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So, it's been... three years? Since I posted anything about my life. I'm kind of at a loss to answer the "how have you been?" question, but here's a start:

I quit my job. In fact, I quit all of academia. I got my license and opened a private practice working with children and families, primarily homeschoolers. We are much poorer, as I struggle to get the practice established (it's been just over a year, and there were some unexpected bumps in the road), but I am so much happier I can't even begin to tell you. My work is satisfying and inspiring, I am making a concrete difference in people's lives, and I answer to no one but myself. (And my clients. And the ethics committee of the Maryland Psychological Association. And Michael. And... okay, never mind.)

The children are thriving and healthy and beautiful. They are still homeschooling - now in kindergarten and fourth grade. Colin is reading and Alex won an elementary school-level math bowl. Colin plays soccer. Alex was in a children's production of As You Like It. (She played Duke Senior.) Alex has developed a firm self-identity as a geek. Colin has developed sixteen alter egos in the form of baby animals.

We got a dog last winter. The bestest dog in the world. She's a beagle-basset mix, about seven years old, and we've named her Moxie. I don't know how we ever got by without her.

Last spring I was diagnosed with cancer. Cervical cancer - carcinoma in situ, meaning that it was only in the top layer of the cervix and not invasive - which is the kind you should have if given an option. I had a total hysterectomy and was pronounced cured. Recovery was slower than I expected, but I am now fine. Throughout the entire process, Michael was profoundly supportive and wonderful.

Last fall I turned 40 and we celebrated by going to Disneyworld. I am probably supposed to be too sophisticated for that kind of thing, but it was the most delightful and magical vacation ever.

We are still living in Baltimore. Michael still works in the accounting department of an engineering firm. We still go to SUUSI, and I was just appointed to another three-year term on the SUUSI Board of Directors.

The Orioles are in the American League Championship Series.

I am happy.

Date: 2014-10-10 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
I am grinning at the happiness of this post.

Date: 2014-10-10 02:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] geminigirl
You know, I interact with you on a fairly regular basis on Facebook, and while I knew all the happy things in this post, and been happy for you about them, the amount of joy that comes through in this longer format seems more than the sum of its parts.

Date: 2014-10-10 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivka.livejournal.com
Erika, that's kind of why I'm thinking about coming back.

Date: 2014-10-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ljgeoff.livejournal.com
Oh, yes please.

Date: 2014-10-14 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mactavish.livejournal.com
I keep reaching to click "like."

I have friends/family who will never be here. But vice versa and, well, I like the longer format and html.

Date: 2014-10-10 02:32 pm (UTC)
lcohen: (autumn tree)
From: [personal profile] lcohen
that you are happy is the best part of all these terrific things--so glad to hear it! i've been thinking of you all as baltimore had been going through the post-season ;-) . (just so long as it isn't atlanta!!)

Date: 2014-10-10 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] green-knight.livejournal.com
Happy posts are good!

And there's no such thing as 'too sophisticated to have fun'.

Date: 2014-10-10 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] threeringedmoon.livejournal.com
I am glad life is going so well for you.

Date: 2014-10-10 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ricevermicelli.livejournal.com
Congratulations! I will echo everyone else in saying that you sound incredibly happy.

I am contemplating a family vacation to Disney World with some seriousness. I am sure I should be too sophisticated and too brand-averse to find the notion at all appealing, but "should" is one of those fun conditional words that refer to things that might not exist.

Disney appears to promise uncomplicated fun. Hotspur's completely enamored of some princesses. We could meet them. Danger Lad! is excited by space and roller coasters and a number of other Disney properties. We could indulge him. I could take pictures of the kids being excited and happy. I am insufficiently brand-averse to fail to find this attractive.

Date: 2014-10-10 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tendyl.livejournal.com

You sound wonderfully happy.  it's good to jave ypu back.

ps:  One is never too old for Disney (days the 37 yr old who just did her first trip to Disneyland)

Date: 2014-10-10 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobbitbabe.livejournal.com
I am glad to see you here again, and it is good to read this update/summary of your life.

Date: 2014-10-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roadnotes.livejournal.com
Agreed. I am glad to read your longer writing, and continue to be happy that you are in my universe.

Date: 2014-10-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nelc.livejournal.com
Retroactive vibes for the cancer. Glad to see they worked and you're happy.

Date: 2014-10-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ckd
I am happy about your happy! I'm a big fan of secondhand happy.

As for Disney, I think WDW is for all ages and levels of sophistication; I enjoy the rides as rides and as exapmples of their logistical and operational excellence. (Seriously, examine the ride queue designs sometime; they put a lot of work into every detail.)

Date: 2014-10-10 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dornbeast.livejournal.com
Last fall I turned 40 and we celebrated by going to Disneyworld. I am probably supposed to be too sophisticated for that kind of thing...

Only if you listen to The Wrong Sort of People.

Good to know you're still out there!

Date: 2014-10-11 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigscary.livejournal.com
Sounds good, except for the cancer, and as cancers go, seems you did OK. So good! Glad to see the kids are thriving.

Date: 2014-10-11 12:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tiger-spot.livejournal.com
Delightful! The hard parts sound like they've been either very worthwhile (new practice) or satisfyingly over (health recovery). It is good to hear that you're happy.

Date: 2014-10-11 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnpalmer.livejournal.com
I'm happy to know you are happy. And glad to hear that people are getting the benefit of your wisdom and skill.

Date: 2014-10-11 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizchalmers.livejournal.com
I was just thinking about you the other day! I am so glad you are happy.

Date: 2014-10-11 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratphooey.livejournal.com
Holy cow! So glad you are both healthy and happy!

Date: 2014-10-11 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] duane-kc.livejournal.com
Very glad to hear from you and that you're doing well.

Date: 2014-10-11 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adrian-turtle.livejournal.com
>I am happy.

Oh, good.

Date: 2014-10-12 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daddywarlock.livejournal.com
Welcome back! It's good to hear from you. The kids look wonderful, as does Michael, as do you. Give everyone my best.

Date: 2014-10-12 08:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ailbhe
Oh I've *missed* you. I'm so glad private practice works for you.

Date: 2014-10-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kazoogrrl.livejournal.com
You've had a heck of a couple of years. Glad to see you all happy and healthy. And Disney for 40 sounds awesome!

Date: 2014-10-12 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com

I am glad you are happy!

Date: 2014-10-12 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carbonel.livejournal.com
Big changes! I'm very glad that all is going so well.

And I love Disneyworld, too, schmaltz and all.

Date: 2014-10-14 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] davidlevine
I was just wondering the other day what you were up to. So glad to see you posting here and that your life has been so rich and happy! Please do keep posting.

Date: 2014-10-19 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puzzlement.livejournal.com
I knew a little of this from Tinderbox; it sounds like a challenging and happy three years. Welcome back here :)

Like other people, I've thought of you on occasion and wished you well! And this year, one of the reasons this year has been my own daughter Alexandra:

Image (https://www.flickr.com/photos/aenigmates/15374038911)

Date: 2014-10-26 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pameladean.livejournal.com
That is a packet of news and no mistake! I love the photos. I was particularly pleased to read of your going into private practice and shaking off certain horrors of the workplace.


(Sorry this is belated -- I thought I had commented earlier, but there was some weird LJ glitch where comments didn't go through.)


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