Last week my 6 year old laptop decided to finally bite the dust. Although it was inconvenient timing, I was able to transfer all of "My Documents" to an external hard drive. I've ordered a new laptop that I am really excited about, an Acer Aspire Timeline. It is considered a lightweight laptop and has an 8 hour battery life! It's supposed to be arriving today, so I'm on pins and needles waiting for the UPS truck to show up!
In other news, we're not even a month into the new school semester and I am very behind, maining on reading. Is it really possible to keep up with all the readings professors assign? I'm starting to think not.
I'm taking a course titled "Preparing for the Professoriate", which has caused me to really think about what direction I want to take my life (and my husband's) when I graduate with my Ph.D. We've been doing some tough thinking, but the answer is never clear as day. One thing we are really concerned about is when will we start a family? If I decide on a tenure-track faculty position, I essentially wouldn't be able to take maternity leave for 6 years. Six years!!! So do we try and have a child while I'm still in school. I know many people, including nearly all my family members, would advise against this, but my huband and I don't want to be nearly 40 before we start to have children. It's all up in the air right now. We have no concrete answers.
There was something else I was going to write about, but now I forget. Oh, yes. My husband and I have instituted a date night once a week as part of our New Year's resolutions. Tonight, we are going to our favorite local pizza place and then bowling. Another great thing to look forward to!
Okay, enough procrastinating, more reading...