We're back in South! Everyone is exhausted. Wesley is asleep, Charlie's on his way, and I'm ignoring the dishes from the Mother's Day dinner of scrambled eggs with cheese and tomatoes, salad, sausage, and muffins Ryan made me in favor of uploading pictures and putting the shiny new "Alumni" sticker on my car (Another thing I am ignoring is the fact that the sticker uses the wrong form of the word "Alumni." Ryan says it's ok because each of us is an "alumnus"/alumna" and we both drive the red car, ergo the plural form, "Alumni," is actually correct.).
Graduation was so much fun. Ryan's mom got this great picture, which is good, because at that exact moment I was very confused by what I was supposed to be doing and chastising myself for not being in the moment.
Also, the commencement speaker was standing in the receiving line and I wanted to find just the right words to say "OMG I HEARTED YOUR SPEECH" without sounding like a total dork. She talked about her son and her job in the White House and working and parenting and priority making and career paths. I settled on "Your speech meant a lot to me" then added "I have two boys!" like a total spaz. Then I moved down the line and everyone greeted me with "Doctor" as I shook their hand. Trippy!
I went with the orange shoes because orange is the color for engineering, where my hippie multidisciplinary degree is based. My hood turned out to be blue for Philosophy. They should really cover these kinds of details in orientation. Or maybe I'm the only one late to that party. But yay! Fun shoes!
The big surprise is that Charlie was ALSO hooded on Friday. We are quite proud of his dissertation work in nanophysics. And classics. He was hooded twice.
And on Saturday we had some people over and we drank two gallons of coffee. It was everything I thought it would be.
Sunday we went to our old church where we were welcomed as though we had never left. Big thanks to our friends S and Dr. C for giving us their house for the weekend (they are off on a field project somewhere). Their warm hospitality made our visit so relaxed and easy and we can't wait to visit again.