Friday, September 27, 2013

Other things

Hey hey.
I can always tell when it has been a while since my last post because people actually start calling and emailing me. I've been busy with other things I guess. Other things have included finding a place to live in Worcester for January (a somewhat depressing task -- we were told by several contacts there that the downtown is completely unliveable, but on the bright side our house is on a lake), trying to find daycare for Heiko in January (FULL PANIC AT THE THOUGHT!), actually doing some math reading, working on this sweet sweater, teaching my yoga class, and... finally and messily getting all my summer photos off my camera on to my computer (the dinosaur crashed numerous times, and then imported multiple copies of many things - whhhhyyyyy). Ahhh so. That is what I've been up to.
And, Heiko has decided he does not nap. No naps. What? This is not good. That nap is my sanity! For a while he was combining this behaviour with not sleeping at night. I was flashing back to those newborn days and the astounding brain fog that takes over. I'm coping with the craziness by eating a lot of sugar. It isn't really helping.
Oh and this does not relate at all, but the other day I was in a yoga class and the teacher mentioned that a certain pose stretched out the neutrons at the front of the neck. I was like, awesome!!! My neutrons are soooo tight! I could tell by her face that she knew something was a bit off though, so I don't mean to hate. But it was funnie.

OK, so from neutrons to photons to photos... here is a random one. The Uklei Fahrhaus in Eutin, Germany. Ja! Mit Sahne, bitte!

Friday, September 13, 2013

When it rains....

So, I have been complaining about the heat, and the dry. Complain complain. And then, it rained. It rained a lot. It started raining, and it didn't stop. It is still raining. In fact, it has rained so much that Fort Collins is pretty much shut down today, since there are floods everywhere (the city is actually officially "closed," with most of the roads blocked by flood waters or potential flood waters). A few neighbourhoods have evacuation orders. Other parts of Northern Colorado (but actually very close by) are doing far worse however, with record breaking rainfall causing lots of damage, and sadly even a few deaths. Search and rescue efforts are underway and widespread evacuations continue.
Anyway, it is all very dramatic, but we are doing just fine here, staying close to home for the most part. I taught my Friday the 13th flow yoga class to.... myself this morning. No great surprise there. And we've been enjoying a few breaks in the rain to get outside and see just how much water has accumulated in the wheelbarrow.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Evenings and things

It has been hot here. Like, really fiery hot. I learned today that the schools were closed a few days back due to the heat. We've been avoiding the outdoors in the midday. And when we do get outside in the late evenings, what better to do than explore the nice cool water! P took these photos, by the way, I was busy getting wet.
Or perhaps you'd prefer to roll around some of our big round zucchinis.
A summary of the rest of life?

Heat aside, it has been pretty wonderful to settle into our routines here, and see a lot of familiar faces around town. We've been attending to our flock of sunflowers and it is zucchini and/or kale at every meal. We made some peach jam. I continue to gaze with wonder at that big Colorado sky.
My feelings about my upcoming re-entry into the academic world (and accompanying move (temporarily) across the continent) have been as follows: .....updownupdownupdowndownupup..... a one-dimensional nonperiodic sequence *nerd-sound* of ups and downs (a Fibonacci string!). But really. I'm reading a math book now. Things I haven't thought about in ages. Looking up embarrassingly simple facts from calculus. Coming to terms with the fact that I'm really really scared.
So yeah, there is that. As I said, I'm reading this math book. It is kind of fun, in a way. The reassuring truthiness of it all (barfing a little by the fact that the automatic spell-check is not picking up on the non-word truthiness). When my feelings about the whole postdoc project are so all over the place, as least there is math.... the simple beauty of yes/no and right/wrong. The ultimate dualism that those yogis hate so much! Oh funny.
Heiko has learned how to give hugs. Sometimes he comes up behind me when I'm crouched down to give me a hug. It is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me in my whole life when it happens. I tried to capture it on "film," but mostly failed. Hopefully you get the idea.
Have a great weekend, everyone.