Graduation–Quick Picture Post

So I graduated and turned 40 at the beginning of May. Hard to believe that was already more than a month ago. This year has been insane. I’m pretty sure it was January just three weeks ago.

I actually attended graduation, which was surprising. Here I am, peaking at Dale through a sea of graduation caps. It actually ended up being a really fun day. Heather came from Traverse City and Rebecca hung out and we had a Mexican restaurant feast and margaritas (it was also Cinco de Mayo).

Thanks so everyone along who supported me throughout grad school, Dale in particular. It was a bit of a harder slog than I expected in some way but also fun and rewarding in others. We’re certainly racing onto the next phase of our lives: home ownership!


Home Sweet Wheaton…

We put in an offer on a house! And, after some intense negotiations led by our realtor, an agreement was reached.

It’s a little Brady Bunch but we have Big Plans for it!

We’re pretty excited and terrified. Sadly, it means we’re leaving Oak Park–and probably will have to change blogs since we won’t be in Oak Park anymore. We’re moving to Wheaton! More details to come (though we won’t take possession until September).


A Race to the Finish

So I’m wrapping up graduate school this week and turning 40. Pretty big milestones! But I’m also looking to the future–goals and hobbies–and hoping for a very positive 4th decade on earth.

To that end, Dale got me the greatest (slightly early) birthday present! A digital 3D camera that will allow me to take 3D photos in order to create personal view-master reels (so excited!) and create anaglyph 3D images I can put on the blog! SO EXCITED.

I plan on ordering a bulk of red/blue 3D glasses so if you don’t have a pair lemme know and I’ll drop some in the mail to you (if I actually know you! Ha!).

Otherwise? Buy your own!

Anyway, here’s a quick gallery of images I created last night! Click on any image to make it larger!

Goodbye, Sidney.

Today we had to say goodbye to our dear feline friend, Sidney. He was a dearly, deeply loved part of our family for nearly 14 years—a third of our lives!

Sleek kitty

Sidney was an unusual cat. He was lavish with his affections, insatiably curious and (often) downright naughty and incorrigible!

Merry Christmas

We were laughing today, thinking about all of his many “accomplishments” in his short, sweet life. This is what we tallied off the tops of our heads:

  • Learned to jump onto and “ride” the big, tacky wicker chair we used to have all the way to the ground. He would leap up and dive into it, essentially creating a thrill ride in the house.
  • Broke at least two dozen dishes and serving pieces from jumping on the counter and knocking them off.
  • Had a great love of carbs and bread. This love led him to learn to open cupboards.
  • Loved human food and would eat nearly anything he could get his mouth around—celery, ¼ of a pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes—you name it.
  • Learned to open cupboards (so expertly that we had to install child safety locks on all of them in our first apartment).
  • Commandeered a wicker laundry basket as his bed. We would eventually line it with sheepskin but it started out with a simple blanket folded up.
  • Learned to open drawers—exhausted by the task he would generally sleep in them once he opened them. He figured out how to go up from the back of dressers and push out drawers; one morning I came into the bathroom to find all the drawers open. He had opened the cupboard to get to the drawers.
  • Jumped out of a second story window. Twice. Also? Learned to open windows when Dale lived in Chase’s house in Michigan.
  • Liked water. Sometimes he crawled right into the shower with Dale. This also made training him impossible. He was deaf so you couldn’t yell at him and he loved water so you couldn’t spritz him.
  • Would drink from any unattended cup, even if it belonged to company.
  • Discovered the bathroom sink fit him perfectly as a bed.
  • He could skillfully maneuver my head off my pillow to claim it as his own without ever waking me up.

Sidney was incredibly sweet and maintained an incredible disposition his entire life despite having had quite a few health challenges. As a kitten he got an ear infection that left him deaf. He battled severe gastrointestinal issues and often suffered stomach distress (exacerbated by the fact that he’d eat anything off the floor, off the counters, etc.). His knees were bad in recent years and while medicine helped it didn’t reverse the issue. And, finally, he had a fast-growing tumor and cancer. He was a tough little guy with a sweet, strong spirit.

Bela watching over Sidney this morning

If you ever met Sidney you know how special he was and you know how much we
loved him. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite photos of him. Feel free to click on any one of them to go to a bigger version of the photo.

Dale’s New Hobby

Dale has a new hobby! (I know, I know, doesn’t Dale have enough hobbies? That’s what I said.)
He’s taken up wood carving. He’s always been interested in woodworking but since we live on the third floor and have a two-bedroom apartment? It’s not the most practical hobby. Feeling especially couped up due to the heat, Dale needed a creative outlet.

He bought some chisels a couple weeks back, a chunk of wood and some work bench thing to work on (dining room table is out of the question, obviously).  After a few days he decided he needed some sort of dedicated work surface that is larger than the work bench thing, so he made one this past weekend. So far he’s put more work into the bench than in carving but it seems to be making him happy.
He says he is proud of his new work bench for carving because the only tool he could use to create it was the circular saw I bought him for Christmas, a drill and some wood planes his grandfather game him.
Dale says, “Hopefully there will be no blood letting and I will have photos of carvings to show.” Show to whom? Hmm. Maybe he’ll take 3D photos of the carvings for those of you still hoarding your 3D glasses!
I’m pretty sure this means I’ll never get the vacation photos out of him–let alone some photos of Transformers 3 filming.