Monday, May 12, 2008

weekend recap

We had a really good weekend. Saturday Jared helped a guy from church move, and I ventured out to the mall to buy some new comfy flip flops. I also bought a few maternity shirts and after waiting in line forever at the register my feet were killing me. But that didn't stop me from going to a dance party some friends of ours threw. It was so fun! We all acted quite silly and had a rockin' time. But yeah, my feet felt like they wanted to fall off by the end of the night. And the next day. And even today they are still sore. They aren't so happy about all the abuse while having to support a baby too.

Yesterday was of course Mother's Day. Jared made me waffles for breakfast and made lunch too. He was going to make salmon for dinner but neither of us were very hungry, so we are saving that meal for tonight. He also wrote me a beautiful card.

Last night we went over to our friends' Steve and Rebekah's for a little party to celebrate Steve's graduation. He is now Dr. V. Oh what a glorious day it will be when Jared graduates! Steve and Rebekah and their four kids are leaving us soon to move to California. Steve will be teaching at UC-Berkley. We will miss them! They are some of our favorite people here. Rebekah has some killer moves on the dance floor. :-)

We also got some great news yesterday--Jared's graduate adviser is rehiring him as his research assistant for next year. This is a HUGE relief as Jared's funding from the University is up, and with a baby coming, I won't be able to work full-time. Jared will be able to work from home again next year while he studies for his comprehensive exams and starts his dissertation. We feel SO very blessed! And excited that we will be in North Carolina one more year.

In other news, we are moving into a new apartment in three weeks. It's closer to campus and near a ton of people we go to church with. It's going to be really nice to have friends close by when the baby comes. Plus, utilities are included in the rent, so I'm not going to feel too guilty about having the AC going during the sweltering NC summer! Unfortunately, moving means packing and cleaning and unpacking--all things I don't enjoy. I need to get started so that I'm not overwhelmed a couple days before, especially because I am working full-time. Sigh. I hate packing.

Oh and last but not least.... I bought my camera!!! I've been really wanting a digital SLR camera for a long time now. My parents gave me a nice chunk of change for my birthday back in January that I've been saving towards my camera. And since we just got our little stimulus package from the government, I thought I'd take the plunge and order it. I am SO excited! It's going to be so fun to figure it out and practice and start taking some better photos. For those who want to know, I got the Nikon D80 and two lenses--the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR II DX Nikkor Lens and the 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens. It should be here by next week.


  1. well congrats on the job! and the camera. good idea getting it now, and then you can start practicing with it.

  2. SWEET on the camera!!!! I have my eye on a certain SLR myself. How fun!! Congrats on keeping the job. Very cool, sounds like a relief. I don't like packing either. :( You're smart to get started early. I always leave too much until the end and wind up with late nighters.

  3. It seems like every woman moves while pregnant at some time in her life. It's like a curse!

    You finally got your camera! That is SO exciting. I got the 18-200 lens for Mother's Day yesterday - we're twinners. You're going to LOVE your camera - just don't use your flash. A wise photographer once said that any picture that can't be taken in proper natural light isn't worth taking. I've definitely found that to be true in most cases. If you have to, change the ISO settings to 1600. It helps a lot taking pics at night or in dim lighting. Sorry for the lecture (especially if you already knew that!). Have fun with it!!

  4. I hope my next camera will be a SLR! I can't wait to see the pictures you take with it.

  5. Sounds like a lovely (busy) weekend. So excited for you and your new memory-capturing machine :) Can't wait to see the pictures you take.