Archive for May, 2007

Day three of lonely week

May 31, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Leisure

Today wasn’t that bad really. I feel like I will make it now. I do. As you know last night was graduation. I have always not appreciated being forced to attend/work graduations but then when I am there I really love being there. I love watching the kids I’ve known forever walking and there parents are so proud and they look so nice. I was happy for being at graduation last night. I had one student who I’ve taught in several classes and got to know pretty well. Last night at graduation, she walked down the steps from receiving her diploma and ran over and hugged me. It was a really nice gesture and meant the world to me. She’s one of those students who I will know for sometime. She’s an old soul who is more talented that she will know for sometime.

Afterward we went to Four Peaks brewery for appetizers before grad nite. Grad nite is a Dave & Buster’s kind of place like Chuck E Cheese for adults. They have tons of games, bowling, prizes, movies, everything. I rarely stay up past about 10pm, and at about 3:30AM I could barely keep my eyes open. Finally at 4:14AM I went home. At 5:30 I got to bed and slept until about 2 in the afternoon. Dante is really funny; he loves to sleep on Donna’s side of the bed when she’s not here. And it’s nice to have someone (thing?) here with me.

I asked Ray if he wanted to catch a movie today, and he and Matt were interested. We ended up with one other at Blades of Glory. It was as funny as it looked!! Hilarious! Afterward I went to a student’s graduation party. I really wasn’t planning on going, but I did, and I was really glad I did. There was a group there that I really don’t know that well, and they were the choir kids. Later in the evening they clambered around the piano and began playing and signing. I was mostly awestruck. I had one of the girls in class this year, and I was frustrated because she’d come into class late a lot. I understood that singing was her passion, but I really didn’t get it until tonight. Now I do. Yes, I still think English is important and she needs my class, but now I really see this blinding passionm, and I appreciate that.

The incredible missing turtle.

May 31, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Pets

My wife has had this turtle that I’ve mentioned elsewhere. Turtle’s have always been her favorite animal (are they animals?) and I don’t think I’ve ever really remembered her without her turtles. Even when she physically didn’t have a living turtle in her possession, she’d have someone taking care of it with the understanding that she could have him back at the drop of a hat. This has always been how it is, and sometimes it really bugs me. Her current turtle is George. Yeah yeah I know this guy has had like a billion names and I could probably list them all here and some are silly. But I won’t. My brother calls him George. So do I. And I know here we discovered George was a girl, but hey it’s my post, not hers. Anyway, so George now lives in the guest room, and I typically don’t go in there. We were in there the other night cleaning the damn tank. Yuck. It needed it. So we cleaned it until about midnight Sunday. And my job is to turn on and off the lights while my wife is gone and to feed him.

Well, last night was very long and I came home, crashed, and woke up (thank God no one called). I went in to get something off my network printer, and I admired how nicely clean the water is. And I looked at all the goldfish swimming in circles, oblivious to the fact that they are, in fact, dinner. And then I did NOT see the turtle. Crap! I wasn’t too thrilled. Oh no, I thought. My wife’ll kill me. She’s going to think I killed her turtle or something like that. I slowly walked out of the room and closed the door behind me. I then found on eof my maglites, walked back into the room, and closed myself in. I began systematically moving items here and there, searching every inch of the room for George. I wandered how long she’d been out, and if she could live without water, and how long, and what dead turtle smelled like. There was no water anywhere on the dresser or floor, so I really didn’t know how long ago it was.

Finally, after searching every nook and crannie in half the room, I flipped up the bedspread. There, looking at me, smiling, was GEORGE! He was dry as a bone, but happy happy. He asked me "what took you so long? I need a drink!"

Me too, George. Me too.

Day Two of lonely week

May 29, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Leisure

Not feeling as leisurely today. Let’s see… Dante kept Donna’s spot warm last night and we got up at 4AM. I even was able to turn on any lights I wanted! Woohoo. I got to work at 5:15 but I couldn’t get in the gate again. I had to hop the damn fence. But then I was in my room, grading, and cleaning.

I gave finals 0, 4, and 5. 0hr bombed it, and I don’t think they studied. Oh well. So then after that I hung around and inputted my friend’s grades for him. Not really that fun after I thought of it. I didn’t get out of there until after 3, which sucked.

Tonight Shelley and I met at Fibber Magee’s to "geek out" as she puts it. We brought out laptops to play on their free wireless. We had drinks and food and just sat there and hung out for 4 hours. We planned some future developmental ideas and I played, played, played on one of her class wikis! ‘Twas quite fun!

Now I am going home to catch some Jericho and hit the sack. Tomorrow night will be very late. Don’t expect an update until Thursday when I wake up after a night of PG debauchery.

Day One of lonely week

May 28, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Leisure

Well, she’s gone now. Both of them. I dropped Claire & Donna off at the airport hours ago, then I was planning to head to see Body Worlds 3 at the AZ Science Center. They were pretty booked so I hit Pirates 3 first. Donna and I saw Spiderman 3 last weekend, and that wasn’t very good. This was way better. Donna plans to see that in Pittsburgh, maybe with her brother. I really enjoyed it, but DO NOT FORGET TO STAY UNTIL AFTER THE CREDITS! You will miss important stuff if you don’t.

BodyWorlds3 was pretty cool. I didn’t realize how awesome it would be until the very last day. Donna wasn’t interested so I treated myself this evening. No one asked me to eat hamburgers with them so I spent the evening alone. When I go to museums I realize how cool it’ll be to do that kind of thing as a family in a few years when Claire can enjoy it and appreciate it more. The AZ History museum & AZ Science Center are right by each other. When Donna and I dated we would volunteer at the Carnegie Science Center. Actually she volunteered to volunteer, I volunteered to spend more time with her. Until I began taking trips with kids and having my own kids, I realize the important of museums and history and the educational values of doing rather than just theory. I am also going to enroll Claire in classes after we get back from our various trips all over the world.

So now I am home. I have a few shows, like Jericho, that I watch that Donna does not watch so I am catching up on them now. We have like 60% of our DVR filled, and it’s my job to unfill it. Also, since the hiatus, we’ve not watched LOST. There are like a dozen episodes saved, but our DVR is skipping. Happens about every summer or another; I do think LOST Season 2 will come out on DVD soon so we may just do it that way. Ok I’ve got a ton to do this week. Finals the next two days, tons of check out procedures, and errands galore. I am also going to pack in a few visits with some people, some of my kids are having grad parties. Just gotta keep the house cleaned up, keep myself busy, and try not to remember I won’t see Claire for 3 weeks and Donna for a week. More tomorrow, I’m sure.

My little lady…

May 26, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Claire, Parenthood

CMA_Nailpolish_May07, originally uploaded by nooccar.

When you have a baby, people always tell you how fast they grow up. They always say kids grow up too fast and they’ll be in college and married before you can blink. My daughter is 2 now, and I can’t even begin to tell you how often my jaw just drops open when she does something new, or says something new. She’s talking in complete sentences and saw things I never ever would expect her to say. Today she wanted to use the potty and said "just pee pee. Not poopy." For some of you that’s no big deal, but for me she walks into the bathroom and points at the metal moose and says "moose!". I know since she’s been 2 she’s been talking in 3-4 word sentences, but every single day she adds more and more to her vocabulary.

Today she had two firsts. She had her first frenchfries at dinner (3 of them dipped in ranch and bbq sauce) and then tonight her and Mommy decided she’d paint Claire’s nails. Not quite what I would expect but I know it was coming some day. Ear piercing, too (but NOT, Mum,  while she’s visiting the grandparents this summer!!) Here’s a picture of her very first nail polish painting experience.

She’s moving

May 25, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Adams

As I’ve said earlier, my grandmother is selling the house that she’s been living in for 20 years. Grandpap died in October, and she’s lonely. She decided to join her daughter, son, and their families in Florida. Why not? My parents can afford to visit whenever they want, but the other siblings really can’t. So she’s going to move in with my uncle who has just found a 5 bedroom house for them all.  I’ve not been home since Christmas, and I really don’t think I will be back in Pittsburgh until next Christmas now, and today I realized I will never ever see that house again. I remember when I was a teenager moving them into that house, and how crazy it was that it looked like their house when I was really little. There are just so many memories there in that house, and it’s odd that I’ll never be there again. So many memories… maybe that’s why she’s leaving. It’s so lonely there now without him.

So she just put the house on the market, even though I really thought it would take a little longer, but she has two offers already. I can’t believe it. It feels too soon, but I suppose that’s what best for her.


May 16, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Claire, Parenthood, Travel

Claire’s going to see her grandparents for a few weeks this summer. I don’t think it really hit me that I won’t see her for over three weeks and won’t really be able to talk to her at all. I don’t know if it would be better to make myself realize it now and prepare for it, or keep ignoring it and hope I succeed until she returns from her trip. And the thing that does suck is that her trip is over Father’s Day. I didn’t schedule this, and trust me, I will have a few relaxing days where I can maybe catch a film or just be quiet. I would never ever trade my daughter for anything on this planet, so don’t get me wrong. When I flew to Baltimore in March my throat almost closed when I realized I wouldn’t see Claire for 3 days. This time it is for 3 weeks.


May 15, 2007 By: turtlegirl Category: Claire

Devon to Donna:  "Guess what Claire did at daycare?"
Donna to Devon:  "Uh, what?"
Devon:  "As I was collecting her things to leave, Claire started hugging and kissing her friend Kai goodbye."
Donna:  "OK"
Devon:  "Your daughter was giving a boy kisses!"
Donna:  "It’s OK that she has a boyfriend…  Claire, is Kai your boyfriend?"
Claire: "No."
Donna:  "Oh.  Is Max your boyfriend?
Claire:  "Yes!"
Donna:  "Then Kai must be your boytoy.’
Claire:  "Yes."
Devon:  "Donna!"

They grow up too fast

May 15, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Parenthood

I picked up Claire last week from daycare and they told me she had a boyfriend! They wouldn’t tell me who he is, but they said he gave her all of his candy and tried to kiss her. She pushed away the candy and threw it on the floor, and I was thinking "that’s my girl!".  I jokingly asked daycare if the kid’s rich. There answer was, "Actually…." I was kidding, but who doesn’t want someone to take care of their pride & joy someday? I quickly figured out who it was.

Anyway, Claire never says anyone’s name, but the other day she was leaving day care and called out "Bye Bye ___". Different boy, but I was still surprised. So that night she was laying in her crib getting ready for me to close the door, and she started talking. I still don’t know much of what she says, but I kept catching two names over and over and over again. Those boys. Pinata Boy and Bye Bye Boy. So we ask her about them now, and she gets very excited. She talks about them all the time, and today I went to pick her up.

I was saying bye to the day care ladies, and I told Claire to go tell her friends good bye, and I turned around. Suddenly I saw my 25 month old daughter, the love of my life, across the room in the arms of another man! She and Pinata Boy had their arms wrapped around each other in an embrace and they were kissing!!! I don’t really know what I think about that, but we made sure to call Mommy as soon as we left.

When we got home, Mommy asked which of the two was her boy friend. Claire quickly named Bye Bye Boy. As Donna walked down the hall to change her clothes, she offhandedly said "Yeah, and the other kid is just her boy toy…"

Claire was in the kitchen with me, and looked up eagerly and scream "Yeah!!!!" in response to Donna’s comment.

I just turned back to the pork I was cooking and pretended that I had a newborn in the crib sleeping, innocently.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Uncategorized

Claire on Mother’s Day, originally uploaded by nooccar.

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