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!

2010 – The Year in Review Tuesday January 4, 2011

Filed under: Daily Life,The Wife & Mother — The Professor @ 10:11 am

I liked it so much last year, that I’m doing it again.  I’m a little late to the game, but here goes:

Big Events

  • We got the news that Toad was pregnant in late December/early January
  • The Professor was selected for the Masters in Counseling program in our future city
  • After MUCH discussion, we decided that the Professor would defer her admission for AY10-11 and be a SAHM
  • After almost as much discussion, Gadget found a new home in which he could once again be both man of the house and top dog (this would be challenging for a regular cat, but comes quite naturally to Gadget)
  • The Professor drove off the campus of the no-good-very-bad job for the final time after an honest conversation with the Provost when exams were over in May
  • Toad completed her fellowship and graduated from the 28th grade on the last day of June
  • We moved at the beginning of July
  • We found a new UU congregation and began attending
  • Toad started her new job on the first day of August
  • Bean was born on August 15!!!
  • The three of us spent lots of time getting to know each other during August and September while Toad was on maternity leave
  • The Professor participated in National Novel Writing Month and wrote a 50,000 word novel during November
  • We found the perfect house for our new family in late November and we will buying a house and moving (again) in February

In the Speakers – humm…. not a great music year for me

  • Mumford & Sons (Little Lion Man)
  • Patty Griffin (The Rowing Song, Florida)

Favorite Movies and TV of the Year – also not a good movie year 😦

  • Weeds (Showtime)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • Sister Wives (TLC)

Favorite Books Read this Year

  • The Help Kathryn Stockett
  • The Crimson Petal and the White Michel Faber
  • Columbine Dave Cullen
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe
  • Room Emma Dognoghue

The Hard Stuff AKA Opportunities for Growth

  • Leaving a job with both honesty and integrity
  • Managing a major move with a Toad who was 8 months pregnant
  • Finding some kind of equilibrium in the wake of all of these huge changes
  • Carving a space in each of our own families for this new family that was born when Bean arrived

The Easy Stuff AKA The Blessings

  • My wife, always my wife
  • The unspeakably perfect gift of our son
  • Watching our families fall in love with its newest member
  • The opportunity that I have to spend this precious early time with Bean without thought of outside child care
  • Our fabulously friendly new town

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