Saturday, September 6, 2014

Miser (Grand) Mom

Things never seem to be "normal" in my home.  When I finished my IronMan and everybody asked "so, what's next?", I had to make up a variety of silly answers:

  • "The IronMan was my turn; now it's your turn to do something!"
  • "I'm going to be Department Chair."
(This last one is funny for academics, who think of being department chair as some kind of penal servitude). 

But now I have a better answer.  What's next?  I'm going to be a grandma!  K-daughter tells me that my grandchild is due to arrive sometime in March, right around the time of my 49th birthday. 

There is so much more to say.  More like, K-daughter has moved out of our home and in with her boyfriend.  More like, telling me was apparently the scariest part of the pregnancy so far.  More like,  progress toward the college degree is highly non-linear, and likely to be more so.

But for now, I'll just publicly say I'm looking forward to being Miser Nana.  My first grandchild is on the way.


  1. Congratulations! And good luck to her!

    And that department chair thing definitely did send a shudder(!)

    1. Thanks for the kudos!

      The admin thing is worse than it sounds in some ways: I'm both department chair AND on our college's Promotion/Tenure committee. This is a year in which I go over to the Dark Side of Administration. But for me, it means I get to give some young faculty some advice and mentoring I think they weren't getting otherwise, so actually I'm pretty pumped about this. And next year, sabbatical!

  2. Congratulations & good luck to K.

    This is definitely a big "what's next" for you.

    I did a double take at the dept chair line - does not seem like the way to get to do more math!

    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to hogging (I mean, "hugging") the baby come summer. And doing math then, too . . . you're right that it might be tricky to do much research before May rolls around.