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So, Toni and I came home today from a week at a cabin in the Catskills.  It was about 4 hours from here, barely over the NY state line from PA, near where those two states and New Jersey all come together.  It was the first time she and I have had a chance for a real vacation for just the two of us since before I went back to school in 2006.  And because I tended to burn her out and drive her crazy with always going places to see and/or do things, I felt I owed her a vacation where we did what she wanted – a place to get away from home and just hole up and be together and do as little as possible.  A new thing for me, I wanted to try that, too.  So, we found and picked a place – a little cabin/cottage converted from two barns.  We made sure it had an outdoor hot tub (and a very secluded one at that), and we used said hot tub almost every day.  It was very nice to get out of State College for a week, even though we still spent time on our laptops and didn’t completely disconnect from the world.  Did some reading, had some good food, and just *were* for a few days.

The place was very pretty and definitely captured the rustic look.  Here is the front, coming up the drive from the owner’s home:

Pics & More Here )

 

 

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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…I married my best friend.  Happy Anniversary, Toni!  I am very lucky.  You are the best thing ever to be part of my life, and marrying you was the best decision I’ve ever made.  I love you!!!

Originally published at Abnormality Locality. You can comment here or there.

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I have not endured years of osteoarthritis in my knee to the point of being unable to walk without a cane or go long distances without needing a sitting mode of transportation.

I have not suffered from having bone spurs and no cartilage whatsoever in that knee.

I have not suffered the indignity of medical professionals deriding me and disregarding my condition because of another condition.

I have not undergone total knee replacement surgery.

I have not undergone laryngiospasm resulting in a severe asthma attack while being intubated for general anesthesia before that surgery.

I have not spent over 48 hours (and mentally lost the first 24) after surgery in the ICU because of that asthma attack.

I have not undergone the stress of awakening to discover I've been intubated and my hands restrained and felt extremely claustrophobic from that and the associated disorientation.

I have not undergone 2 days of pain, medication, tests, discomfort, respiratory therapy, and both stressful and painful physical therapy starting only a couple of hours after awakening and being extubated.

I do not have weeks of more physical therapy and limited mobility to look forward to as I recover and regain full use of a new prosthetic knee.

And yet, I am still freaking EXHAUSTED.
quasigeostrophy: (love-Toni)
...I married [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess, my best friend. She still is. Happy Anniversary, sweetie!! I love you!!
quasigeostrophy: (love-Toni)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess!!!

I love you very much!!! *smooches*
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...I married my best friend.

We've been through a lot, and I don't think either of us then had any idea our lives would be as they are now. Events have been up and down (mostly up), and I wouldn't have wanted to have gone through any of it with anyone else.

I'm in Boulder this week, attending a class at NCAR, so we're not together on our anniversary day, but long ago we agreed that the specific day we celebrate isn't important. We move holidays all the time, and I know that she loves me every single day. We agreed I would come on this trip alone because, though we enjoy each other's company immensely, we both need our alone time now and then, and since we moved to West Lafayette I haven't had much of it (not that spending most of the day in a class with 80 other people is much alone time). Despite the need for occasional alone time, I do miss her dearly, and can't wait to see her at IND on Sunday afternoon.
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Toni and I got back from vacation in Massachusetts over a week ago. It was nice. Hung out with B and M and their kids. B and I ran around a couple of days - to Gloucester and Rockport, down to Cambridge. Otherwise, didn't do much. Decided after driving out there in one day, especially considering we stop a lot more these days, we're getting too old to make that drive in one day, so we left for home a day early and stopped overnight in Buffalo, NY.

Last Thursday, the first morning we were home, I awoke with a sore throat, serious PND, and very stuffy sinuses and nasal passages. Worked both Thursday and Friday mornings in the lab (and was annoyed that meetings I had scheduled were postponed by the other attendees - I could have stayed home and rested). By Saturday afternoon I had a very persistent and productive cough. I'd had an allergist follow-up in Indy on Friday and the nurse practitioner thought it may have been a severe allergy attack, a "Welcome home to Indiana". Monday afternoon, our new local doc decided it could have been that in part, but was definitely also an infectious strain of bronchitis, so he put me on a carpet bomber antibiotic. I went in on Tuesday for my rescheduled meetings with other students. Wednesday I stayed home and planned to rest, and took Toni to the doctor because she had caught it from me and gone from nothing to bronchitis in less than 48 hours. Met with my advisor yesterday morning (who told me her husband caught something similar in between trips out to the Great Plains for work on VORTEX2), but I'm not planning on going back in until I feel better. Not before Monday, anyway. I've made an appointment with a local allergist as well. Not that I don't like the one I have in Indy, but if I like this local guy, it means I won't have to drive all the way down there anymore, and even if I don't switch to him, I'm frustrated to the point where I want another brain working on WTF is up with my allergies, sinuses, and in particular, my Eustachian tubes.

I have to do some calculations and literature review for work by next Thursday, but otherwise I just need to get a draft of my AMS journal article to my advisor before I leave for WRF training in mid-July. I've made all those travel arrangements. My office mate C and I are arriving late in the afternoon on Saturday, July 11. Free day on Sunday the 12th, during which I think I may head down to the Colorado Irish Festival, at least late in the afternoon to see Eileen Ivers. The WRF class at NCAR is Monday through Friday, and then I have another free day Saturday the 18th before flying home the next morning. I'll be away for Toni's and my 17th wedding anniversary on Friday, July 17, so we'll celebrate sometime ASAP after I get home. We've already talked about it, and we move holidays all the time. The specific date is not a huge deal for us.

It looks like I may take one class in the fall, along with my TA and research duties. There is a proposal writing class on Monday afternoons, and since my advisor is having a hard time fitting my project into her current proposal, she thinks whether or not I end up being covered by her proposal, submitting one of my own will be a good experience. I agree with this comment.
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Before I head off to bed...

- Got the rest of my so-far-drafted thesis chapters back from my advisor, still with little markup. One of them needs to be chopped up and the bulk turned into an appendix, but that's not a huge undertaken. She said "They're written so beautifully." *preens* :-)

- I went into today's meeting with the intent of pushing my advisor about delaying my defense until sometime in May, since I only have a little over a week before I really should get reading copies of my thesis to my committee members, but she doesn't want to do that. She convinced me I'm not as far away as I thought, and tomorrow I need to reserve a room and schedule my M.S. defense. We're thinking of 10:30am, Thursday, April 23.

- Went with Toni to see STOMP tonight. Third time we've seen it, and it was just as cool as ever.

- Still coughing from the stupid bronchitis of last week. The antibiotics worked, but my body produces/produced so much crud it will take months to clear out. I just hope it's calmed down some by the time I'm rehearsing my defense presentation.

- Not going to Boulder over the summer like I was hoping. Was hoping my advisor would send me to the two-week WRF tutorial meeting at NCAR in July, but I won't be ready to run the model for my Ph.D. project in the fall semester, anyway, and I'll be turning my M.S. thesis into a journal article for submission. They have them twice a year, though, so she'll probably send me to the one in January. Too bad I don't know how to ski. :-) Maybe I'll see if my friend T wants to go snowshoeing again.

- The above means we may actually make it out to Massachusetts again sometime over the summer for a week or so. Desperately want to see our friends out there again.
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I thought I'd share a bit about Toni's and my recent trip to Minnesota, including photos.

Sunday we drove up to Stillwater, MN, taking the long way through Wisconsin so we could hit Mars Cheese Castle and the Jelly Belly factory gift shop just a little over the border from Illinois. The former was okay, but I think I've been in better cheese shops. At the latter we were hoping to replace my very old Jelly Belly t-shirt, but alas, nothing was in stock that was appealing. We did get some cheese at Mars and some jelly beans at Jelly Belly, though, along with lots of stuff from nearby Pepperidge Farm and Tupperware outlet shops.

We stayed right in Stillwater at the Water Street Inn, since one of the reasons we made the trip was to see Paul & Lorraine (I'd link them, but their domain seems to be offline - they're a quasi-Celtic duo. Lorraine plays fiddle, Paul plays acoustic guitar, and they both sing) play for 9 hours on St. Patrick's Day in Charlie's Pub downstairs and in the Inn ballroom.

Monday, we drove over to south Minneapolis and hit Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore. I'd been there back in the early '90s when visiting a friend who lived and worked in Rochester, MN at the time, and it was pretty much how I remembered: disorganized, dusty, but what an awesome selection. We spent too much money, of course. Afterward, we hit a Borders so I could get an updated map/atlas of the area (my previous ones dated from the last time I was there), and had lunch at Big Bowl, a great Singapore Thai/Chinese fusion place that makes their own awesome ginger ale. And I had salmon pad thai. Then we headed back to Stillwater, hit Valley Bookseller in town, and I took some photos around the (frozen but cracking thanks to 60-degree temps) river's edge. For dinner we went to Freight House, which was yummy.

Tuesday we headed back over to south Minneapolis, this time to hit DreamHaven Books, Neil Gaiman's favorite local bookstore. They didn't open until Noon, so we took our time, also looking for a sign we saw Monday along the way. A tool renter's shop was advertising (that they) "Dump Bodies". I'm tempted to submit that to Fail Blog. :-) Next, we stopped at Uncle Hugo's again and got more stuff there (of course). Then we went to DreamHaven. They had a different variety than Uncle Hugo's, were a lot cleaner, and seemed to venture more into the comics market. They had the obligatory Gaiman shrine rack in the middle of the store, where I picked up a few things we didn't have, and it was difficult not to get signed copies. After shopping trip number two, we went back to the Inn in Stillwater where Toni napped for a little while, and then we headed downstairs to the concert at Charlie's Pub. Paul & Lorraine played there from 3:00pm until 5:30pm, then relocated to the Inn ballroom where they continued from 6:00pm to Midnight.

The concert was a lot of fun. We met several folks Toni had been getting to know online through Lorraine's blog ("Fiends"). She and Paul are great musicians and know how to entertain a crowd. And IMHO, Lorraine could give Eileen Ivers a run for her money on the fiddle. Toni and I stayed until Midnight CDT, which was way past my usual bedtime. :-) Drove home brain dead yesterday, around Chicago at rush hour (blech), getting back about 7:30pm.

Photos are here.

Traditional logic (and likely my advisor) says I shouldn't have gone since I'm working on my M.S. thesis for hopeful defense in late April, but Toni convinced me, and I'm very glad. I needed a break, and I don't think I'm all that behind in my school work because of it, and Toni and I hadn't been anywhere together on a longer trip since I think before I went back to school.
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess!!!

I'm so very lucky you chased me until I caught you. ;-) I love you very much!!!
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Toni and I are watching Casablanca on DVD.

It just got to the scene where Sam's playing As Time Goes By for Ilsa, and Rick comes out to stop him.

Toni started making an LOLcat based on Ilsa's reaction shot: "O Hai..."

I tried to finish it: "...I'm in Ur Cafe', Bogartin'... Oh, wait." (I meant to conclude with "...Bogartin' Ur Piano Player.")

We then both proceeded to ROTFLOAO. Classic. :-)
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Want move to be over now.

Very tired.

So thankful for Toni's parents coming up yesterday and packing almost all the rest of our books and media, and for my friend M, his wife D (and their 2-year-old M) for helping us load up 3 vehicles and bringing them up to the new place today.

Toni and I made one trip in our two cars this morning. Before we got back we learned we had a house showing at 4pm today. They got to see the house with boxes everywhere and in general disarray when we went up for the second trip.

Tomorrow we need to finalize packing, make sure the stuff the movers are taking on Monday is ready for them, and make another trip to the new place with stuff we don't want the movers to take. Toni and I are both running on almost empty, holding each other up somewhat, along with the help we've gotten from in-laws and friends.
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...I married my best friend.

[livejournal.com profile] datagoddess, I love you so much and am so glad you have been and are with me. *smooch*
quasigeostrophy: (love-Toni)
I'm a very lucky man. :-)
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The narrator and one scientist begin talking about the experience of entering a black hole. The scientist talks about how one's atoms would stretch out like noodles and be pulled apart.

Another scientist is shown, who also comments about the process of spaghettification.

Toni: "'Spaghettification'? That's a real term?"

Me: "It's the Pastafarians."

;-)
quasigeostrophy: (love-Toni)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] datagoddess!!!

I love you very much, and I'm so glad you have been with me for the last 20+ years! :-)

Mmmmmmmm...

Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:31 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] datagoddess made some yummy sourdough bread.

I reiterate: Mmmmmmmm...
quasigeostrophy: (love-Toni)
It's been 15 years, though we've known each other for 21. You've stood by me through medical and money problems, poly hell, career changes, and more. You've been all over the continent and across the ocean with me. And I love you more today than ever.

Happy Anniversary, Toni!

*smooch*

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