Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Bottom line: I've been out of town most of the last two weeks and Katie's been swamped with homework and childcare duties. I was fortunate enough to get three different campus interview opportunities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio over the last two weeks, and they were all scheduled one right after the other. That was wonderful news and we feel exceedingly fortunate (considering the dismal state of the economy and shortage of job openings this year), but that meant that Katie would be all by herself for about 11 days.
We were able to recruit the services of Katie's mother Lonna who came out on the Amtrack train last week to help take care of Abigail whilst I was gone. In addition to childcare duties, she also decided to take upon herself numerous home improvement tasks. She's really amazing that way. So in little over a week she and Katie have already tackled projects ranging from painting rooms to making curtains to ordering a new counter top and sink for the upstairs bathroom. Katie's dad and brother and sister (Karolyn and Kyle) will be driving out early next week to spend part of Thanksgiving week with us and then they'll all head back together on Friday or Saturday. As far as I'm concerned, it's going to be akin to cutting off my right arm in terms of losing all the help that Katie's mom has been lately.
And for interested parties: all my interviews went very well (from my perspective, at least). All three places seemed to be great schools in nice communities that would be fun places to live. It's going to be hard to beat Iowa City, of course, but we're excited that we maybe -- just maybe -- might be able to finally finish school in the spring and move on to the next phase of our lives next summer. Hopefully I'll hear from one of the three in the next week or two. We'll keep you updated. And thanks to all of you who have been keeping us in your thoughts the last few weeks/months regarding the job search.
So, as promised, here are the baby pictures...
She's doing better at mimmicking sounds that we make. She can immitate high/low pitched vocalizations and has even learned some animal sounds. She does "caw caw" for birds, growls when she sees a picture of a bear, and makes some sort of noise that I assume is her version of a "moo" when she sees a cow.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Our view: not worth the time or the money. The food isn't necessarily bad, but it certainly does not come close to some other places in town (see our previous ranking blog post: http://inspirationknoll.blogspot.com/2009/07/iowa-city-mexican-restaurant-review.html). The menu is limited (not a criticism - they're just starting up), and what they do have is okay, but nothing memorable. The rice and beans are white rice and pinto beans. The enchiladas were bland and could have used some cheese and spices of some kind. The torta was actually okay, but too much bun and not enough filling. The tacos were extremely greasy (good, but greasy), but it took away from the taste of the carnitas, onions, and cilantro inside.
On the upside, the food can legitimately be considered "authentic" (e.g. they don't use cheddar cheese), but in this case that doesn't necessarily equate to tasty. The waitress was very nice and friendly. And there were no over-the-top stereotypical Aztec murals on the wall.
All in all, it ranks above Taco Bell and Pancheros, but falls far below such other places in the area like Plaza Jalisco and La Reyna.
Monday, November 9, 2009
See how your senator voted and reward/punish accordingly next time they're up for re-election:
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Here are some videos of Abigail. This is for those of you who never see us because we are too busy this semester to hang out with anyone. Some of them are over a minute long, so I imagine only the die-hards will watch them all. I really like the dark one, in this one she is showing off her growl. Sorry it's so dark, we do not have an overhead light in our living room and the skylight only works during the day. The piano one is long, but gets better at the end. The stairs one is funny. The highchair one is short and shows her laugh. She's in her costume (Care Bear without the symbol on the middle, she kept pulling it off) in the Bumbo seat one. Oh. . . THEY'RE ALL GREAT! She's the best. Watch them all. :)