Blue in the Sky

A lesbian wife and mother tries her hand at something new. Surely there is a hat that fits out there somewhere!

The Adventures of Pinky and the Brain Monday June 30, 2008

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 3:17 pm

So, we didn’t win, but we did have a great time.  If you call running around a good size downtown area for 4 hours in the 95 degree heat while solving logic puzzles and simulating historical markers and statues out of purple Play-Dough fun.  Which I most decidedly do.  The highlight of the day came on the bike ride home after two (free!!) beers when my hat blew right off my head.  It’s amazing how a little alcohol calms my bike phobia right down.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.















The first two were taken as we were heading out the door.  “No, I know we’re running late, but we have to get a before shot.”  I got the fierce Toad expression with the simple prompt “Show me your game face.”  Yikes….who knew?  The final two are pictures taken by the volunteers to document each of the clues that we found.  There were ten in all. 

So while it’s true that I didn’t have the energy to get out of bed for my long run on Sunday morning, I’m super glad we did this.  We learned lots of weird and useless information about our town, we met a few interesting people and we didn’t kill each other in the process.  Mission accomplished!


Ice Capades Saturday June 28, 2008

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 10:09 am

You really never know what you’re getting yourself into with another person.  People say this all the time, but there are moments that this truth becomes crystal clear.  This is one of those moments.

As I write this, Toad is sitting in our bathtub surrounded by lots and lots of ice.  Ice that I bought at the BP down the road….. “sure honey, I’ll help”.  While I was enjoying a cup of coffee and a little bit of the Today show, my beloved was touring the town.  On foot.  Fifteen miles of running.  She is just coming back from an injury that has taken her out of the running game for a few months.  However, she has signed up to run this race ( with her brother at the end of next month, so she must prepare.  I guess this is how she prepares. 

Have I mentioned that a naked woman packed in a bathtub filled with ice is a visual that I am not familiar with?  Oh and now she’s asking for the Comet.  I guess once you’re in there you might as well be of some use.  The ice must have melted…..



Remember These Guys??? Friday June 27, 2008

Filed under: Daily Life — The Professor @ 6:07 pm



These two little lab rats are serving as our inspiration to kick a*& tmw afternoon in our city’s first ever downtown scavenger hunt.  The event was organized in an effort to educate folks about local history, raise money for downtown revitalization efforts and provide good, clean fun on a Saturday afternoon.  I imagine that providing people with an opportunity to generate costuming ideas was not on the short list for the organizers, but it is certainly at the top of mine.  A costume and it’s not even October?!  Sign me up!!


So we did.  Our team name is Pinky and the Brain.  If you ever watched Animaniacs, you may remember these charming little lab rats.  It seems most consistent with our personalities for the fun-loving, goofy Professor to be Pinky and the cynical, perhaps power hungry (?) Toad to be the Brain.  After learning yesterday that I will be teaching two summer school classes that begin on Monday, I should be prepping for class.  Instead I’m trying to think of the best way for us to express our little rat selves.  That’s way more fun.


Introducing……. Bella!!! Thursday June 19, 2008

Filed under: Babies — The Professor @ 5:05 pm

Here she is!  Isabella Gianna.  Bella for short.  Or, if you are Uncle Norm – Izzy G.  The picture with Daddy was taken on her first day.  The Mommy picture and the two beauty shots were taken on day two.  I’m totally hooked!  When do I get to see her again?


There’s No Place Like Home Wednesday June 18, 2008

Filed under: Babies,Daily Life — The Professor @ 12:54 pm

Since my last post, I have been on the road.  The summer of the baby has officially commenced.  Three (count em’ THREE) babies have been born and I have met all of them. 

Laura and Julie’s twins arrived first although Laura had the latest due date.  Caroline James and Lily McKenna didn’t let something as silly as a due date stand in their way.  They are still in the NICU, but they are doing great.  They aren’t sick, they just aren’t developmentally ready yet.  Both girls will likely be home sometime in July.  For now, L&J visit them for “kangaroo care” twice a day and Laura pumps like a banshee.  Sounds like that is a full time job.  Comes with quite a nice outfit too….. yikes 😉

Zach and Theresa’s GIRL came on June 6.  Isabella Gianna is absolutely fabulous.  Although she made her appearance while I was somehere between Commerce and Atlanta on 85, I got to hold her just an hour after she was born.  Magic.  I’m hooked.  Little Bella is a star and it’s hard to wait to see her again. 

Given that K has a real job, she wasn’t able to make the trek.  Man, did I wish she was there to experience all of that with me.  These are my best friends and being a part of this moment with them, was super special.  Lots of emotions for everyone.  I missed my girl.  We are planning to visit with everyone in July though, so I guess I can be patient.

The day after I got home from Atlanta, I was due to fly to Kansas City for the annual AP reading.  Nine days of reading and scoring the writing of high school students.  Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?  Well…. it actually is.  It’s hard to explain to normal people, but the reading is a bit like a family reunion with a bunch a folks that you actually like.  The band camp analogy also works.  Just a bunch of geeks getting together and having a blast.  This year was the best year yet.  Although we’ve been in Daytona Beach in previous years and Kansas City hardly compares, there was something special about this reading. 

After leaving my tenure-track job and moving to a new state, I’ve been a bit unmoored.  Is that a word?  It just came to me.  What I mean is that I’ve been less grounded than usual.  I’m a girl that needs a few close friends.  Two is about the limit, but those two are important.  They make me feel connected and valuable.  I need that.  I’ve got what’s most important (K), but the friend thing is important too.  It helps to make me more whole and better in all the things I do.   So….. I’m explaining this bc I met someone at the reading who felt immediately like someone I’ve known forever.  I love that.  It’s so rare and so valuable.  She lives in the next town over!  Kind of hard to believe that she’s been over there all the time.  I’m absolutely pumped about it.  I’m hoping we can continue building a friendship.

So…. after weeks of being away, I’m back.  Thanks to Deseray for noticing that I was gone.  That damn bike was beginning to get on MY nerves ;).  I’ll be back in a bit to post some baby pictures.