Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Yellowstone Vacation How I Love You, Let Me Count the Ways

1. The sheer beauty of the park:


2. The desolation left by the fetid yet beautifully acidic (sometimes base) pools:


3. The happiness from borrowing other people's children (and the satisfaction of teaching them things their parents disapprove of):


5. The surprise of running into old friends (even if last time you saw them they were just out of high school and now they make you feel old...as manifest by the gut and the man-boobs):


6. The majesty of wildlife (especially when it tries to gore foreign made cars)


7. The joy of spending quality time with family you don't usually see (especially staying up to completely unreasonable hours):


8. The shock satisfaction of realizing your sweet sis-in-law is more profane than you:


9. The sweet taste of giving up on your New Year's Resolution and your big screen tv:


10. The totally awesome, fantastically breathtakingly, and amazingly comfortable location we stayed (I call next billiards game):


Can we start our next Yellowstone vacation now?

Emasculation Day 1

So despite my previous post about the benefits of my current employment situation, I must admit that there are some serious draw backs. First and foremost is the fact that I feel largely impotent and emasculated. I know that this situation is not of my doing intellectually, but there's a psychological component that's incredibly jarring. Suddenly I'm put in a situation where I'm reliant upon Wife to provide for our needs while I struggle to get the house ready for sale. A task for which I'm woefully unprepared.

That said I cannot say that I was unproductive in day 1 of unemployment. I went out for a good jog. I finished sanding all the molding around the windows, and with help of a good friend did the demolition on the kitchen counter tops and sink. Wife seems to think that we're making good progress and well within our time limit to finish everything. I am still more hesitant and fear that I'm not even close to where I need to be. I guess we'll see in two weeks.

Today's tasks:

1. Finish painting the molding on the upstairs windows.
2. Finish installing the new kitchen counter tops/sink
3. Begin painting the stairs (not the stairs themselves but the kick boards)

And here's a video. Yes it's French. Yes it has a fiddle. How can you go wrong with a French rock band that uses a fiddle? I mean honestly.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Big Newskowski

Just as Grandpa's death kind of took the blogger out of me last year, our eminent plans rather discombobulated me this year. I apologize that we haven't been more forthcoming. A few of you knew about our plans but the vast majority did not. For those we didn't tell let me apologize.

We've formed so many close friendships over the past 7 years in New York we didn't want to alarm anyone. In addition neither of us wanted our employers to know about this change prematurely. Yet now things have moved to a point where we need to let everyone know. Again please don't be offended if we didn't tell you in person.

First the good news. I was laid off on Friday. Okay that's not great news but it validates the decisions we made last autumn.

As some of you know, in October of last year both Wife and I took the Foreign Service Exam. We had hoped to start a career working with the State Department in the very embassies around the world. Neither of us passed the test. Quite honestly I was a bit shocked as I'd passed the written exam several years ago.

As a result of this failure I did something that most of you thought I should do 8 years ago. I took the LSAT in December. Although I didn't do as well as I would have liked, I did reasonably well. I have thus far been accepted to four of the eleven law schools to which I have applied. I am still waiting on responses from five others.

The net result of this is that Wife and I will be relocating sometime at the beginning of August.

On a personal note, I cannot help but to see the hand of Providence in every action in our lives over the last year leading us to this point. There is no doubt that my fears over my long term career prospects at my now former employer were well founded, and that it was a stroke of inspiration to plan ahead as we have. I have no doubt that we will succeed in the long term. While it is sad to close this very happy chapter in our lives, both wife and I are eternally grateful for all the many people who have enriched our lives over the years.

Oh and if you want to vote in our "Where should Husband go to law school?" poll, please visit our blog directly.