to change can be difficult but sometimes it’s just good.  I say this because we are starting to get settled into our new digs and are enjoying the view.  I thought I would share with you the view I had on Friday.  This picture was taken around lunchtime.

Happy New Year!!

I can’t believe that 2009 is here already.  While it didn’t start with a bang, it’s going to be interesting none-the-less.  I wanted to start the new year with a new entry that wishes everybody a Happy New Year!  Hope your year is as amazing as I expect ours to be.

Change is in the air!!

October 28, 2008 marked the beginning of big changes in our lives.  It was the day that I successfully defended my dissertation.  As the next phase of our lives begin, we have sold the house that we have lived in for the past 9 years and are adjusting to being back in an apartment.  Additionally, we wanted to change our website to make it easier to update and so here we are with a new look and field.  If you want to see the old page you still can by following this link.

We hope that you enjoy!