Tom's still alive!

I know, I haven’t blogged on here in a while; Kjirsti is doing such
a great job keeping everyone updated, I haven’t felt like I had much to
add. However, much to my loss, she is out of town for the week visiting
the fam, so it’s my turn.
The biggest news for me is I just presented my first poster. Kinda silly really, but it was an interesting way to present everything I’ve been doing for six months on a 3 foot by 4 foot poster. They printed me off 2 accidentally, so I guess I have one to ….ummm…. I don’t know what to do with an extra poster. Any ideas?
Here it is:

Not bad, eh?
So, I woke this morning with a list of ~50 items. It’s Saturday, and I didn’t want to have one of those terrible satrudays that is more stressful than weekdays. So, per my mom’s advice, I made a game of it. I know, sounds childish, but I used dice from the game “settlers”, and used the dice to decide what I did next. You roll between a barbarian and a castle; on barbarian I did something I didn’t want to do; on castle, I did something I liked. I’ve scrubbed the toilet, fixed a doorhandle, emailed my PhD committee, but I’ve also completed a nytimes crossword puzzle (with help; those are hard!) played a game of computer chess, went for a run in 10 degree weather, and went to the library. Turns out, it was a wonderful day. All comes down to the mindset I guess.
My friend Steve got me hooked on Inspector Morse, a british mini-series. Not sure if any one else out there has seen it, but it is really good! Our public library has nearly every one.
I also started the Wicked audiobook. Some of it is quite crude, not what I expected, but it is starting to shape into quite an interesting story. Hopefully it will continue on this new vein. Just wanted to warn any of you who wanted to start listening to it.

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