Okay, so this is clearly going to be a normal narrative instead of the breakout. Once again, too much time has passed (sigh). Three weeks, though I think about doing a “quick post” every day. And then realize I have so much I want to say, that “quick” isn’t going to happen – so nothing happens.
The good news is that the project I keep talking about sucking up all my time is nearing it’s end. The last big go-live was this past Saturday – and it was the biggest so far. It’s crazy and busy and totally wonderful. This is what I love most about my job. I spend months – sometimes years – bringing something from an idea into reality. Watching people use it, solving their problems, and making a positive impact on patient’s lives in the process is the most amazing experience. It’s crazy, there are meltdowns and issues and successes, and it’s certainly impossible to please everyone – but it’s totally my element and I totally thrive on it.
So I worked Saturday night to Sunday morning (9pm – 8am) and then immediately went to NS’s house. She was hosting our vegan meetup group for a Bunch Ado About Nothing party. Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, and excellent grub. My contribution was the spicy vodka! I worked all night and wasn’t able to make any food, but someone has to supply the booze. I was planning to nap for a bit, then party with the crew, but ended up just staying up, partying with the crew, then going home. It was one of the more chaotic days in recent history, but totally awesome. I managed to stay mostly coherent despite lack of sleep, so that was a bonus.
I’ve also been all over the state in the past 3 months doing one go-live or another, so that involved a lot of traveling. This most recent trip to the DC area I did combine with some much-needed days of fun. I took my girls with me and we spent a day in DC, a day in Philly, and a day in NYC. Back to DC, work, then back home. A whirlwind mini-vacation, but oh so worth it.
Aside from work stuff is trying to spend as much time doing things to balance my life. Cooking, yoga, running, working on personal projects, reading, and spending time with my family.
My son is working as a junior counselor at an away camp this summer, and I took him last Thursday. He’s doing great and totally loving it. I’ve always seen M as someone who naturally shines in anything that involves helping people. He’s passionate about social justice, helping people, and is just an overall amazing kid – he’s caring and sweet and funny as hell. I think his latest is wanting to be an actor – which is totally cool because he rocks at it. Personally, I’ve always pictured him as a teacher or social worker! My parents want him to be an engineer, because as my mom once put it “building bridges helps people.” I suppose she has a point there too.
My oldest seems a little lost this summer, and I feel for her. She’s struggled to find a job (home from University), misses her friends, and is bored stiff. She’s now planning on volunteering all summer, which I think will be good for her.
R has graduated to middle school! That is crazy to me. She’s totally nervous about 6th grade and going into the biggest middle school in our state, but I think she’s going to be great. I wish she had as much confidence in her as D and I do!
For those that don’t already know, I’m a major soccer fan. And as a bit of trivia for all the haters who think the “arrogant US” created our own word for their “football” – here’s a bit of trivia. We didn’t. It was a British term when they shortened what they called Association Football to soccer (to differentiate from other footballs, such as Rugby). It was prevalent in British writing for a long time, and it’s where we got the word. We kept using it, and as soon as we did – they stopped. It slowly disappeared from their sports writing, and now the rest of the world thinks we just like doing things differently, when in fact it wasn’t us. Just saying – bugs me. For more deets, read here.
To that end, we’ve been glued to every game we can. Watched England vs. Italy in New York, the USA vs. Ghana game in DC, and last night’s game in bed with my husband and girls (I had been awake for almost 40 hrs, and just couldn’t hit up a pub to watch it). Talk about a nail biter.
So now I will just leave you with some pics. Certainly not all of the last three weeks, but a few ;)
so the date was wrong – it was actually the 14th, but it was still SO cool. The very first one, and I got to see some blogging peeps from NYC!
it’s like a food truck, but for cute clothes and accessories. In Philly (apparently common in NYC too). R got a cool Lego bracelet.
I never, ever get tired of seeing this, or anything in DC. So far, my fav town ever.
Tonks’ final resting place. A beautiful urn that R picked out, engraved with her words of farewell.
THE LIBERTY BELL!!! My youngest has been obsessed with it for a few years, so we just had to go when in Philly. It was cool, though smaller than I was expecting.
spent the one day in NYC in at the Chelsea Market area. My favorite so far in NYC (in my 3 trips…which isn’t much and I’ve seen less than is actually there!)
Highline park. It’s an old elevated railway that has been reclaimed by nature and is now a nurtured green space in the city. It was totally amazing and glad friends recommended it.
Highline – old tracks with some plants breaking through. Nature always finds a way!
pizza monster in DC
me and my girls!
R on a hot day, trekking around DC
the view from the Jefferson Memorial.
R getting really into the USA vs. Ghana game in Chinatown (DC). When Clint Dempsey got his nose broken and blood was everywhere, she was hooked :)
never get tired of seeing signs in two languages
a to-go green smoothie
veggie soup with some spiralized zucchini
Histology humor. Took a pic of this in the gross room at 2 am the other day. The gross room is where they put all the surgically removed body parts onto slides. We’ve started calling it the disgusting room….
Bloody Mary partay!!!
mine, NS’s, and KP’s Bloody Mary’s at the vegan meet up yesterday
So in a nutshell, my life, especially for the past seven months, has been barely controlled chaos. I can’t complain, because I do love it in some ways, but I can honestly say, I’m looking forward to life evening out soon.