Saturday, September 18, 2010

On a rainy, Saturday afternoon in Michigan

I've adopted a local Starbucks as my study location #5. On a rainy and cold afternoon, you just can't beat a cozy Starbucks - the large armchairs, fireplace, tea latte, and a pumpkin muffin. Yes, please. The whole day has felt like Sunday to me, not sure why. We did our normal thing - farmers market, lunch out, short afternoon nap. Maybe I associate Saturdays with sunshine and warmth?

I also took a pregnancy test today. There have been... indications, shall we say, of a possible pregnancy that initially had us concerned. I say initially, because we weren't planning on a third McCready-Flora right now. I just started grad school, we're in a tiny apartment that can barely fit both of us, and we have no idea where we're going to be in a year. Plus, are we ready for a baby? We wanted to have more time together as a couple before starting a family. But, as we talked about the possibility, it turned from an "Oh no!" into a discussion of... could we stay in our current apartment? Could the Ian's small study work as a nursery? What would timing look like? Could I keep up with my classes if I was pregnant?

I'm sure you realize I wouldn't be writing about this if the test result was positive (although I am really terrible at keeping exciting secrets to myself). When only one line came up on the pregnancy test, I felt both relief and, unexpectedly, sadness. Yes, a baby would've been terribly inconvenient and changed our lives in ways I'm sure I can't even imagine, but we would have been so happy and scared and excited about a double line result on that little white stick. And this from the girl who swore she would never get married (um, oops) and didn't want kids.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

First of all, our exciting new Ypsilanti finds that we just can't get enough of:

  • Dom's Bakery - The absolute best apple fritter I've ever had. As they're only about a half mile away, we now have a new rule that we can only walk to Dom's, as our doughnut runs were becoming much too frequent.
  • Pacific Beach Burritos - A shout out to Emily and Hung for suggesting this gem. Best burritos and tacos I've had in the states, I think. It's no Tacos Tumbras, the taco joint we found in Acapulco on our honeymoon in May, but the concept is the same: Tortilla. Meat (with cheese, maybe with eggs) or Veggies. Salsa. I wasn't terribly impressed with their grilled veggie burrito, their different meats are outstanding and drool worthy. 
Well, I've had my first two classes this week. I've yet to enjoy my Psych Statistics class (starting this Tuesday), but my text book came in the mail and thoroughly terrorized me. The first chapter looked familiar, but after that... Eeps McGregor.

My other two classes are Feminist Thought (feminist and women's studies theory) and, the program capstone, oddly enough, Colloquium: Research on Women's and Gender Issues. It was very strange to have my very first course in grad school be the capstone, but since I'm trying to kick this program out in the next 10 months, you do what you have to do.

Well, my goal is to write a paper in the next two hours, so here I go.