Archive for September, 2009


September 16, 2009

A bunch of debt?  A big drought?  A boring discussion? Anxious bout dogs?

There are so many things that ABD could actually stand for, but here, in this household it means All But Done!  In truth, it is like purgatory, the dreaded pit stop on the way to heaven that can linger for years and years depending on how quickly your advisor (God) forgives.  Thankfully, Kim’s advisor isn’t a hell and brimstone kind of gal.

Kim is plugging along – Kim’s proposal defense was this week – which she passed of course.  I’m told it was exemplary!  All this means that the timeline is going according to plan.  Another week and a half and I take the LSAT.  Someday things may calm down.  I’m thinking it might not be until May 7th, 2010.

Yep!  May 7th.  It is when ABD Kim becomes PhD Kim


What? an elephant in the room…

September 10, 2009

I’m not sure what a blogger is supposed to do when its been longer than a month since last writing.  Is the blogger supposed to acknowledge that she’s slacked for a month?  Is she supposed to justify it with excuses like, “My dog ate my blog post?”  Or is she supposed to simply get back to writing without any consideration to the fact.  My blog numbers have tanked, and rightfully so, but I’m also sort of impressed that there are still those of you out there that keep checking.  Or maybe its just my sister and uncle who repeatedly check in just to make sure I have any self esteem left at all.

Truth is, I’ve been in a LSAT class that been kicking my ass until 9:15 every Tuesday and Thursday night.

I’ve put on a 4-day orientation at work that not only went well, but even I will admit I deserve a pat on the back.

My parents also spent a week with us as my dad endured medical procedures and tests at the local research hospital.   Medically speaking, when it rains it seems to pour.  Casey’s foot turned red and black and what we had been treating as a fungus was actually a staph infection.  Thankfully the dermatologist was amazing and the infection is almost totally gone.  Last night at the playground, Casey went up to a perfect stranger and said, “Look my fungus foot is better.”  I looked at him like I had no idea what he said.  So did the woman.  It seemed better than translating.

Casey starts pre-school on Monday.  Riley has already been student of the month.  And Kimmie defends her proposal next week.  I read an article today where a woman compared raising children to being pecked to death by chickens.  I have no idea where I’m going with that except to say that I love my little chickens.  And I long for their pecks on my cheek.

Look, I’m gonna keep writing okay.  I have LSAT personal statement options to run by you, parenthood venting I need an outlet for, my last year in Utah to chronicle.  So no more e-mails asking me if I quit blogging.  I didn’t.  I just took August off.  Its a vacation month.