Well, life continues to be rich and full in the Miser Family Household. This week, we especially celebrate 30 years of L2. See the specially decorated cake from L2's aunt? Hear the "Happy Birthday" played by Y? And see L2 through the years . . . Big birthday kiss to you all!
This week was the final week of J-term for me, which means I gave quizzes and more (make-up quizzes) and then final exams, and I graded and graded and graded. But also this week, my collaborator and I submitted our NSF grant proposal, something we've been working like crazy to pull together. And now it's pulled together, and sent out, so phew!!! and YAAYYY!!! With J-term done, I now have a break until . . . Monday. Which is when our spring semester starts.
Speaking of "spring break" . . . [this segue is actually how my husband loves to change the topic. He'll say, "speaking of grading and papers, the newspaper said start-of-completely-new-topic.] So, speaking of things that break, I'm very glad my husband is safe and chagrined about the two flat tires he had while doing his Adventure Driving en route home from his Adventure Biking. So, that's another thing that happened this week.
But to get back to "30 years" (which is what L2 is), I have always had a soft spot for the age 30. I was born when my dad was 30; my only birth child was born when her dad was 30; and I married my current husband when I was 30. So I think of this particular year as an auspicious one for her. And so it kind of makes sense to catch back up with that wonderful man who is 30 years older than I am, my dad. And so here's my interview with him.1. What things were you doing a year ago that you're not doing now?
We went out to eat several times a week, went to movies, concerts, and the opera. I also spent time planning vacation trips.
2. What occupies your days, nowadays?
Keeping the house in repair; There is usually something minor to fix every other week or so. There is yard work, even some in winter after an ice storm. I spend time reading the paper and working on crossword puzzles. I am not very good at this, language skills being my weak suit, but with help from Sue we can work the easier ones.
3. Tell me a bit about your hobbies.
Woodworking is my favorite hobby, but in truth I do not do much with it these days. What spare time I have these days is spent going through the old junk from my previous house, still in storage. I actually enjoy repairing things around the house. I have all the tools required to do most any job. Because of the limitations caused mostly by my age I have given up on the tasks requiring great strength, or working above my head, or crawling on my belly under the crawl space, and so with reluctance I have hired help for some tasks.
4. When you treat yourself to a bit of "me" time or special indulgences, what does that involve for you?
These days it mostly involves reading. I take several popular science journals “Science,” “Physics Today,” and “Sky and Telescope” I also read books, mostly science related or history.
5. What kinds of things would you like to be doing in the future that you haven't done yet or aren't doing now?
I would like to go back to traveling. There are many places that I have not yet visited, and that I would like to see. I can no longer keep up physically with the much younger travelers so I will mostly go to places where I can look, but not have to climb too many stairs.
6. Describe some of your favorite household gadgets or treasures.
My favorite newish item in my life is spray oil for pans, used for baking. It eliminates the job I like least about baking.
7. Are there any questions I should have asked you, but didn't?
Not that I can think of at this time.
And that's the news from our family, which continues to be wealthy in our decades and decades of adventures. May you and yours be similarly prosperous.