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I turned in my dissertation last week! I'll officially be a doctor on 9/1/2008. Woot! :)

Now on to writing the journal version...and then maybe my academic obligations will be fully discharged. I expect that this won't be quite as taxing, since it's mostly going to involve cutting stuff and refining it so that it flows smoothly.

In other news, I signed up for a pencil drawing & sketching class at my local tech school, so I'll be happily sketching away this fall! I've been self-taught up to this point, but it's long been a dream of mine to get some official training, maybe move on to learning how to use color (oooh!)

jcobleigh and I have started watching the first season of Stargate: Atlantis on DVD. It's fun watching the characters in their earlier years. First few eps are surprisingly good. The show doesn't reach the heights of the new Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5, but it's roughly equivalent to the generic sci-fi fun, refreshingly non-soap-operatic, occasionally interesting thoughts of Stargate: SG-1, so I'm satisfied.

God (and life) is good.


Can you believe women in this day and age are picking consistency??
Tsk Tsk Tsk


(my cousin's getting married...i *rant* here)

I like "The Doctors Doe". It's very impressive.

I know! It is a shame! I didn't want to hyphenate, the new surname is more interesting than my maiden name, and I wanted us both to have the same last name as our kids, so we'd be easily identifiable. How does it work in T&T / Muslim culture?
I know...I heard your "excuse" so that's why I'm ranting safely here. Don't want to tease my cousin just in case she ... well ... it's hard when you don't see your cousin much, right.

Oho! Easily identifiable..for that, I'd thwap you :-p

Well,there are always these macho males.

And technically speaking my mom didn't take dad's name but you know my last name and it's as common here as is your maiden name...so yeah. She can pretend if their last names were different she wouldn't've changed it.

So, you're just supposed to keep your father's name. (I guess it's easy to track your mother, right? through birth?). But I think the previous generation didn't change their name.

Now...people...well my sister-in-law and her sisters didn't. My sister didn't. I wouldn't (HYPOTHETICAL).

I think people in T&T do as they like.
I don't think the name changes automatically on marriage even tho people might assume that you'll be called different...and if you start using it you'll start signing up for new docs differently.
I could ask the lawyer...she knows more people than I'll ever know.
The name doesn't change automatically on marriage in the US, either. We each had an opportunity to change our names (he could've changed to mine, or like one of the UMass CS profs, both people could change their names to something completely different).

Hee hee on the "(HYPOTHETICAL)". I do the same thing whenever the slightest glimmer of a suspicion or rumor might be started about The Next Big Transition. So no teasing from me, despite what other people might do...

Thwaps are imminent
Oh yes. I shall THWAP you for leading me on.
I will say nothing except that you both are as well-prepared for The Next Big Transition as anyone, and much better-prepared than most people.

(I would like you to know that a piece of pizza was flung at my head while I was typing that by the result of The Last -- And We Mean Last -- Big Transition.)

Edit: It occurs to me that you might have been talking about getting a dog. Or remodelling the kitchen. Whoops.

Edited at 2008-08-29 04:21 pm (UTC)
No, you had it right.

If I say the wrong thing, it sets silly_lilly off. Actually, if I say much of anything at all, it sets her off.

So I'm very careful. :)
no no no
*everything* you say is right!


oh come on! if i didn't say that you would've been let down. you would've wondered if something was wrong with me. if i was sick or something.
do you know that transitioning from one child to two isn't a Big Transition...
No, it still is...but it just seems like it isn't to a sleep-deprived brain.
Thwap if you must, but my wife's mother's name is Gutierrez. So every time my wife had to register at school, they would just automatically stick her in an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. This for someone who was reading Jane Austen in elementary school, who was like #4 in her senior class, right?

So they'd put her in ESL, and her mother would freak out and go down the school and present herself -- a white-as-a-sheet, blonde, Very Obviously of Swedish Ancestry woman -- and say, "You have fifteen minutes to get her schedule right or I'm going straight to the Board with a discrimination complaint."

Having the same name as your children can be very, very useful. It can stop the freight train of thoughtless racism.
yeah but why pander to silly thoughtless racists...
(ok ok use whatever name you want)