High paying job

Alyssa announced that she wants to be a cashier when she grows up. The reason is "everyone will give me money and I will be very rich".

Now why didn't I think of that?


Alyssa's picnic song

Did you bring the sandwiches?
Yes we brought the sandwiches.
Did you bring the salad?
Yes we brought the salad.
Did you bring the fire ant?
Did you bring the spider?


A quote from Dalai Lama

Read this in the May 12, 2008 issue of Time. Deepak Chopra wrote an article about the Dalia Lama for his entry in the Time 100 most influential people in the world.

The Dalai Lama said "to ignore all organized faiths and keep to the road of higher consciousness", because "without relying on religion, we look to common sense, common experience and the findings of science for understanding".

I thought that was very insightful, and really amazed that these words came from the spiritual leader of a major religion.


Incapacitating fatige

Strangely, I didn't enjoy my first day of freedom as much as I thought I would. I feel extremely tired from the moment I woke up and it only gets worse from there. Shortly after lunch I can't even stay awake (but couldn't sleep either when I tried to take a nap) and started to have some very bad headache.

I guess this is what you get after living a stressful life for so long. Not counting preschool, I have been in school for about 26 years now. For what I can remember, there wasn't a single time period that I am not stressed about one thing or another. Taking things easy is simply not in my dictionary (while push things to the limit definitely is). Maybe my body is just telling me that I should learn to enjoy my life more.


Officially in-between

After cleared out my office today, I am officially out of a job and an affiliation.

I have some mixed feelings about saying goodbye after 5 years. Getting a Ph.D. is REALLY a long journey, only the elementary school took me longer than this (you can argue that it was more useful though).


The joy of having your home on the market

Have dinner ready,
get the kids sit down at the table,
hear the phone ring,
pick up the phone,
know a potential buyer will stop by in 5 min,
get the kids off the table,
get the leash on the dog,
get the kids ready,
go out for a walk,

walk, walk, walk,

get the kids and dog back home,
get dinner ready again,
get the kids sit down at the table again,
and finally,
have dinner.


One more week to go @ UGA

My last day at UGA is less than a week away. As this draws nearer, my anxiety level seems to be rising steadily.

On one hand I can't wait to move on to the next stage of my life. After all, five years in the graduate school is quite a long time. That said, a part of me kind of wish that things can continue just as they are. There are still so many thing that I can do here. Just last night I got so excited when thinking about a possible project and worked till 1AM. Really bad sign of turning into a research junkie.