Saturday, February 22, 2014

Long Time Coming...

I seem to have lost track of my blog.  I've been creating pdfs of each year of posts, as I am half afraid I'll discover it gone one day!

Let's see...last time I posted was our trip to Boston and graduation.  Not too much has happened - I've slowly been getting used to having my life back.  I just recently started sleeping well again - you'd think that would have happened right after finishing school, but apparently it's taken awhile to settle back down. Two new things for me:

I seem to have lost my racing mojo.  Not my desire to run - I'm still pulling in my basic 25+ miles a week.  I love my early morning runs and am very happy with them.  No, it's my interest in going to races that's gone and I don't know why.  I sort of ran the Seattle Ghost Marathon back at Thanksgiving.  I have to say "sort of" because I hadn't trained and I was sick.  My voice was gone and I had a wracking cough, but I tried anyway.  Ended up walking the last six or seven miles.  I was sick for the next month - out of energy, coughing, just not good.  I finally got over it and my runs smoothed out again.  However, even before that, I wasn't feeling the pull for races.  Due to life circumstances, we had to miss a couple of our favorites - Deception Pass and Orcas.  And, really, it didn't bother me at all!  I've been thinking lately about the Redmond Watershed 12's sparking an interest for me.  Maybe it's the unlimited time aspect, the trails, the loops, the friends, but that's the one that's drawing me in.  I guess I'll just flow with it and see if my interest comes back...

Eric and I have decided to follow a dream.  We are selling our condo and buying a boat.  Our plan is to live aboard at the local marina.  We'll spend weekends and vacations exploring Puget Sound, the islands, and north into Canada.  A long term plan is to take a summer off and travel to Alaska via the Inland Passage.  I'm really excited about this - simplifying life, trying something new, exploring, and being on the water!  At the same time, it's kind of daunting.  Putting most of our stuff in storage (we're going from 1750 sq ft to probably less than 300), living at the'll be interesting, that's for sure!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Really and Truly Finished

We just got home from a wonderful weekend in Boston - where I attended my Doctoral Hooding ceremony and graduation.  And, where we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary! 

We had a busy summer - we traveled to the Reno/Tahoe area for Eric to participate in the TRT100, we visited our good friends Jimmy and Suzy, we sailed with Web on his tall ship, we shared family time with both Web and Riley, I prepped for fall classes, then spent nine days helping my parents after my Mom had major surgery, then we flew off to Boston.  For now, I continue to teach part time, though the world feels wide open!  I'm considering several career paths - all of which are exciting.  Best of all though, is having free time. 

The funny thing is, that after three years of reduced running, I'm finding it hard to get my enthusiasm for racing back.  I still love my early morning runs, and I still get out there five mornings a week, but I haven't felt an urge to race.  I don't think I mentioned it, but the Saturday after I defended, I participated in the Redmond 12 hour, where I logged 39.5 miles - not too bad considering my lack of training.  I also signed up for the Ghost of Seattle marathon, but I'm still thinking about dropping to the half.  Who knows?  For now, I'll enjoy those morning runs and see where they take me. 

  The four of us at Easter.
 Riley - Warrior of the Month
 Web on the Lady Washington

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I did it! I passed my oral defense and am now Dr. Barnes!

Following is my academy award winning speech:

Eric was my rock during this whole journey. He's been trying to talk me into getting a doctorate since I graduated from WWU back in 1982. When I came home with this wild idea that I was ready, he was immediately on-board...even when I said it would be in Education and there probably wasn't much money in it. :) He wanted me to do it for me. He was there everyday to listen to me ramble on about my latest interesting find, was ready to deal when I thought my head might explode, listened to me whine when I had to miss out on some fun, and to celebrate every time I did well. He is simply the best. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you, Eric!
Krissy was my partner-in-crime, my roomie-in-Boston, and is only a few months from becoming a Doctor herself. She helped me connect with other ECE folk and shared many a frustration. Steve and Lorri  were a source of constant support, humor, beer, and friendship.  Margaret convinced me that I wasn't too old to chase a Doctorate and supported me every step of the way. She never failed in her enthusiasm and encouragement.
There are many others to thank, including our wonderful sons and my personal mentor, Judy. Judy read every single paper I wrote from the first day to the last (all 162 pages of the last!) She was my code-checker, my supporter, part of my pilot, and my go-to person when I thought I didn't know what I was doing. Again, many, many thanks to Judy!

Web and Riley helped me through one of the most difficult of months - when we left our home of 19 years to move north. I had exactly two days between the end of spring quarter and the beginning of summer quarter, so no time for a move. I was leaving my beloved job at Pierce, all my Puyallup connections, trying to get ready for summer residency in Boston, getting ready to send Riley off to boot camp and oh yeah, trying to pack up and move out and Eric was already living in Mukilteo. I might have had a meltdown or two... Web and Riley carried the day - dealing with the garage sale mess, fixing up my computer issues, and doing anything they could to help. They've been my constant cheering squad through this whole thing - thanks to both of you - love you more than you can know!
There are so many people who encouraged me along the way, I can't possibly name them all.  My Mom and Dad, sisters and brothers, my cousins, my brother-and-sister-in-law, former and current colleagues, and my fellow doctoral students at NEU.  Thanks to all!
 I said last night that it might take a village to raise a child, but it also takes a village to get a doctorate.  Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way!