Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Note the Orien slave girl and "Pon Farr" Spock (above). They also had the U.S.S. Riverside:
We entered Abigail into the "children's" category at the costume competition. We dressed her up in a Starfleet uniform costume that my mom sent us (it was originally purchased for my sister Denali in 2001). Abigail received an "honorable mention" from the three Star Trek actors (her grandpa would have been very proud of her). She lost to a boy in a "fencing Sulu" outfit - black pants, no shirt, and a fencing sword. I think that George Takei was somewhat biased... ;-)
UPDATE (8:00 PM): As you can see from Abby's picture above, Katie did her hair up in two pig-tails on the top of her (Abigail's) head today. On our way out to the car this morning, Katie asked something about whether or not that would be appropriate for the costume contest because she wouldn't look like any particular Star Trek character. The rest of the conversation went something like this:
BEN: She looks like a Martian, she'll be just fine.
KATIE: Yes, but there aren't any Martian Star Trek people.
BEN: Okay fine, she can be an Andorian.
KATIE: Yes, but she's not blue.
This conversation is significant for the following reasons:
A) Katie knew that in the Star Trek universe, there weren't any native Martians.
B) Katie also knew that Andorians have antannae and she understood what I was getting at without me having to explain it to her.
C) Finally, Katie also knew that Andorians have blue skin.
Folks, I think this marriage will last.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Abigail's new tricks:
She loves to look out the window.
She enjoys her swimming lessons.
She raises her arms when she wants someone to pick her up. She loves to play with the toys in the bouncer even though she doesn't bounce. I've seen kids go crazy bouncing in these things. She is content to just play.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I learned some basic differences between Mainline and Evangelical Protestant denominations. I also learned what it means to be "charismatic" or "Pentecostal."
I learned that there's a difference between being a black Protestant and a Black Protestant.
I learned what a Cronbach's alpha statistic is and how to calculate it.
I learned that if I can't get a job at a university when I graduate, I could probably have a long and satisfying career working for a national survey organization like Pew or the U.S. Census Bureau.
Speaking of Pew, I learned that I owe my academic career so far to the Pew Research Center and their wonderful surveys that they make available on the internet for free. If you're looking for a worthy charitable cause - I highly recommend them, as you'll indirectly be supporting my livelihood as well.
I learned that when it comes to political attitudes, the major religious differences in contemporary America are now between "traditionalists" and "modernists" instead of between individual denominations (like Catholics vs. Protestants).
I learned that western Michigan is a nice place! I really like living in the Midwest. It's politically liberal but culturally religious, so I feel right at home.
Perhaps best of all, I learned that President Ford took his wife to a football game for their honeymoon. (Pres. Ford was from Grand Rapids and we went to his Presidential museum while we were there.)
It's nice to be back with my family now. Katie did a fabulous job holding down the fort while I was gone, as she always does. I would never be able to get along without her.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Here she is helping with with the laundry.
Here she is mad that I won't let her have the camera.
My mom suggested that I let Abigail finger paint with pudding. This is supposed to be a sensory exercise that helps her interact with new textures. It sounded fun so I decided to try it. I mixed breast milk with the pudding and it never set. I took a video is of Abigail playing with liquid pudding. She made a mess! She even got it all over me. Oh, and if you listen close to it, you can hear her saying da da da da.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
And he was on the radio in Delaware this morning, too. He sounds so knowledgable and impressive. Wow!