Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today I had enforced upon me the recognition of an achievement. This week is the completion of the graduate program at the Best Department Evah. I will be a graduate no more. The newly minted graduates for 2009 will arrive some time in the next few weeks, and I and my colleagues will no longer be the most junior members of the Department. We will be grown ups.

Also, I have a certificate, which is always a nice thing. Alas, it will not roll up neatly to fit into my tube o' recognition with my degree. I shall have to begin an additional envelope o' recognition.

This moment of somber celebration made me reflect upon what a year of achievements it's been for the family. We moved interstate and didn't go completely and utterly deranged. The Noodle started at a new school, and didn't go completely and utterly deranged. The Husband completed his Masters degree. I am yet to fully gauge levels of derangery there. I have completed a year of full time work where I have had moments of comparative derangery at different times, but what else would you expect? Full time work? I asks you. Madness from beginning to end.

The biggest achievement has been that we all still like each other. But I don't think we get a certifcate for that.


aztec-rose said...

A year of great achievements for you all. You have stood up to the challenges of change.

If it makes you feel any better, it's seems that working part-time may not be a whole lot easier than working full time, although both can still be quite intense.

Penthe said...

Yes, I agree. I think it's been the dramatic change this year that has caused the stress rather than full time work as such.

Part time work can be difficult, because it's so hard to know what's expected of you at home and at work.