Sunday, May 22, 2016

One to go!

Cam and his buddies
What a momentous weekend! Cam graduated with pomp and circumstance on Saturday. I can't believe his formal educational journey is over (unless he gets a doctorate...). The years have been filled with lots of anxiety (on my part, about grades) and worrying about getting things done on time and hoping he finds the motivation to do his best (still not sure he totally "did his best" at all times), but my work here is done. Relief!!!

He attended the all-college convocation on Friday while Annalisse and I did various running around, and on Saturday morning, we all attended (well a lot of us) the College of Science graduation. It was wrapped up in a tidy 1 1/2 hours, after which we took some pictures and stopped by the COS reception before heading to a nice lunch at The Lodge at Woodcliff. A very special day!!! We are so proud that Cam was able to finish strong, and look forward to seeing how his career unfolds for him.

We had a good (quick trip) to Rockville, MD on Tuesday/Wednesday which turned out to be for two interviews instead of just one. He had the interview with Omnitec (contracting to NIH) scheduled for 11am, but he had gotten an email on our way down saying that a company in Bethesda also wanted to speak with him, so he had an informal meeting with the manager for a position at the Walter Reed Medical Center at 8am on Wednesday before heading to his 11am interview. He thought the interviews went well, and is more interested in the Walter Reed position, but, alas, has not yet heard back on that one. He's going to follow up with them tomorrow. He felt the position with Omnitec was more like a co-op, and well below his skills and training. In a nutshell, he thought he would be super bored and not getting great experience, and would like to hold out for something more at his level of training and expertise.

This week he'll start the process of moving home, as he puts the finishing touches on his thesis and concentrates on really looking for a position.

We are heading into another busy week which will find us taking Annalisse to Toronto on Tuesday for her flight to Pisa. Off she goes!! Then two weeks from tomorrow, we will be heading to the Emerald Isle! Can't wait!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bakers on the move

The next couple of weeks will find a lot of Bakers coming and going and coming and going, starting with a quick trip down to Rockville, MD for Cam's first in-person job interview. The company seems to contract to government agencies, and with his background,  if he got the job, he might end up at a place like the NIH. One step at a time, though. Please send positive vibes!

Our busy week will culminate in Cam's graduation from RIT on Saturday morning (8:30am). I know he's a little stressed trying to finish things up, but the finish line is in sight! After graduation we will go for a nice lunch at Woodcliff, then decide the strategy for moving him home before June 1.

Then, a week from tomorrow we bring Annalisse to Toronto for her flight to Italy for her study abroad (studying the Mediterranean diet for two weeks). Then, two weeks after that we will be in Dublin for a week! YAY! Just about everything is set for our trip except the rental car from Dublin to the Cork area and our accommodations in the south.

Other than that, we are just trying to keep warm after the recent cold snap. Really, Rochester? I know it was a mild winter but the spring does not need to feel like November. Brrrrr!!! The back garden is cleared out and just waiting for the new crop of herbs. Maybe this weekend. With the cold wind and sleet this past weekend I'm sure they would not have made it very well.

I know it's Monday, but try to make it a great one!

Monday, May 9, 2016


Everything is so green right now. The buds and plants are popping, and lawns are lush from a rainy spring. It's so wooonnndddeeerrrfulll!

I waited all week, looking forward to Saturday when I had big plans to start my day with a delicious chocolate croissant from Amazing Grains Bakery after a walk to the (first weekend opened) Fairport Farmer's Market. Then, my goal was to get my very weedy herb garden hoed and raked out. All was accomplished, plus a nap on the sunny window seat. HEAVEN.

On Friday, I left work a little early to go to Mom S.'s place as the movers were (finally) scheduled to arrive around 4pm. I stayed to help unwrap stuff, and Mark came after work to relieve me while I went home to walk Jasper. What a disaster this move has been. A lot of her stuff was damaged, including her beloved piano, which the movers must have dropped as the bottom was broken, parts of it were take off, and there were big chips of wood broken off. Additionally, she is missing some boxes. She is going to call the mover today and hopefully she'll get some resolution and answers. It's a been bit of a traumatic week for her between the stress of moving, being without her stuff for a week, then having it arrive damaged and missing. I'm hoping this week goes better for her ~ she's been pretty upset.

Yesterday we celebrated a nice Mother's Day characterized by eating, eating, eating. After church, Jim and Nara hosted us at the Rochester Yacht Club for a Mother's Day lunch, then we had early reservations for dinner with Mom S. and Pat at Warfield's Restaurant in Clifton Springs. Both meals were great and the company was wonderful, but, boy! was that a lot of eating!

Unfortunately, it's Monday again and I have to once again begin the countdown to the weekend. Annalisse comes home tomorrow night, so things around here should become a little more animated when she's around. Please send good thoughts to her as she has two finals tomorrow (Tuesday), and she's a little worried about her Nutrition Education exam. Then, two weeks from tomorrow she departs for her trip to Italy. Wow, did that year go fast, or what?!

Monday, May 2, 2016

On the move...and other news!

Well, hello there. Yes, I've been busy, and a little lazy, too. Welcome back!

This past weekend could definitely be defined with one word: MOVING.

Moving Part I: On Friday, Mark and I took a quick trip down to Alexandria to load up our car and Mom's car for her move back to Rochester. We are super happy to have her back, but she is very sad about leaving the kids, and it will be a big adjustment for her to be back. We were there for just a day. I left at 6:30am on Saturday morning to head back with my full car, while Mom and Mark waited for the movers, who were supposed to arrive between noon-2pm. Well, they got a call saying the movers would not arrive until between 4-5pm, and it was 5:30 by the time they showed up, and 8:30 by the time they left. Mom and Mark finally left Virginia at 8:45pm, and arrived in Fairport at 4:45am. What a night. Thankfully they made it home safely as, in addition to being up all night, the weather was pouring rain all the way.

Moving Part II: Last Wednesday, Nic and Patrick closed on their house in East Rochester, and took through the weekend to paint and repair different items. They moved all their stuff in on Saturday, and have been trying to get settled. They've had company from out of town to help out so I've not gotten in the way, but may try to help them get settled this week if they have a project or two I can do.

In other Baker news: On April 21 (JASPER'S 9th BIRTHDAY!), Cam successfully defended his Master's thesis, and made some further tweaks last week before handing in the edited version on Thursday. WHEW! Now, he just needs to finish up his incomplete from last term. We've decided on a nice luncheon at The Lodge at Woodcliff following his graduation on May 21. Now, to find a job...!!

In Trip News: We've booked our accommodations for our trip to Ireland, and now just need to figure out the rental car situation. Two of the rentals (through Airbnb) are apartments in Dublin, and in Cork we will be staying in a pre-1800s (modernized) thatched roof cottage. It will definitely be an expensive jaunt, but we are very much looking forward to it.

Other than that, somehow the weeks fill up and I'm left with very little "down time." The spring weather remains cold, dark and rainy - probably payment for our mild winter. But, a bright spot: the Fairport Farmer's Market opens this weekend, so it can't be all that bad!