Friday, February 15, 2008

Thanks Megan for the funny video

I turned in my dissertation to my committee today. It's a relief to have it done, but I don't quite believe it yet. It doesn't feel real. I'm really tired, and I keep thinking "what next? what did I forget? I need to make another plot. I need to make another figure. work. work. work." aahhhhh!!! This anxiety is very clingy.

I'll get used to it and move one to more important things like this:

Actually, now I've got to prepare for my defense and apply for a Jay-Oh-Bee.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

What's in a name?

How would you refer to your significant other if you were cohabitating with no plans for marriage? I don't feel like the term "boyfriend" covers the relationship. When I introduce Patrick as my boyfriend, people look a little shocked when the follow up question is answered with "We've been together over 7 years". The word boyfriend feels too temporary. I could call him my partner, and I kind of like the gender ambiguity of that. Significant Other feels too stuffy and official for casual conversation. I sometimes call him my husband b/c it is just easier. But, it's not the truth. I also don't want to call him my fiance b/c we have no plans on getting married.

So, here are a names I am considering calling Patrick:

Bit of stuff
The father of my cat
My Old Man
Better half
Voice of reason
Ride home from the bars

Do you like any of them? Got any ideas of your own? Let me know.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Happy Mardi Gras!

I miss living in Louisiana. I miss the food, the music, the people, and the festivities. Every event is an excuse to drag out the trumpets, tap shoes, kegs, and crawfish. I miss it.

Have a happy Mardi Gras!

And, don't forget to get out and vote today!!