Archive for the ‘Working’ Category


December 1, 2008

We had a great Thanksgiving weekend with Patrick’s grandparents, who not only came to visit but also prepared a fabulous turkey dinner for us.  They’ll have to come back next year when Patrick can actually eat it!

Photos from the past few days are up in a new Facebook album.

My mom arrives in a few hours to look after Patrick this week while I return to work.  While I’m excited about seeing my friends and colleagues again and regaining some semblance of a professional identity, I hate thinking about not getting to hang out with my kid all day.  As much as I like my work, I do like him better!


Mommy, Ph.D.

November 9, 2008

Friday was a big day at UH as the campus celebrated the investiture of the new university president and UH system chancellor, Dr. Renu Khator.  Since Micah had the day off from work, I was able to participate and march in the academic procession.  This was the first chance I’d had since graduating from UVa to wear my academic regalia, so I was pretty excited.  Patrick doesn’t have a cap and gown yet (though so many mistakes were made in the ordering of regalia that he probably could have gotten his own doctoral hood and tam if I’d asked), but he did wear his UH Cougars T-shirt.  I’m a sucker for academic pomp and circumstance, even if it is a bit silly and self-congratulatory, so I got a kick out of the event.  I hope when Patrick gets bigger, he’ll enjoy playing dress-up with my regalia, just like I did with my dad’s.


Thanks to my friend and colleague Paul Sharpe for taking this nice picture of us!


October 11, 2008

The librarian’s kid made his debut today with a visit to the UH library.  I was there ostensibly to attend a faculty senate committee meeting, but obviously the real reason was to show off our kid.  It was a lot of fun to introduce him to my colleagues, but Patrick was decidedly unimpressed with Mommy’s office.

Taking my leave

September 5, 2008

Well, I’m now officially on maternity leave.  On the one hand, I’m very relieved because I’ve been so tired that concentrating on work was getting challenging.  On the other, I love my job, and it’s hard to imagine twelve weeks out of the office.  I hope I’ll be able to stay in the loop at least a little bit, so December doesn’t catch me completely off-guard, but that will depend on what kind of baby we end up with.  I’m very lucky that everyone at the library has been supportive and helpful, but it’s hard not to feel guilty about taking time off.  Oh well, experienced friends have told me there’s really no ideal way to be a working mom, so I guess all I can do is hope to strike a balance that lets me be a pretty good mom and a pretty good librarian.  (Hmm, that sounds kind of like the Lake Wobegon model of working motherhood.  Since I grew up in the part of the world that inspired Garrison Keillor’s “fictional” town, I guess that’s appropriate!)