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??

Another week another wackiness

Well, word from the home front is both bad and good.

That would be home as in Mom and Pop. Seems Dad has another “episode” which landed him in the hospital. This time in a trauma center in Baltimore, and thankfully for a lot shorter time. Within a few days he was back at Brinton Woods with orders to drink 1 gallon of water a day to help his body process properly and prevent the wacky sodium levels that are giving him problems.

*phew* – that is good advice for us all, drink plenty of water.

This week has been a buster of one for me at work, I think it hit me for more than 70 hours but i’m not sure. I even got asked to go in on the day “off” I had arranged (Sat) to help out. This is okay, really, it’s part of what we sign up for with computer game development. As the president of the company (CEO? unclear on real title, think of him as The Big Cheese okay?) in an email (paraphrased): “We give people a lot of slack in the first 2/3 of a project, long lunches – easy hours – lots of slack time – on the knowing basis that the end of the project will likely require those hours be paid back.” He’s really right about that, and anyone that goes into computer game devleopment without signing up for this is doing both themselves, and their team, a huge disservice, and should look elsewhere.

Not that I’m sure it’s fundamentally different in other IT sectors, just different load levels, and different loading, at different project times.

So, basically, one more week of this craziness and I think we’ll be over the hump. I’m sure there will be some significant issues come up in the weeks after, but by need they will be addressed with a much more controlled and limited change process.

Wish me luck, eh?

Sigh. Families.

Maria and I spent a long weekend back east just this past, to visit with my family.

My father has been in the hospital for about a month, he’s no spring chicken, but he’s been basted pretty well over the years (prescribed medications for issues). He’s not really in very good shape. Of course, he’s not been in good shape for quite a while by any measure – not his fault just his bad luck. The visiting with him was both good and bad, and it was good for both for my part. I just hope that he remembers that we were there and takes some pleasure from it.

My mom is incredible. Her devotion for taking care of Dad in general is fabulous, in these days of him being in the hospital – working with him, feeding him, looking out for him and his needs with the obviously understaffed facility, well it is just tremendous. Her meticulous recording of what has gone on with Dad over the years gives her a clinical view of him no doctor or nurse can have, and it’s good to see some of them listen to her. How she takes care of herself in these times I can’t imagine, she spends probably ten hours a day or more at the hospital with Dad! If anybody, and I mean ANYBODY, really gets in her way I think I’ll have to drive up to Maryland and ride my mountain bike all OVER them until they knuckle under!

My aunt has also been having her own issues, with her own time in and out of inpatient supervised care. However, last weekend at least, she was in great shape and was finding her entertainment by having her bathroom ripped up by plumbers. The “one hour” job was on it’s second day. Is this normal?

The best bit I guess, is that while the Mrs. is wounded (knee damage, surgery coming) her post-PhD prognosis is looking up with some potential job interviews real soon. Huzzah!

I’m actually really spent at this point. Emotionally. Mentally. Frustration wise. Still processing. Don’t know where I’ll end up.

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!