Semester's close

Dec 14, 2002

The busy, hectic and harried semester is finished, just in time for some holiday cheer. I most definitely need some time to evaluate the past three months and all that I attempted, failed at and succeeded in. Watch for more of my thoughts as I create a game plan for semester two. Here’s how Erindescribed it to her family:

So, here in NC we are finally finished with what has proven to be quite a trying semester. Between the two of us we were in graduate school full-time, Anton worked 3 jobs and I worked 2 just to keep the lights on (which incidentally didn’t help in our recent icestorm – we were without power for 5 days), but despite our busy schedules, we split our time with Anna and were home quite often. We tag team so often, one will pick the other up and switch for a meeting or class, Anna just sits in the carseat and waits to see who is driving next and where we are off to. We had 3 different babysitters (Luisa from Columbia who left mid-October, Jessamyn who replaced her, a first year masters student in my department and Amy, our wonderful babysitter from Yadkinville, NC who has been with us now for a year—she graduates in May and I don’t know what we’ll do). All of our sitters have been fabulous and we know we couldn’t have done this semester without them. Anna still has a few Spanish words in her repertoire, so hopefully that was a good seed planted. Our date nights have become quite sparse but that is a New Year’s resolution: revive weekly date nights and the other is to go to bed before 1 am at least 3 nights/week. We managed to host our Wednesday West Wing group most weeks and enjoy the evening of drinks and discussion with our good friends.
Erin and Anna and I hit the road tomorrow, for a trip to Washington, D.C., where Erin has a meeting with Peace Corps – she’s the campus recruiter for UNC-CH and Duke University – and I have a plan to visit Uncle Mike in his Wild Birds Unlimited store. Then onto Cleveland for the holidays.

Anton Zuiker

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