This has been an emotionally up and down week for my household. On Sunday, December 1st I finished my first marathon in Seattle. Monday we drove back to Oregon, where we cleaned the house to begin the transition period for one of our foster kids. On Tuesday morning my wife met the adoptive parents who live in the Midwest. On Thursday morning my wife drove the adoptive family and our foster kid, Chipmunk, to the airport at 5:30 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. our foster kid was on a plane to the Midwest. That in itself has been mentally/emotionally draining.
In addition, I was frustrated by a meeting with my advisor for my comprehensive exam. Despite my best efforts I am not as close as I want to be to pass this monstrous exam. So more weeks of reading are needed. However, I was approved to teach my first class next summer. The class is a food studies class looking at contemporary political issues pertaining to food.
Furthermore, it is snowing in Oregon’s Willamette valley region, which normally does not happen. We have 5 or 6 inches of snow in our yard, which is more than we’ve had the previous couple years combined. This is fun because I like snow, but it makes me miss Colorado. Five or six inches of snow would not be a big deal in Colorado, but in the Willamette valley it is a snow emergency! Seriously.
We took DC, our other foster kid, outside to play in the snow today. DC is approximately 18 months old, and was afraid of trees when we first got him. So we weren’t sure how he would react to snow. We took DC out in the snow. He laughed, he ran, he fell down… and after 107 seconds of incredible fun… he was done playing in the snow, so we went back inside.
The snow here is cold and wet, whereas Colorado snow is typically dry. My wife and I, although fully capable of driving in this Winter Wonderland, do not trust the other drivers who have limited or no driving experience in snow. So we are staying inside today.
That is our week in a nutshell: Seattle Marathon triumph, foster kid left with adoptive family, comprehensive exam frustration for my academic career, got confirmation to teach my first class, and snow which both made me miss Colorado but was also fun to see our foster kid’s first romp in the snow. An emotionally exhausting week!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you are staying warm during this snow storm!