Monday, July 27, 2009


A quick update on our moving adventure. We are all moved into the new apartment and all moved out of the old apartment. We just finished cleaning this weekend. We still have a substantial amount of unpacking to do ::sigh::.

We're switching to AT&T for Internet and Direct TV for cable (well I guess it's actually satellite) because we are fed up with Cox Cable. I spent over 5 hours on the phone with them over three days attempting to get the internet to work. They were supposed to send someone out, Dan stayed home, the person did not come when they were supposed to, and then we find out that when they told me that a technician would be there at 3pm they really meant 3-5pm and that someone needed to be home in that whole window. The window that they neglected to mention to me, of course. Now we're in the process of getting approval from our rental company for the satellite dish, which is supposed to be simple, but they're can't find the form they need, so I've been sitting here for about 5 hours waiting for them to call me and tell me they found the form. I think it's probably not happening today.

Enough complaining, at least we are in our new apartment. It's wonderful! I love having a washer and dryer and a dishwasher. And we have storage space!!!! The cats are adjusting well, although Lenin is still kind of skiddish when we get home after being gone all day.

I have a Lenin kitty demanding attention and trying to lay on my keyboard so that's all for now. I'll post pictures once everything is unpacked.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July Already?

Whoa, how did it end up being July already? Summer is flying by quickly over at the Tagliarina household. I've been busy at work and getting back to work on the Parenting in Academia project that Sarah and Jamie and I have been working on. We just submitted our IRB paperwork, so hopefully we'll get it approved and be able to start the interviews before the summer ends.

We're also busy packing because we move to our new apartment in 10 days!!!!! We have friends (yay friends!!) lined up to help us move. Graduate students are very easy to bribe with food.

Dan's summer class starts next week and he's been very busy getting all of the administrative stuff taken care of for it and has started writing his lectures. He's very excited to teach his own class. He also found out that he will be teaching Introduction to Political Theory in the Fall semester. He found out several months later than everyone else teaching in the Fall because of budget stuff. So he's also been rushing around trying to do everything he needs to do for that class. It's lots of work but a great opportunity. Dan should have a really great teaching portfolio when he goes out on the job market. He's also been working on articles to send out to journals for review, but no word on any of that so far.

I have not gotten much of my own stuff done because working all day is kind of exhausting. Staring either at the computer or size 8 font for 7.5 hours wears out my eyes. I have gotten a lot of packing done, however, so hopefully when we actually hit moving day we will be in good shape. I've also done my last load of laundry in a pay machine (crossing fingers) because we're getting our own washer and dryer. I'm so excited!!!

The kitties have been all wide eyed and crazy about all of the packing and the change in their surroundings. Wait until they actually move! Lenin has been very talkative since we got back from Ohio, and they've both started chirping at the birds like my mom's cat does. We think he taught them. :) I hope the new apartment has a window that faces the trees so that they have birds to watch.