Tuesday, April 29, 2014


It was a Tuesday that felt like a Friday. But then there was this little rainbow on the way to work. Just a few days left.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


And then it was springtime at WPI! The magnolias are blooming and the fountain is on and it all pretty lovely. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014


We are entering the Worcester wind-down, people. Three weeks to go, which I can hardly believe. Six more calculus lectures (well, by some counts 16, but I'm saying six), one paper to "majorly revise", two papers to draft, and then it will be a wrap on Worcester, at least for now.
When we first arrived here one of the only decorations we had on the wall was a calendar, each month beside the next so that the five months of our Massachusetts time would be laid out visually. How many meals we passed looking to the calendar, counting the weeks and planning the days. And now the days dwindle down, down, down. Twenty one more to flash by.


And then there was a last-gasp flurry of socializing. Basically I/we've been invited to do three social activities over these last three months, and they all happened this weekend. So it was a good weekend!
I kicked it off with a math dinner at the Sole Proprietor - Worcester's fancy seafood restaurant (why didn't I get chowder??!). It was really one of the first opportunities I've had to hang out with any of the other faculty at WPI. And I received a ride home from one of the other dinner attendees, who funnily enough was going to visit another math department colleague who lives.... two doors down from us. That was a bit of a funny surprise so we got to meet our neighbour as well as a coworker.
On Saturday it was time for egg decorating at my WPI supervisor's house. That was fairly excellent since I got to create a zeolite egg while H hung out with some other kids. Having seven children and a gaggle of grandchildren means that entertaining is streamlined (at some point another descendent appeared briefly to produce a cake then disappeared again) and also pretty laid back.
Finally today we enjoyed an easter brunch at our nanny's house, which was really fun. She had hidden plastic eggs filled with fruit and other little treats for the boys to hunt. it was quite sweet to see the two of them with their little baskets. What sweeties.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


And then, he was two. What a day it was. It seems like only yesterday that he was turning one. But now he is two. ("How old are you?" "TWO!!!")
We had a quiet day of celebration here as our three-person family, although we skyped in a whole bunch of others too. There were decorations, a trip to the playground (yes, sadly this is a special occasion occurrence here in worcester), then cupcakes baked and consumed. It was glorious. Heiko is glorious, natural mullet and all.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

97 I guess

And with that, so long ice. Spring has finally - finally! - arrived here in worcester. I was surprised that it only took a few short days for the ice to disappear from our little backyard lake. The weekend whine of snowmobiles was silenced for one week during breakup, and has been replaced with the spectacle of kayaks and pontoon boats toodling around this puddle of a lake.
But suddenly there is a whole new world to explore out there! Splashing and waves throwing things in and and ducks!

Thursday, April 3, 2014


It has been all kinds of busy here in Lissieland. Basically I went away for one night. What? How can one night cause so much chaos? It did. I was both very nervous and very excited. In the months, weeks, days and literally hours prior to this trip I looked for any and every excuse that would prevent me from going (did Heiko just cough? I shouldn't go). There were a number of different reasons for my trepidation, but eventually Patrick kicked my butt out the door and that was that.
My supervisor here at wpi picked me up at the bright shiny hour of 3:45 am on Saturday morning. I'd like to say that I got up at 3am, but Heiko actually got me up closer to 1:30am. So that was what I was working with. Everything went smoothly though (ok, other than the "oh! We're out if gas" minutes before entering several kilometers of tunnel handing under the Charles river to boston airport), and we even cruised in to the 8am session (in Baltimore) just a few minutes late. I gave my talk, chatted to some folks, showed some people my penrose zeolites, and that was pretty much that. I arrived home at around 11pm on Sunday.
It was a great trip in the end. I'm so pleased that I went for a lot of reasons. But of course, I missed my Heiko. On the first flight, the couple behind me was taking their infant on his first flight. Oh! I remember those days. I've lost track of the number of flights Heiko has taken now. And, in just few days, H is going to be a full-paying member of the plane-sitting-on public. Travel is about to get 50% more expensive in this family. It is hard to believe how fast everything has changed.
I was pretty excited about the night in the hotel. I even turned down an offer to share a room. I just wanted those eight hours to myself. Of course, between the talks and the crab cake dinner and the operation of the (manual) breast pump, I think there were sadly only about six hours left for the sleeps. Predictably I woke up a few times, looking for my baby who is no longer a baby.
And now I'm back (it was only one night after all), and then calculus and sickness and melting and visits and changes. Just, nothing stops moving. Heiko will be two in just a few days, so momentous events for all of us I suppose.